Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

I recently read an article in The Times called The City needs a dose of financial Darwinism that compared the financial services sector to the natural world. It discussed Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection – the idea that characteristics of the ‘fittest’ offspring survive and are passed down – and it was argued that this is just as relevant for banking as it is for animals.

This makes a lot of sense, and it’s not just applicable to financial services, but businesses in general. In our current economic climate, organisations are faced with unfamiliar difficulties, just as individual species would have come across problems during past climatic changes.

This creates a struggle for existence, and some animals and businesses are unable to survive in the new conditions. Extinction is a natural process, but clearly this is no conciliation if it’s your company that is dying out.

It isn’t all doom and gloom though. The fact that a wide diversity of species still exist on Earth shows us that there is the ability to survive huge disruptions, and the global economy will also be able to get through these difficult times. Read the rest of this entry »

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It was a small story. Not even a full column. Hidden away. But there it was: a story about the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan. While there is tragically nothing new about the death of corporal Alex Guy, the words of his wife, Emma, should be read by every CEO and HR director, printed out and posted on the wall of every boardroom, every office across UK plc.

Why?

Because the serviceman from the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was described by his wife quite simply as ‘kind’. “[Alex was] a happy, full-of-life and kind-hearted man,” she said.

Kind? In today’s US-centric world of ‘awesome’, ‘wow’ and ‘mega’, kind sounds a little weak, limp even. But that aside what is the relevance of ‘kind’ Corporal Guy to modern business and to HR? Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve been involved in leadership development, diversity and equality since early in my career.

It’s very encouraging that organisations are recognising the need for diversity within their workforce as a whole, as well as within their leadership. But when we talk about diversity at senior levels within our organisations, what are we generally talking about?

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With Wimbledon in full swing and a busy summer of sport ahead of us, it’s a perfect time to think about the relationships that elite athletes have with their coaches, and the roles they play in making them a success.

Having an inspiring mentor who can lead you down the path to glory and can bring out the very best in you can mean the difference between playing in the finals on centre court and getting beaten in the first round.

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Leading with your strengths

08 Jun

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      Marshall Goldsmith, winner of the Thinkers50 Leadership Award 2011, believes too many leaders are stuck in their ways. His presentation: ‘What got you there won’t get you there’, and recent research conducted by people management consultancy, Capp, suggest that the failure to realise this results in ineffective management and burnout.

      At a time of increasing pressure to get more women into the boardroom, fellow Capp director Alex Linley and I offer examples of how female leaders can align their leadership strengths to situations and strategy. In this way, we ignite leadership performance and resist overplaying strengths.

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