Change

Team Coach – beyond Consultant

‘You don’t need costly consultants – just a good HR professional’ is the headline of a People Management interview with Debra Lang, director of HR and professional services at Visit Britain/Visit England. Reading the article in this month’s issue at the same time as reading ‘No B*llshit Leadership‘ (Chris Hirst) with it’s peppered comments like

Successfully reintegrating your workforce : Return from furlough

As the UK’s coronavirus response moves towards the reopening of many businesses and a September 2021 end to the Job Retention Scheme we all call ‘furlough’, many business and HR leaders are increasingly aware of the need to successfully return furloughed employees to work. With numbers of employees on furlough reaching 4.7 million people in

Starting the New Year with ‘agility fatigue’

‘Happy New Year! Thank goodness 2020 is behind us’ .. that was a pretty shortlived sentiment, as the realisation of Uk wide lockdown 3.0 became clear.  For most of us the tentative plans and building blocks we had started to explore for ‘early spring’ are once again being reviewed, revised and reconsidered in the face

More Learning and Memories of 2020

I closed ‘Part 1’ of my reflections blog on knowing how our clients come to us for our service when they need it. They know how we work and what we stand for, and we hope they’ll come to us because we feel most relevant to them, because we care the most or because we

Learning and Memories of 2020

Last week, we enjoyed our annual Team Day and Christmas celebrations. Every year, this is a special time when we spend the day as one big Leading Edge community. We’re people who value moments together, who bring out the best in each other, who learn from each other and who love supporting our clients. We’ve

Joining the coaching team at Newport Dragons

My weekends are taking on a new look as I settle into a role as Mental Skills & Leadership Coach with Newport Dragons. Anyone who knows me knows my huge passion for rugby, and so I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Dragons in this way. The club is forward-thinking with real ambition to build

Exploring cultural reset with the Advanced Manufacturing Forum

It was a real privilege to speak on a webinar for business leaders from across the North West earlier this month on the topic of resetting culture after Covid. I’d done something similar for the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) in July, and this opportunity to support the Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) was lined

Supporting teams through this shifted landscape

It’s a constant challenge for organisations to stay ahead in a fast-moving world. They need their teams to have strong collaboration, to be constantly improving productivity and to be engaged in a way that goes further than salary. This post-COVID world we’re in is putting a big spotlight on challenges that were already there, aspects

Goodbye office working.. hello collaboration spaces and cultural glue

We’re no longer talking about returning to ‘business as usual’.  The conversation has moved on at pace.  When Boris Johnson said that employers will be given “more discretion” to consider how their staff can continue working safely (July 17) there wasn’t a seismic shift in mindset.  In fact by 20 July, Royal Bank of Scotland

Uncertainty accentuates the need for a clear plan

Just when we’d started to get used to working in lockdown, the Covid-19 landscape shifts again. While some industries and sectors (those deemed essential) have obviously continued in extraordinary circumstances, for many of us the lockdown period meant almost total remote working, colleagues being furloughed and wholesale changes to our rhythm, focus and ways of working.

Remote working success… beyond the Zoom competence

Remote working success is about more than just learning to mute mics and draw cats on a whiteboard in Zoom.  We’ve all had a few weeks to nail these fundamentals, and there’s been an amazing uplift in our collective competence.  But the culture of your organisation or team?  How’s that fairing in a world where

Lending a virtual hand to clients

I was so touched to receive some wonderful feedback from our client Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) last week after we facilitated a free virtual session around leading through disruptive change. This was the first virtual session we’d planned and delivered following our email offer of support that went out to clients the week before. Leading