Culture

Understanding culture is impossible from an ivory tower

My conversations over the last couple of weeks have often had ‘culture’ running through them.  I’ve sat in a number of meetings with experienced HR Directors, business leaders, and sports managers, who are all looking to reinforce or re-engage their teams with either an existing stated culture, or with a new, yet to be defined

High Performance without Leadership? Not even a thing

Simon Sinek was asked in a recent Webcast (Servant leadership in the 21st Century) ‘what should we do with high performers who are poor leaders’? His immediate answer was ‘coach them… and if they’re uncoachable, share them with the competition’ Whilst I love this answer and it’s passion, I really was hoping he’d say ‘change

Good deeds – good days

I’ve been reflecting recently about the support Leading Edge have given to Warwickshire-based charity Helping Hands and how we’ve been able to connect some of our fantastic clients like Jaguar Land Rover, Whitbread and Wickes– with the charity for the good of both.  (You may have seen the amazing news of the donation Wickes gave

Posters and artifacts.. the hidden messages that can undermine change

Take a look around your business, head office or workplace… a real look… what’s on the walls, the noticeboards, stuck to the cupboard in the kitchen, on the toilet cubicle door? The reason I ask is, I wonder how many outdated and culturally unaligned messages you and your work colleagues are receiving – subliminally as

Legacy… the higher purpose ‘Why?’ that inspires

A number of conversations this week have involved the concept of Legacy.. funny how that happens isn’t it?  Like thinking of blue cars, and then every other car you see is blue… My own interest in legacy was sharpened last Sunday watching the hugely emotional post match interview with Marta, Brazilian women’s footballer, after they

Encouraging others to paint themselves into your Vision

Creating a situation where people feel compelled to align to a vision is often a leader’s desire, particularly in situations of change. Be they forced by the market, a change in senior leadership strategy or a diversification in what you do, we’d all want out teams to the change and with it the direction of

Increasing dissatisfaction – the bedrock of change

Why is dissatisfaction such a big deal in the Change Equation? Our view?  Without it we go nowhere – all other items can be in place for positive change but if we are not ‘dissatisfied’ with our now then why would we change? If the status quo is fine for us what is the need

The Value of Clarity for teams

We recognise the need for teams to go on ‘the’ journey, not just be driven blindly or taken for the ride – and that journeys must have a clear beginning, middle and end (before moving onto the next adventure/business challenge). But how do leaders of teams engage teams to willingly go on a journey? First

Rugby, education and Love = High Performance Turnaround

Friday saw us bring together 40+ directors of Sport, Talent Development Managers and senior business leaders from retail, hospitality, food, utilities, automotive and pharmaceutical to explore #turnaround stories  – the fourth event we’ve hosted in as series around #highperformance Our setting for this event was the Thomas Becket Catholic School, Northampton a #Turnaround story lead

Rugby leadership… military style

Unconscious bias, and how it plays out in leadership, was a main theme of a pretty special 48 hours I spent with 14 Premiership Rugby Academy Managers recently. Leading Edge is working with England Rugby and Premiership Rugby on a development journey for these Academy Managers, and I’ve been privileged to support these guys for

The many hats of the manager…. From an employee perspective

  This week’s blog is written from the perspective of being ‘managed’. What is it that employees desire from those that guide them? We’d all  recognise the need for managers to flex in the manner and approach they take in transitioning through successful and challenging business periods. From motivating existing staff to welcoming new team

London 2012 – my purpose as a Gamesmaker

Our recent posts about creating a movement sparked some memories for me around a time when I was part of one of the biggest volunteer movements in peacetime in the UK London 2012 .. the second time we’d hosted the Olympic Games in this country, involved the recruitment, training and engagement of 70000 volunteers to