Culture

What’s Psychological Safety got to do with High Performance?

‘I was looking for one definition of Psychological Safety.  But I realised it means different things to different people – the richness is in the exploration together’  That was the reflection of one of our attendees at last week’s virtual Performance Hub ‘What’s Psychological Safety got to do with High Performance?’ Psych Safety as a

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

Women in Leadership Roundtable: Harnessing the Power of Advocacy

Advocacy, sponsors, quotas, allies – just some of many topics explored on a recent virtual roundtable I hosted as part of Leading Edge’s Performance Hub series. Ready to dive into the theme of ‘Harnessing the Power of Advocacy’, I was delighted to be joined by Nigyar Makhmudova, Chief Growth Officer at Danone; James Cheeseman, Academy

A pre-season like no other… or should that be plural?

It’s been ‘pre-season’ time with my hockey squad recently, and I’ve noticed so many similarities with what we’ve been doing as a team at Leading Edge – it’s like I’ve been involved in two pre-seasons! From the uncertainty around whether we’ll get a match, to navigating new rules for a new world, to strengthening our

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

Redefining purpose as an anchor in uncertainty

How’s your team shaping up on the return to work? Maybe you’ve got team members who were the first to rush back into the workplace, and others who are still choosing to work from home? Have you had to make tough choices around reducing head count? Or are you still heavily restricted in your business

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

Great to be back in the (class) room

It was such a privilege earlier this month to get to know Executive Head Teacher Ciran Stapleton and his senior leadership team at St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Slough. Leading Edge have a fantastic relationship with Ciran, initially through Patrick supporting England Rugby’s U20s development with an initiative at Thomas Becket Catholic School in

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

Fear: the omnipresent monster outside the door

Hands up if you’ve had more than enough of this live and interactive series of global Big Brother which we’re all playing a role in?  Day 104 of Uk version 4.3 of Lockdown and I sense a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the remainder of this never ending ‘boxset’. What’s changed?  Where has our enthusiasm

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