Culture

The need for safe space

I took part in a virtual conference last week – Creating Safe Spaces – alongside Ashton Hewitt, one of the most exciting players in Welsh rugby who I’m proud to work with at Dragons, where I coach on mental skills and leadership. Be the Ripple’s Creating Safe Spaces conferenceAshton is standing out as someone making

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

Metaphor can help open our minds

When we’re working with a team to explore where their challenges lie, we often base conversations around Dilts’ Logical Levels. It’s a model that helps us to understand the different levels (identity, beliefs and values, capability, behaviour and environment) at which we experience our world. We ask the team members to consider the statement “I

Delving into system thinking with Dragons Rugby

One area of my Mental Skills & Leadership coaching role with Dragons Rugby is helping the player leadership group to develop into more effective and influential leaders. In a recent session, we did some work around how we think and how this affects how we act. A great way to explore this is through the

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