Leadership

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

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

Moving development from pitch to screen with Newport Dragons

Translating something that usually happens face to face into something that needs to happen virtually is a current challenge across all areas of our lives at the moment. It’s certainly been big for us at Leading Edge – and it’s something we’re experienced in having hosted and facilitated virtual global meetings for a multinational client

Recognising the leader’s role in transition – 3H’s

Anybody feeling a bit out of sorts and fatigued this week?  A bit low and feeling like you’ve lost motivation to embrace the home schooling and virtual quizzes that have personified your adaptable approach to Lockdown over the last 74 days? It feels like there’s been a bit of shift, certainly in the conversations that

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.

Coming out of the storm as individuals and teams

These past couple of weeks, I’ve had some great conversations with clients around emerging from this lockdown situation. Of course, they are very clear that where they were at the start of 2020, and where they were heading as a business or team, is not where they are now. Too much has changed. In our

Communication with clarity .. and receiver responsibility

Collective anticipation for the Ministerial update on Sunday evening was high.  65 million of us wanted to know what restrictions our lives would be guided by over the coming weeks.  We awaited Boris Johnson’s briefing (and the subsequent touted 50 page guidance document) with a desire for clarity. Did we get it?  Well it appears

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

The many new paradoxes facing leaders today

Life as we know it is temporarily on hold as the coronavirus pandemic calls for new ways of going about daily life and business. ‘Work’ probably looks and feels very different for many of us right now, with ‘working from home’ being the new norm. I was chatting about this on a webinar I took

Leadership in uncertainty. Any map will do.

We are all living through an unprecedented global experience.  The global pandemic COVID-19, has shifted the landscape and context in which we are operating as organisations, and culturally participating as individuals, for at least the next few months; and with no certainty as to the impact and timescales. In periods of uncertainty, we naturally look

The view from the train carriage…

I got very excited by a film that Fletch recommended to us all this week… Ford vs Ferrari He’d used it as a great story with a high performing team in Nashville to illustrate and provoke the team to think about ‘innovation’ and ‘fail fast’ ..and had some brilliant conversations I immediately started searching Sky