Leadership

Picking a leader

As the Tory leadership contest continues, with the 11 potentials whittled down to 5.. I’ve been thinking about the challenge of ‘choosing’ your own leader When you think about it, it’s not a position many of us find ourselves… We rarely get to ‘select’ our line manager or the person we report to.  We may

Assumptions and perceptions of Ruiz … the risk of bias

Arguably the sporting shock of the weekend (if not in boxing history) was the knockout defeat of Anthony Joshua in the heavyweight title fight to Andy Ruiz Jr. Ruiz, in winning his thirty-third professional fight, became the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world, as Joshua experienced his first defeat. Ruiz was the underdog –

Revolving door managers and overcoming resistance to change

This is the last in a the series of of blogs relating to change, more specifically Dannemillar’s formula for sustainable change (D x V x F) > R. Where – D = Dissatisfaction, V = Vision, F = First Steps, R = Resistance If this equation is correct then, ‘resistance to change’ can be overcome…

First Steps to Change… making it easy

In my last blog regarding Dannemillar’s change equation I described vision and the need for this to be meaningful to your team… “can they visualise themselves in the future state? If not, your carefully crafted vision is nothing but a soundbite”. This week, I’ve been thinking about how we ensure that vision has some tangible

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

Trying hard to be authentic… a leadership paradox

Great leadership demands ‘clarity of self’ and the expression of an ‘authentic self’ (the ‘real’ you) to those around. Try to lead by copying those listed in the top 100 companies across the world and you will fail – why? Because they are someone else, you are not them, your context is different as are

Delivering Results… the tension in Outcome vs Process

When thinking of the business need to deliver results I seem to be drawn toward the value of relationships. Being results driven (or outcome focused) can often seem like it would be to the detriment of people, relationships and their development.   In his article – In Sports, Results Matter, But to Get Them, Ignore

Sense-making – the landscape of understanding

The style and origin of this blog are a little different than previous, this one sees the stories of business inform sport which in turn frames some learning back. At Leading Edge we see the ability to ‘sense-make’ as a multiplier opportunity not to be missed. The skills and freedom to sense-make offers far reaching

Curiosity in Others – the science and value

One fundamental key to the ongoing success of a team can be value they hold for and interest they have in each other’s worlds (within and outside of work). For us, this interest in others wraps around our approach to being ‘highly effective team’ – we call it ‘Curiosity‘ Curiosity is such an important element

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