Our Thoughts

Transformational change.. or simply the power of Habits

Transformational change.  The two words seem extraordinarily coupled in all sorts of guises.  Many organisational gurus and business thought leaders no longer talk about ‘change’.. they automatically couple ‘transformational’ in front of ‘change’. But surely ‘transformational’ is either superfluous (by its nature, all change ‘transforms’?) or we’re at risk of making change a super tanker,

Resolutions, habits and the proverbial horse

If you’re still working hard at your New Years Resolution a full week after the globally recognised Quitters Day (second Friday of January), well done you! With data suggesting that 80% of all resolutions fail, is it time we gave ourselves permission to use a less ‘weighty’ language for the changes we desire to make?

Sharing memorable moments

It’s been another memorable year of supporting our brilliant clients with team development, leadership and change, and this has meant plenty of opportunity to bring learnings from business into sport and sport back into business. Standout for Leading Edge in 2019 has been our continued journey with the British Olympic Association (BOA). Seeing an initial

Innovation isn’t a function .. it’s a culture

Innovation through Creativity is one of the TEAMEDGE modules that we’ve had amazing response to, so we took it as inspiration for our latest ‘high performance’ event. We were delighted when our clients Miele offered to host us at their Experience Centre in Abingdon, and to tell us the amazing advances they are creating like

How many people does it take to run a Marathon?

Marathon running is a solo activity, isn’t it?   Hours of pounding the roads and byways on training runs, with a hydration pack and an mobile phone for emergencies Having just run Dublin Marathon this weekend, I’ve been reflecting on the many faces of the ‘support team’ that make a marathon possible     Kate Davies,

Learning impact – 12 levers of effectiveness

Heading to events like WOLCE or CIPD annual conference are fabulous time for us L&D types to refresh our knowledge, often with ‘ah yes I know that’ moments, but every so often you catch a gem that sends you into a google/research spin This week a speaker at the World of Learning conference made reference

Talent identification .. how do you define and support high potential?

‘She’s only 21, so she has a huge amount of potential.. coming 7th is a brilliant place for her’ ‘Achieving 4th at 23, he’s got years ahead of him to really maximise his talent’ These were among the many commentator quotes about talent from the IAAF World Athleteics Championships in Doha at the weekend.   What

Busting limiting beliefs.. Uruguay in Tokyo & Roger Bannister

I’ve been reading Martyn Newman’s book ‘Emotional Capitalists’ (Building Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Success) this week.. and was struck by a story regarding Roger Bannister and the 4 minute mile.  We all know that Roger Bannister completed the seemingly impossible feat of running a mile in under 4 minutes in 1954. But what piqued by

Rivers of thinking.. and the value of time to explore

Spending time with our Team Coaches is often in service of a specific project discovery or design or client meeting or delivery of event.  Yesterday I had a great day with six of our Team Coaches in service of sharing and learning from each other around the application of our leadership Point of View. When

A step too far in service of creativity?

I’ve been mulling over a recent conversation with a client who wanted to ‘refresh’ part of their development programme.  Nothing unusual in that, except they were pretty clear that the intervention has great take up, great feedback and great results that have sustained impact back in the workplace. So why change it?  “We just need

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