Our Thoughts

Team Coach – beyond Consultant

‘You don’t need costly consultants – just a good HR professional’ is the headline of a People Management interview with Debra Lang, director of HR and professional services at Visit Britain/Visit England. Reading the article in this month’s issue at the same time as reading ‘No B*llshit Leadership‘ (Chris Hirst) with it’s peppered comments like

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

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

Victoria’s 10 big years in three small words

We call ourselves ‘Team Green’ at Leading Edge, and if you’re part of our community on LinkedIn or Twitter, you’ll have seen green hearts accompanying many of our posts. Our brand looks so very green that we really can’t go by any other name! But it isn’t just a name. It represents a close team

Performance Wellbeing – an athlete’s story

“Performance Wellbeing is about creating the conditions for peak performance.” These words about Performance Wellbeing are from Michaela Weller, Director at Leading Edge, and they resonate so strongly with me. We were chatting ahead of a Leading Edge webinar on the topic last week as I prepared to share my own story throughout my nine years