Our Thoughts

High Performance without Leadership? Not even a thing

Simon Sinek was asked in a recent Webcast (Servant leadership in the 21st Century) ‘what should we do with high performers who are poor leaders’? His immediate answer was ‘coach them… and if they’re uncoachable, share them with the competition’ Whilst I love this answer and it’s passion, I really was hoping he’d say ‘change

Doing what we say .. curiosity about us as a team

For most of the day tomorrow, LE Towers phones will divert to voicemail and the emails of the support team will reply with Out of Office Not because we all fancy a day in the glorious sunshine (although it appears we have been a bit jammy with that!) but because we’re taking a busman’s holiday.

Good deeds – good days

I’ve been reflecting recently about the support Leading Edge have given to Warwickshire-based charity Helping Hands and how we’ve been able to connect some of our fantastic clients like Jaguar Land Rover, Whitbread and Wickes– with the charity for the good of both.  (You may have seen the amazing news of the donation Wickes gave

Posters and artifacts.. the hidden messages that can undermine change

Take a look around your business, head office or workplace… a real look… what’s on the walls, the noticeboards, stuck to the cupboard in the kitchen, on the toilet cubicle door? The reason I ask is, I wonder how many outdated and culturally unaligned messages you and your work colleagues are receiving – subliminally as

Be more Alex… How to be spotted for your potential

The unexpected star of Glastonbury this year was Alex Mann.  The lad from the crowd selected by Dave the rapper to join him on stage for his (apparently regular) audience participation ‘dueting’ to his tune ‘Thiago Silva’ Alex’s amazing rendition of not just the one part lyrics he was asked to deliver, but to both

Legacy… the higher purpose ‘Why?’ that inspires

A number of conversations this week have involved the concept of Legacy.. funny how that happens isn’t it?  Like thinking of blue cars, and then every other car you see is blue… My own interest in legacy was sharpened last Sunday watching the hugely emotional post match interview with Marta, Brazilian women’s footballer, after they

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