Teams

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

Unsung heroes… the lessons from the team behind the team

Part of Leading Edge’s success in leadership, change and team development comes for our ability to take on board the stories and lessons from many contexts of high performance. Sport being one. With a little over a year to go before the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, I thought we’d take a look

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

Rugby leadership… military style

Unconscious bias, and how it plays out in leadership, was a main theme of a pretty special 48 hours I spent with 14 Premiership Rugby Academy Managers recently. Leading Edge is working with England Rugby and Premiership Rugby on a development journey for these Academy Managers, and I’ve been privileged to support these guys for

The many hats of the manager…. From an employee perspective

  This week’s blog is written from the perspective of being ‘managed’. What is it that employees desire from those that guide them? We’d all  recognise the need for managers to flex in the manner and approach they take in transitioning through successful and challenging business periods. From motivating existing staff to welcoming new team

London 2012 – my purpose as a Gamesmaker

Our recent posts about creating a movement sparked some memories for me around a time when I was part of one of the biggest volunteer movements in peacetime in the UK London 2012 .. the second time we’d hosted the Olympic Games in this country, involved the recruitment, training and engagement of 70000 volunteers to

Reflecting … ahead of the weekend ahead!

As we head into the first Six Nations match day of 2019, I’ve been reflecting on another fantastic experience with the 20 best of the best players who are most likely to play for England We’ve just delivered our seventh camp over three years, this time focussing specifically on how we can use our brains more

Spotted any ‘chimps’ in the England camp?

As the England football team plays their first World Cup games, the importance of team and high performance is topical this week. We’re big fans of applying learnings from sport to business (and vice versa).  When a team comes under some pressure, the strength of the relationships and how well members can support each other