Teams

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

Metaphor can help open our minds

When we’re working with a team to explore where their challenges lie, we often base conversations around Dilts’ Logical Levels. It’s a model that helps us to understand the different levels (identity, beliefs and values, capability, behaviour and environment) at which we experience our world. We ask the team members to consider the statement “I

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

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

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

A pre-season like no other… or should that be plural?

It’s been ‘pre-season’ time with my hockey squad recently, and I’ve noticed so many similarities with what we’ve been doing as a team at Leading Edge – it’s like I’ve been involved in two pre-seasons! From the uncertainty around whether we’ll get a match, to navigating new rules for a new world, to strengthening our

Joining the coaching team at Newport Dragons

My weekends are taking on a new look as I settle into a role as Mental Skills & Leadership Coach with Newport Dragons. Anyone who knows me knows my huge passion for rugby, and so I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Dragons in this way. The club is forward-thinking with real ambition to build

Redefining purpose as an anchor in uncertainty

How’s your team shaping up on the return to work? Maybe you’ve got team members who were the first to rush back into the workplace, and others who are still choosing to work from home? Have you had to make tough choices around reducing head count? Or are you still heavily restricted in your business

Supporting teams through this shifted landscape

It’s a constant challenge for organisations to stay ahead in a fast-moving world. They need their teams to have strong collaboration, to be constantly improving productivity and to be engaged in a way that goes further than salary. This post-COVID world we’re in is putting a big spotlight on challenges that were already there, aspects