What We Think

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

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

Victoria Freer-Hewish appointed Director at Leading Edge

We’re delighted to share that Victoria Freer-Hewish has been promoted to Director at Leading Edge. Her role will continue to focus on delivering an excellent Client Experience alongside broader strategic and leadership responsibilities. Victoria’s first year in role as Head of Client Experience has been a pivotal part of our ability to weather the challenges of 2020

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