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How many people does it take to run a Marathon?

Marathon running is a solo activity, isn’t it?   Hours of pounding the roads and byways on training runs, with a hydration pack and an mobile phone for emergencies Having just run Dublin Marathon this weekend, I’ve been reflecting on the many faces of the ‘support team’ that make a marathon possible     Kate Davies,

Learning impact – 12 levers of effectiveness

Heading to events like WOLCE or CIPD annual conference are fabulous time for us L&D types to refresh our knowledge, often with ‘ah yes I know that’ moments, but every so often you catch a gem that sends you into a google/research spin This week a speaker at the World of Learning conference made reference

Talent identification .. how do you define and support high potential?

‘She’s only 21, so she has a huge amount of potential.. coming 7th is a brilliant place for her’ ‘Achieving 4th at 23, he’s got years ahead of him to really maximise his talent’ These were among the many commentator quotes about talent from the IAAF World Athleteics Championships in Doha at the weekend.   What

Busting limiting beliefs.. Uruguay in Tokyo & Roger Bannister

I’ve been reading Martyn Newman’s book ‘Emotional Capitalists’ (Building Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Success) this week.. and was struck by a story regarding Roger Bannister and the 4 minute mile.  We all know that Roger Bannister completed the seemingly impossible feat of running a mile in under 4 minutes in 1954. But what piqued by

Rivers of thinking.. and the value of time to explore

Spending time with our Team Coaches is often in service of a specific project discovery or design or client meeting or delivery of event.  Yesterday I had a great day with six of our Team Coaches in service of sharing and learning from each other around the application of our leadership Point of View. When

A step too far in service of creativity?

I’ve been mulling over a recent conversation with a client who wanted to ‘refresh’ part of their development programme.  Nothing unusual in that, except they were pretty clear that the intervention has great take up, great feedback and great results that have sustained impact back in the workplace. So why change it?  “We just need

Understanding culture is impossible from an ivory tower

My conversations over the last couple of weeks have often had ‘culture’ running through them.  I’ve sat in a number of meetings with experienced HR Directors, business leaders, and sports managers, who are all looking to reinforce or re-engage their teams with either an existing stated culture, or with a new, yet to be defined

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

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