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Do you know, or can you think of a collective noun for leaders?

Later today, I am previewing a new leadership workshop.  For the icebreaker, I have created posters of a number of leaders that will be on the walls as participants arrive. I plan to invite the participants to choose a leader who they think best merits the title of leader, and then say the single most …

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Executives: How much effort do you put into your assistant’s career?

Behind every great boss is a great assistant…wouldn’t you agree? The sheer variety of tasks they’re required to demonstrate and the attention to detail they need to apply demand a hugely diverse range of skills. Consider: could you do your job anywhere near as well without them? According to the Global PA Association, too few …

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Succession management programmes: the backbone of every organisation?

Are they necessary? Do they deliver? What benefits would you see if you implemented a succession management programme within your company? And how can you ensure your programme is appropriate? What succession planning is, and how it can prove its worth Succession planning should not be an afterthought or a consideration once a vacancy appears, …

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The role of the non-executive director, and how to determine if they can benefit your business…

Non-executive Directors (or NEDs) are common within large organisations’ executive boards. The NED, as an outsider, can help bring a fresh perspective and vital insight into a business’ strategy – their objectivity and ability to see an overview of the whole organisation are huge assets. NEDs are usually chosen because of their experience and knowledge, …

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Executive bonuses and bulging pay packets: are they deserved?

You can’t look at any newspaper or media outlet without spotting a news story lambasting the bonuses/payoff to the executives of some company, somewhere. But is the media just stirring the pot? Members of the Institute of Directors believe executives’ payments of large bonuses are the biggest threat to public trust than any other issue. …

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Are we moving towards gender equality in the workplace, or is the glass ceiling still intact?

I recently wrote a series of articles about issues that could affect the progression of your career – such as obesity, the rising popularity of tattoos, and your visibility as an employee when looking for a promotion. An issue I only touched on within the obesity post was discrimination against women in the workplace, particularly …

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Do you feel unfulfilled in your executive position? Perhaps volunteering could be the solution…

I’ve talked, in previous blogs, of the issues some executives face in their career. One problem that some high-achievers may encounter is the feeling of being unfulfilled – after spending years climbing to the top of the ladder, some executives feel their career stops offering them any sort of challenge. Without a goal to aim …

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Fire-fighting today is challenging enough, but what will be of concern to tomorrow’s executives?

The one constant in life is that everything changes. Think of how differently our lives are today to how things were for your parents and grandparents. Amongst many other things, new technology has appeared and attitudes have altered and broadened. Companies that haven’t rolled with the changes and adapted are likely to be few in …

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When team building days go wrong….

A few months ago I wrote some blogs on the theme of team-building/away days, which struck a chord with readers. I received a few real-life examples of why an away day didn’t work or was unproductive in some way, which got me thinking as to whether this feedback referred to isolated incidents. Once I started …

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Challenges for the executive when moving organisations…

Even when you’re near, or at, the top of an organisation, it’s not set in stone that you’ll never again change jobs. Moving to a new company can be just as unnerving, disruptive and traumatic – probably, even more so – than it would be for anyone else in the company. Below are common challenges …

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