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Fair Talk

Book Published: March 2019
  • Leadership & Change
  • feedback
  • Organizational Culture
Authors: Sergey Gorbatov, Angela Lane

Amidst current pace and complexity, feedback has never been more important nor more difficult to craft. In an environment of disruption and adaptation leaders find themselves on quests to facilitate higher performance, greater engagement, and boosting the potential of the talent around them. Here, the authors draw on science and expert opinion to surface the myths that need debunked, present a feedback framework that fits today’s world, and take us through the step by step practices that can make a huge difference to the work of leadership and the shaping of organization culture.

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The Healing Organization

Book Published: September 2019
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Organizational Culture
Authors: Raj Sisodia and Michael J Gelb

Business bookstore shelves are filled with titles that glorify sociopathic empires and their leaders, perhaps the apogee of which is 'The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun', but also includes the analyses of  'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu and many others. TV programs such as The Apprentice and Shark Tank (Dragon's Den in the UK) do little to change this approach. Sisodia and Gelb quote these examples at the outset and set out to see how we can identify better metaphors and examples to make work less ruthless or brutal and more well-...

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How People Learn

Book Published: May 2019
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • performance
Authors: Nick Shackleton-Jones

Extraordinary amounts of money are invested each year in learning - for children, young adults and in corporate environments for workers, supervisors, managers and senior executives. However, very little thought is given by those being taught about how they learn. Indeed, not nearly enough thought is given by those who do the teaching on how they learn. The vast majority of learning is founded on old models of teaching that have come from Victorian institutions when the focus was prioritised to the efficiency of the learning institution rather than the effectiveness of the tuition. With...

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Everybody Matters

Book Published: October 2015
  • Leadership & Change
  • Organizational Culture
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

In much of the western world old manufacturing businesses are shrinking or closing as production has moved to cheaper locations. The first response to this threat is almost always cost- and job-cutting. This brings a corrosive environment where everyone is fearful for their position. As the authors’ acknowledge “there is a fatal flaw at the heart of capitalist enterprises….from the beginning employees were treated as functions…interchangeable as the parts they laboured to produce.” This is exacerbated by relentless short-termism from management to meet quarterly KPIs for outside analysts....

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The Manager's Guide to Human Beings

Book Published: February 2019
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Emotional Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Bronach Crawley

From the beginnings of the Agrarian Revolution in the late 18th-century, and accelerating through the Industrial Revolution, the focus of organised labour has been on increasing efficiency. In a world where any paid work was an improvement on scratching a subsistence living in growing urban centres, the unitisation of work roles was acceptable, however in the late 20th and particularly now in the early 21st century, the treatment of humans as cogs in ever-more efficient machines has begun to lose its effectiveness. The needs of modern businesses are more for innovation, adaptation and...

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Leading Transformation

Book Published: November 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Strategy
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Nathan Furr, Kyle Nel and Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy

The business arena continues to evolve rapidly in ways which demand fresh innovative approaches that take account of emerging technologies and ever-shifting consumer patterns.  At the same time major change efforts that fail to truly understand human fears, biases and habits will fail or be sub-optimal.  Here, the authors draw on the tools of powerful storytelling, meaningful data and neuroscience to explore what they term ‘behavioural transformation’ as an influential framework for opening up new possibilities and facilitating change.

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John Davis on the New Formula for Long-term Survival and Success of Family Enterprises

Podcast Recorded: March 2019
Podcast Guest: Prof John Davis

Family enterprise survival is getting harder, not easier. Previous generations of families in business experienced numerous challenges and periodic disruptive events, but also benefited from greater stability in business models, greater organizational loyalty from customers, and other advantages of earlier eras. On balance, it was easier to survive as a family business in earlier times.

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John Davis on the New Formula for Long-term Survival and Success of Family Enterprises

Podcast Recorded: March 2019
Podcast Guest: Prof John Davis

Family enterprise survival is getting harder, not easier. Previous generations of families in business experienced numerous challenges and periodic disruptive events, but also benefited from greater stability in business models, greater organizational loyalty from customers, and other advantages of earlier eras. On balance, it was easier to survive as a family business in earlier times.

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Nick Shackleton-Jones on How to Learn

Podcast Recorded: November 2019
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Podcast Guest: Nick Shackleton-Jones

Nick Shackleton-Jones is the Director of Learning and Performance Innovation at PA Consulting Group where he helps organizations improve employee performance and engagement through their approach to learning. In this podcast he discusses his new book 'How People Learn' with Roddy Millar, exploring some of the mistaken assumptions and processes we make in trying to educate people, and how the concept of affective context underlies all learning retention.

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Chief Wellbeing Officer

Book Published: May 2018
  • board roles ans responsibilities
  • Leadership & Change
  • happiness and wellbeing
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Steven P. MacGregor, Rory Simpson

In parallel with the emergence of the Chief Digital Officer to inform and co-ordinate organizations’ digital transformation, has been the realisation that the continuous change that digital transformation requires is exhausting and calls for a different mindset and culture of behaviours to manage sustainably. This new ‘sustainable’ approach is increasingly seen as not being a transactional model but a more human/relational one, and with that perspective on achieving employee health and happiness as the foundations of all successful organizations, the search for wellbeing begins…. and so...

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Bob Chapman - Proving the Benefits of People-Centred Leadership

Podcast Recorded: February 2020
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Podcast Guest: Bob Chapman

Bob Chapman is the CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Inc and author, with Raj Sisodia, of the best-selling book 'Everybody Matters' that describes the story of how he inherited a failing organisation and after several years unsuccessfully applying traditional cost-cutting methodologies to turn it around, he pivoted after a couple of epiphany moments, to a leadership approach and set of values that focuses on the employees rather than the products. The results have been both transformatory for the business and life-changing for many employees.

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David Marquet on Intent-based Leadership

Former captain of the nuclear submarine USS Santa Fe, David Marquet, talks about how he developed the Intent-based Leadership approach while on the ship to enable devolved decision-making in complex situations - and how it can be applied to all complex environments

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Oxford Saïd Faculty on Business Responsibility to People and Planet

Governance and responsible leadership are burning issues in boardrooms of businesses and financial institutions across the world right now as we ask ourselves—are we stewarding our businesses for the sustainable success of our stakeholders, for the long-term endurance and benefit of our customers, for the communities within which we operate, and our planet?

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Danielle Lyssimachou on the Secret of Profit

Profit is probably the number one performance measure for most businesses. Businesses strive to achieve key profit targets on a regular basis to meet stakeholder expectations.

Many non-finance professionals believe that profit is a single point mathematical figure to which one arrives after lengthy recordings and computations. Others believe that profit is an unreliable figure, since accountants can find creative ways of manipulating it. The truth, however, lies somewhere in the middle.

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Idea 730 - Nuances of Team Disengagement

News Analysis: April 2020
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Analysis from: Ashridge Executive Education, Hult International Business School

We present Idea 730 in short video format (only viewable to subscribers).

Keeping teams engaged, and trying to re-engage or...

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Idea 242 - Managing Stress by Building Resilience

News Analysis: April 2020
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • resilience
  • meditation
Analysis from: Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®)

We present Idea 242 in short video format (only viewable to subscribers).

Many people in the business world today are...

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David Nour on Strategy Visualization

Successful implementation is the litmus test for any business strategy—and the key to that is making sure people across your organization are fully engaged, focused, and committed.

Visualization is a vital tool for business leaders needing to communicate strategy to their people in a way that facilitates effective strategy execution.

It’s a new way of communicating strategy—turning data points into a compelling story that grabs people’s attention and helps them understand how their individual roles fit the larger plan.

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Joel Peterson on The 10 Laws of Trust

Joel Peterson is the long-standing Chairman of the major US domestic airline, JetBlue Airways, and a leadership and entrepreneurship professor at Stanford GSB. He has also founded and chairs the private equity business Peterson Partners. This breadth of experience and depth of knowledge has led him to be a leading advocate for organizations to focus on becoming high-trust institutions - the subject of his newly expanded book "The 10 Laws of Trust", that he discusses here with Roddy Millar.

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