The Original Masterpiece: How to restore the hidden potential in others

It is my belief that we are all paintings by a grand master. Some of us are Picassos. Some of us are Monets. Some of us are Turners. There are different styles and genres, but in each of us we can see the brush strokes of a genius… if we

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Overcoming apprehension and self-doubt

A recent piece of research by Peter Zunick (reported in the BPS Research Digest by Alex Fradera) looked at how people could overcome something that they were apprehensive about, such as public speaking. The study stated that people with low self-belief are liable to hold onto negative assumptions about their

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5 Facts All Leaders Need to Know About Trust

Earlier this year, Jack Welch, ex-CEO of General Motors, was asked in an interview ‘What is leadership all about?’ He replied, ‘Leadership is about two words; truth and trust’. But what is trust? How does trust work? Why bother building trust? These questions were the focus of my recent workshop

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Mental illness, the leadership taboo

Stress and mental illness within leaders is still a taboo subject. However, the reality is that there are an increasing number of people within organisations living with stress and mental illness. AXA PPP Healthcare recently surveyed 1,000 senior business managers, managing directors, chief executives and owners as well as 1,000

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Team Sky: Leadership lessons from Sir David Brailsford

After fielding the winners in 2012 (Sir Bradley Wiggins) and 2013 (Chris Froome), the 2014 Tour de France was disastrous for Team Sky. Chris Froome crashed out of the race in Stage 5 and the team’s plan B failed to deliver a podium finish in Paris. Yet, last week they bounced

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The Hero’s Journey, the Helper and Coaching

The hero’s journey is a powerful metaphor for personal growth. The hero’s journey has been described as a mono-myth; an ever-present story evident for centuries that transcends cultures and time. A crucial part of the journey is when the ‘hero’ meets a helper or guide, which makes a clear connection

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