Disruption – destructive and creative

Is disruption good or bad? Have you noticed that there is much written about disruptive leadership, disruptive thinking and disruptive coaching? All of these suggest that disruption is the new desired positive way of being. But as a child, I remember a maths teacher sending me to the head teacher’s office for being disruptive in class.

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Why kindness is both essential and irrelevant to modern leadership?

Some weeks ago there was a lively debate on the Harvard Business Review LinkedIn group as to whether people felt kindness was an important attribute of leadership. The debate drew some varied reactions, including the following comments:-

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How to implement a coaching culture, and why bother?

There is much talked and written about a coaching culture within organisations, but what does this actually mean in practice, what are the benefits and what are the essential steps? Based on my experience and research here are my top tips for implementing a coaching culture.

What is a coaching culture?

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Four Questions To Assess The Purpose Of Your Business

At the Stretch leadership conference in Budapest this week, one of the recurring themes was that  of purpose. One of the quotes I shared as part of my session was Peter Drucker’s far-sighted observation from 1954 that ‘Profit is like oxygen. You need it to survive, but if you think that oxygen is the purpose of your life then you’re missing something’.

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The rise and rise of the toxic culture.

Have you noticed a rise in toxic cultures? Sometimes I feel helpless as a coach, that there is nothing I can do or say to support a coachee. I’ve noticed this feeling recently when I’ve been working with people struggling to preserve their own health and wellbeing in the face of increasing pressure from demanding managers or when experiencing poorly communicated or flawed decisions.

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Level 5 Leadership: The Four Keys to Personal Humility

Some weeks ago, my Vistage CEO advisory group were treated to a session with Carole Gaskell, a leading coach, entrepreneur and speaker. It was inspiring watching Carole engage the group; she ‘walked the talk’ by coaching them through a learning cycle rather than putting on a showy performance.

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