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4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development

Twenty years ago the accumulation of skills, knowledge and experience (‘horizontal development’) was sufficient for business success. Today, it’s not. 4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development, offers a new approach of ‘vertical development’.

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Posts tagged performance

Politics, Profits and Paradox

Well what a week in Westminster. Not so much a partridge in a pear tree more like four kingdoms un-united, three parties fighting, two divisive views and a premiership gone pear-shaped.

The Christmas spirit of peace and good will to all people is hard to find, let alone the three wise men. We are witnessing a toxic polarisation and some very deep divisions within parties, between parties, between generations and within the nation itself, not to mention the split between the UK and our neighbours in Europe. People are trying to force their views on each other with little understanding that such a move can only make things worse. It is difficult to escape the conclusion that politics is broken, possibly irretrievably. It has descended into a very ugly power battle and politicians seem unable to come up with any wise answers to the mess that they themselves have created.

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Why Wellbeing Initiatives Fail … And What You Can Do About It

Organisational spend on wellbeing continues to rise, but despite pouring more cash into the issue and a massive increase in the profile of mental health in particular, the problem if anything appears to be worse. For example, according to a CIPD study, the number of people who experience anxiety, stress and depression at work has risen from a quarter to a third over the past five years. So, despite the dream combination of greater awareness and more spend we are going backwards. Recently, Complete Coherence convened a roundtable of 30 corporations to explore the problem and start to provide some answers …

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Coaching for better decision-making

Sue Graham Johnston, former head of RBU UK / Ireland / Africa at the Linde Group shares her experiences of coaching with Complete Coherence. ‘When I arrived as a new leader to Linde, it was an organisation that really didn’t have any other examples of people who had come in from the outside. Not only was I from ‘the outside’, I was also a foreign woman who had not worked in the industry before. Furthermore, I was appointed to replace an MD who had been abruptly removed. The situation was not great from an entry perspective and there were multiple opportunities for failure.’

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Brilliance without burnout?

There is a cultural narrative we reinforce about what success looks like, and what we have to do to achieve it. But what is the cost of actually living your life like this, and does high performance really have to come with dangerous consequences? What really happens when you are operating from a continuous position of extreme stress? Can we improve our resilience and capacity, and achieve brilliance without burnout?
The answer is yes. Here’s what we’ve learned about winning in the pressure performance paradigm. Optimal performance requires an integrated approach that extends beyond what you do to your results and behaviour. But where do you start?

AI Anxiety

The robots are coming – AI anxiety: Why you’re not alone and what you can do about it

It’s no wonder people feel anxious. Faced with predictions that 20-50 percent of all jobs will disappear as a result of developments in artificial intelligence (AI) over the next 10-30 years, we would all be forgiven for being concerned about the future. When once we might have yearned for the days when we could be released from the drudgery of work, we are now scared by it. And it’s not just low-skilled jobs that could be affected, AI applications are already threatening to usurp professions like doctors, lawyers, bankers etc.

The headlines might be doom-laden, but I am much more optimistic, and here’s why …

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Coaching creates lasting change

The coaching has been very practical, but it’s the emotional impact that has been so dramatic. I am so relaxed, calm, positive and genuinely excited about my future. Even though I’m the main breadwinner, I’m not panicking about anything because I feel so confident in my own capabilities – I honestly feel very positive.

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Coaching helped me defeat my greatest internal enemies

Complete Coherence’s coaching method was different from anything I’d known before because it is very data oriented. It is backed up by science using a 24-hour Heart Rate Variability (HRV) assessment. As a result of that, I found that I succumbed to the objectivity of the data. Having that reality check of the data was really important. I could not hide from what the numbers were telling me about my energy levels.

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Making graduate programmes fit for the future

We invited nine leaders from different organisations to share their experiences and views on graduate development. Here are the insights we gathered from the collective wisdom of the participants.

Biological basis of flow

The biological basis of flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first drew our attention to the idea of a flow state in the early 90s and since then the concept has caught on. Most people have observed sports teams in a state of flow. A state in which a team suddenly achieves a level of brilliance and fluidity that is noticeably different from …Read more

Buckaroo management

Buckaroo management

Does this scene sound familiar? You’ve got a number of projects running at the same time. As soon as someone comes up with another idea, you add another project to your list. You’re just adding more and more to your workload. You decide you need a project manager to manage all these projects. All the …Read more

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

This is an old adage but is it really true? Well yes and no. On the yes side for example, in every doctors’ surgery all over the UK, parents will be comforting their babies after a routine vaccination. It’s a momentary upset for a potential lifetime of protection. In a baby’s body, a small amount …Read more

Developing the most elusive leadership behaviours

The most elusive leadership behaviours

I’ve assessed, developed and coached senior leaders for many years and also had the pleasure of being involved in the research behind one of the most widely used leadership behaviour models in the world, but there is one thing that has always really frustrated me. Of the twelve leadership behaviours that we identified as being …Read more

When it all comes down to one minute

When it all comes down to one minute of perfect performance… 

In the fast changing modern business and sporting worlds, the margins between success and failure are often very small. The difference between Gold and no medal at all in the 5,000m at the Olympics in 2012 was just 1.33 seconds. Years and years of training, you’ve been running around the track for more than 13 …Read more

Insularity predictor of failure

Insularity a predictor of failure?

Prior to the London 2012 Olympics I had the great good fortune of being invited to work with the GB Rowing squad. They were attempting to beat their best ever result in the Beijing games of six medals. Rowing was my sport and London my home Olympics so as a request for help it doesn’t …Read more

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Avoiding the Christmas Lobotomy

What on earth made you think your wife wanted that? Christmas can be a time of terror and panic for many men. I hate to stereotype, but it appears that few male executives have either the time or the inclination for Christmas shopping. Many don’t have any real insight into what their wife really wants …Read more

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Get Psyched or Calm Down?

As a communications coach I often get asked “should I psyche myself up for this big presentation/ pitch or should I calm myself down?” My answer is “Neither. Become coherent ie, controlled and clear. Simply put, Coherence is a physiological (internal) state where your brain is receiving strong, clear, stable signals from your body. The …Read more

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Coaching the coaches to avoid the Pardew ‘kiss’

As Alan Pardew awaits the date of his personal hearing to discuss the FA misconduct charge for his apparent ‘Glasgow kiss’ on Hull City’s David Meyler, I wonder why we’re still talking about punishment rather than prevention. We hear very little debate about some of the underlying pressures and causes of behaviour such as Pardew’s, …Read more