Living with the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future

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Living with the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future Christmas time is often one of reflection and consideration, as we look back at the year gone by and look forward to the year ahead, as was so masterfully captured in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and as Scrooge discovered, there is value in considering each part of our lives…  The …

Traditions and Stories

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Traditions and Stories: From business to Bouche de Noel The model we most often use to describe culture in organisations, which nicely demonstrates its complexity (and its resistance to being changed) is Johnson and Scholes’ Cultural Web. It describes the various elements of the organisation that support its central ‘way of being’ (i.e. the culture). As well as the visible …

Why Leadership Matters – Part 2

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In last month’s edition of Converse, our guest writer Bob Phillips introduced his personal reflections on leadership, including how to understand and make the most of your own strengths, and how to get the best out of your team. For this edition, Part II, he takes a look at the importance of leadership when dealing with wider groups of people; …

When Comms Goes Bad: Mistakes not to make when communicating during change

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw Whenever a business embarks on a period of change, it will (hopefully) involve an element of communication. This comms aspect can often play second fiddle to the changes themselves, but as anyone who has recently bought a Toblerone and was horrified to …

A Question of Leadership

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Leadership is clearly a well-known and much discussed topic, yet despite its importance and prevalence, there seems to be a lack of understanding both concerning the role of a leader itself as well as what it takes to make a good and/or successful leader. The below questions are designed to expand your enquiry of leadership and encourage you to re-examine …