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 …

Above the Parapet: A Senior Leader’s Place in Change

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These days, all change programmes have a senior sponsor – in theory, the person who provides the upward ‘pull’ to drive change throughout the organisation without getting lost in the weeds of delivering the change themselves. But what does it really mean to be a sponsor and show sponsorship of change, and why are sponsors so important? In writing this …

Lost – The Failing Art of Leadership & Why We’re All Poorer For It

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We are all experiencing changing and unprecedented times. Some might say we are making great strides in our natural environment; North Sea Cod is back on the sustainable list; Volvo is the first to declare a full move to non-fossil fuel cars, Coca Cola are increasing their recycled plastic bottle content to 50%. But when was the last time you …

Soldiering On: The Importance of Employee Brand Loyalty

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Brand loyalty. Most of us would associate the idea with being a consumer; we become loyal to certain brands, which can then exploit this loyalty for their own gains – think: sticking to a particular brand of ketchup, or lusting after a particular brand of car. And as consumers, our loyalty can be tested – as many British Airways customers …

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover: More to a Brand than Logo

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When looking at the below logos, you’re probably able to identify the various companies they represent, which means they’ve successfully achieved their goal; the visual aid is distinct and publicised enough for you to connect it to the company. A key part of an organisation’s marketing strategy is its branding and more specifically, it’s logo; companies want consumers to have …

Do ‘Life Hacks’ for Organisational Culture exist?

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“Use a straw to get the stems out of strawberries!” “Store your lunch bagel in a CD spindle!” “Repair scratched wooden furniture using walnuts!” We are in the midst of a life hack craze. The internet is full of ideas for these tiny changes, often using everyday objects in unexpected or new ways, that will supposedly make your life easier. …

Moments of Change

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The journey & process towards gaining momentum in your Change Programmes: It was famously said that “those that cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”; even when that means failure. Alongside leadership, engagement and productivity, discovering effective approaches to change is one of the most coveted areas of business and organisational life. Here, Steve Bernard shares Connectwell’s formula, …

The Economy of Trust

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  Did you ever think that you would be getting into a car with a complete stranger, lending money to people you have never met or letting a stranger sleep in your bed? This is now an every day part of our economy: the economy of trust or collaborative consumption. Technology has clearly made this possible, but what about its …