The secret to successful connection Dec 10, 2020

When it comes to working with people, the heart comes before the head. That's true whether you're communicating to a conference room full of people, leading a team meeting or trying to relate to your best friend.

 
For leaders to be effective they need to connect with people. All great...
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Hello, my name is Claire and I'm a perfectionist Dec 03, 2020

I remember a conversation I had in my 20s, with a mentor who was helping me to prepare for an interview. “Think about that question, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses.”

 
Trying to be clever I saw this as a sales opportunity, to disguise a strength as a...
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Getting back to first principles Nov 19, 2020

Every leader knows that being able to describe the organisation’s vision and mission is a vital way of highlighting to your team what you are trying to do and in exchange show the value of their contribution to the bigger picture. There are whole chapters of textbooks set aside for more...

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Four simple tips to fight procrastination Nov 12, 2020

How many times have you stared at the screen and hesitated? Lost hours working on projects you didn’t even want to work on? Got to the end of the week and felt like you’ve made zero progress.

 
Firstly, that’s all ok. It happens to the best of us. If you need to take a...
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Keeping your head as a strategic leader | what is strategic leadership Nov 05, 2020

What is a strategic leader? It’s a curious question when you think about it.

Is what defines a strategic leader the scope of their work? Their seniority? the number of people that report to them? the size of their budget? The size of their paycheck?
 
For me, a strategic leader is...
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More pilots than British Airways…. the downside of ringfenced innovation pots Oct 29, 2020

Everybody loves a time hop, don’t they? Four years ago, among other awards, Beacon received an award for Best Example of Adoption or Spread of ten High Impact changes. Catchy title, but essentially, we were recognized for a service innovation that transformed how patients would interact...

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Take time to stop and think Oct 22, 2020
Representing GB at the World Indoor Rowing Championships - with Sir Steve Redgrave

 

It’s a volatile world right now and it can be as beneficial to look back as it is to look forward. This blog post from 2019 highlighted mentoring and the importance of reflection. It’s just as...
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Delivering organisational change that is truly transformative Oct 15, 2020

Leadership and management is an ever evolving topic and so its common to see trends come and go; the trick is in grasping the themes that emerge. A decade ago, Jurgen Appelo published Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders. This book appealed to project managers and...

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