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Gender Diversity & the Unconscious Bias Trap

Posted July 28th, 2017 by Praesta Team in Latest News

We have written briefly on the topic of Unconscious Bias before and we were taken with a posting by David M Mayer on July 26th in Harvard Business review entitled: “How Not To Advocate For A Woman At Work”, which gives an insightful perspective on how an unconscious bias can colour and damage the effectiveness of the message being communicated. Read More

Employee Recognition

Posted June 29th, 2017 by Praesta Team in Latest News

The concept of Employee Recognition is not new but in today’s digital fast paced environment it is easy to forget the HUMAN in Human Resources.   As humans, we are hardwired for recognition and feedback: babies push themselves to do incredibly hard tasks, like walking and talking and we, their parents, recognize their efforts and encourage their endeavours.  Throughout school the same process of learning occurs, and for today’s millennials who have grown up in the Google instant-response age, constant feedback is a way of life. Read More

Agile Leadership

Posted May 15th, 2017 by Praesta Team in Latest News

A 2007 Harvard Business Review Article  entitled “The New Deal At The Top”  talked about the need for companies to become more strategically agile. It described strategic agility as ‘a company’s ability to alter its strategies and business models rapidly in response to major changes in its market space and to do so repeatedly without major trauma. Three years of in-depth case research on a dozen large companies worldwide showed the authors that one key factor is a new leadership model at the top. Traditional leadership models which valued power, autonomy and internal competition would become unfit for purpose. Agile companies would require senior executives to assume collective rather than individual responsibility for results. Read More

Busyness… The Ultimate Humble-Brag!

Posted April 4th, 2017 by Praesta Team in Latest News

The term “Humble-Brag” meaning: ‘an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement with the actual intention of drawing attention to something of which one is proud’, has recently crept into social commentary on the world of business and executive leadership in particular. Read More

The Multitasking Myth

Posted March 9th, 2017 by Praesta Team in Latest News

As Executive Coaches we work every day with extremely busy people, with great demands on their time. One of the many challenges we help our clients with is managing multiple and often competing priorities.  Work life has changed radically over the past twenty years, technological advancement has brought with it a constant stream of text messages, e-mails, phone calls, data feeds, etc.  Today’s working environments are extremely distraction friendly:  gone are the offices;  the many benefits of open-plan work spaces also bring with them more noise, movement, interruptions, etc.  Similarly a lot more work is now done “ on the go”….phone calls as we walk or drive; remote access to the office from home or from our mode of commuting. Read More

… Beyond Fear

Posted January 31st, 2017 by Praesta Team in Latest News

As 2017 kicks off, the economic, social and political landscape is foggy: the impact of Brexit is uncertain, the Trump presidency heralds change - but how much and what type?  The political system in Europe is leaning towards the right, and here in Ireland we are living with a social housing and healthcare crisis.  It feels like the world is on the cusp of a major pivot point.   What will happen next?  Fear of the unknown prevails.  Read More