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!
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
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
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
Some thoughts on the Power of Attention!
As Coach it is vital to work from a position of respect and genuineness, knowing that the client has within themselves the ability to work out their own path. The coach’s role is to provide the attention which enables the client do their best thinking. Our challenge as coaches is not to fall into the trap of providing advice, which is often what the client requests of us, and which can also satisfy our own ego need to share wisdom. Mostly, though, the client doesn’t need our wisdom….they need their own! Oscar Wilde put it beautifully “ I always pass on good advice, it is the only thing to do with it, it is never of any use to oneself”. Read More
The Case for Taking Some Time Out!
Organisation psychology - the study of human behaviour in the workplace dates back to the early 20th century, and in the last 30 years topics like work-life balance; work related stress, and their links to productivity have been the subject of multiple studies. Amongst the reasons for this are the impact of what Larissa Barber, a workplace psychologist at Northern Illinois University, calls ‘workplace telepressure’ – technology and globalisation which have enabled us to stay connected to work 24/7 and the associated pressure of immediate responsiveness. Read More