As an Executive Coaching practice we frequently work with our clients on leadership presence and impact. Sometimes it is described to us as a desire for more gravitas – a wish to cultivate an air of natural authority, be unflappable, depict calm confidence, or achieve an air of being worth listening to. Presence or gravitas is usually presented as a key ingredient in achieving greater success or renown, and more often than not our clients would like a few handy tips… however in our experience this is an inside job! The source of real presence requires the client to uncover and make sense of their stories – to go below the line. Read More
How developing a Reflective Practice will enhance your Leadership impact
Leadership can often be confused with a level of seniority, a role or a title, but in fact the work of leading is about influencing people and processes in the service of accomplishing a collective aim or group goal. It is about creating results that benefit the organisation’s stakeholders. Read More
A Reflection for International Coaching Week
What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight can douse the flames almost as surely as a pail of water would. Read More
Hiring Lessons from Google!
One of our recent guest speakers at Praesta, Judith Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence, recently tweeted a link to a Washington Post article on what Google have discovered about their most successful hires. Read More
The power and the importance of trust: Judith E. Glaser
Late last year we had the privilege of sharing a conversation with Judith E. Glaser, author and organisational anthropologist who spent 35 years working with neuroscientific research about how our brains work when we are in conversation with each other. Her work is termed ‘Conversational Intelligence’®. In 2016 it was selected by Forbes as one of the top trends in business, and in 2017 Microsoft identified it as a ‘century game changer’. Read More
How Will You Measure Your Life?
For the past couple of years we, at Praesta, have posted a methodology for thinking through and planning a new year (ref Creating 2018) and in contemplating this for myself, I am drawn to Clayton Christensen’s article in the July 2010 edition of the Harvard Business Review entitled: “How will you measure your life?” Christensen is a teacher at Harvard’s Business School and author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. Read More