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Initiatives to close the corporate gender gap gaining attention and momentum

EDGE Certified Foundation made the news in September 2014 as the first US-based Fortune 500 company, L’Oréal USA, achieved certification to the EDGE standard. The standard measures a company’s commitment to and progress on closing the gender gap in the workplace. Based on the idea that “what gets measured, gets done”, the EDGE standard focuses on […]

Shift is happening!

Copyright: EDGE Certified Foundation

I am proud and excited to announce that I am the new Executive Director of the EDGE Certified Foundation. EDGE stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality. EDGE is a global certification scheme created in Switzerland and is dedicated to closing the workplace gender gap. This voluntary scheme takes a systemic and strategic approach to […]

Hey, hey we’re the monkeys!

What do monkeys and the Australian Olympic swimming team have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it? Sadly, it isn’t a joke. Rather a damning indictment of leadership and culture gone toxic. There’s a perfect analogy in the organisational development literature that describes how destructive cultures form: Begin with five monkeys […]

Imagine turning down the top job

At the end of 2011, MBS executive recruitment consultants reviewed the reasons for the departure of high profile leaders from large, public corporations such as Lloyds TSB, Adidas and Pfizer. Exhaustion and personal reasons were cited by highly talented individuals as influencing their choice to leave. Once upon a time personal reasons and exhaustion might […]

What’s your hedgehog factor?

When we get together in relationships and groups, we humans can behave very much like hedgehogs in winter. Schopenhauer created a parable about the dilemma hedgehogs face when trying to stay warm in their burrows in the coldest months: they need to huddle together for body warmth, but their spines are prickly, uncomfortable and even […]

Do you avoid the hard stuff by calling it the soft stuff?

The hard skills we use everyday at work are visible and tangible: we can easily demonstrate our ability with numbers by producing a spreadsheet; or our sales ability with a pitch-perfect presentation; or our writing skills with a well-structured and articulate report. We can analyse figures that help us to understand the position of our […]

Coaching as organisational development

Can coaching be considered organisational development? I have just served as a guest editor on a special edition of the electronic journal e-Organisations & People published by the Association for Management Education and Development, or AMED. The Winter Edition, out now, explores a great range of topics related to coaching as organisational development. It contains […]

A powerful injection of passion and enthusiasm to change the world

This last weekend I was privileged enough to be allowed to volunteer as a coach / tutor, observer and photographer at The Young Foundation’s UpRising Leadership Programme UpRiser Retreat delivered by folk of the Roffey Park Institute. For two days I was surrounded by 50+ 19-25 year olds from three London east end boroughs. It […]

Strategy – what are you talking about?

I’ve been writing a paper about strategy and strategic intelligence. When talking about it to people I have found it fascinating the assumptions they make about the word strategy. I have had some amusing and bemusing conversations which might have been less frustrating had we established from the outset that we were talking about the […]

Imagine Leadership & the art of communication

Here’s an inspired manifesto on leadership posted on YouTube that combines some of my favourite themes: thoughts about leadership, making a difference in the world and artful presentation. Created through collaboration between Harvard Business School faculty and students and a US design company XPLANE, at 6 minutes long it presents a powerful message in a […]