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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 […]

Have you got what it takes to be a strategic thinker?

Many people confuse strategic planning with strategic thinking. Planning is something that happens after strategic thinking has taken place. So what is strategic thinking? Some might define it as rational, logical thought, or the ability to analyse and synthesise data and information in order to determine the optimum choice for future action. This implies that […]

Recession investments – training’s the thing

The results of a recent survey published by the UK’s Institute of Directors (IoD) reported that IoD members’ organisations see training as an investment rather than a cost to business. Their commitment to training has held firm during the downturn in the economy with 80% saying their organisations had either maintained (51%) or increased (29%) […]

Leaders: heroes or social architects?

Just been reading about Warren Bennis, the US industrial psychologist and former presidential adviser.  He is the man who coined the phrase: “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.”  I like that Bennis’s work  and research with major corporations and universities over the last 40 years has enabled his thinking to evolve.  In the mid-1980s he had a […]

“Thrival” versus survival

My partner was on a commuter train into central London the other week sitting opposite two business men discussing the UK economy and how they’d responded to downturns in their business. The first, sighing heavily with his head in his hands, related that he reluctantly just laid off a third of his workforce. The second calmly […]