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The F word: why we should learn to embrace failure

Posted on 1st December 2015 | Blog

Recently, a snippet of a radio interview led us to the simply brilliant “Black Box Thinking” by Matthew Syed. Syed’s book is an engrossing study in how and why we do, or don’t, learn from failure, and it opens with a compelling example of how diverging attitudes to failure can lead to very different outcomes.

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Being human: the challenge of becoming a more engaging CEO

Posted on 27th November 2015 | Blog

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70% of senior leaders agree that Employee Engagement is critical to the success of their organisation – but the 2013 Gallup report State of the Global Workplace found that just 17% of UK employees are fully engaged at work. And if we’re going to begin closing that gap, our organisations need CEOs and other board-level managers to set the example, by becoming more engaging as leaders and creating the right climate in our workplaces.

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Is it ever okay to use jargon?

Posted on 19th November 2015 | Blog

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Precise, specific, beautiful? Or confusing, misleading, obfuscatory?

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The mysterious value of fireworks - and how we spend £37bn a year making our organisations less effective

Posted on 3rd November 2015 | Blog

November 5th, the British nation come together for a gigantic exercise in communal pyromania. In the cold and the dark, hold the hands of our children and say “ooh!” and “ah!” and “look at that!” as colours and sparks explode in the sky above us. And generally speaking, we love every minute of it.

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Dare you, double-dare you: employee advocacy on social media

Posted on 22nd October 2015 | Blog

As Halloween draws closer, there’s no better time to think about the things that scare us most. In my experience, one thought that’s guaranteed to turn most managers and business leaders absolutely cold is “encouraging their employees to talk about their organisation on Social Media”.

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