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How to Grow Leadership in Your Organisation

Posted by Kyran Newell on 11/06/2019 12:17pm

Leadership has been in the news a bit lately, for both good and not-so-good reasons. We have seen Jacinda Ardern ascend the heights of global leadership and struggle a bit locally with the performance of her colleagues and the Opposition. And we have seen Teresa May succumb to a leadership...

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A Pragmatist's Approach to Leadership Development

Posted by Kyran Newell on 10/12/2018 12:44pm

My experience as both purchaser and supplier of leadership development solutions helps me to see the ‘zone of interest’ where the two parties can come together from their different perspectives on the leadership development solution that can be made to work in each case.

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The New Leadership Paradigm

Posted by Kyran Newell on 24/07/2018 11:56am

We have and are seeing a massive shift in leadership style, driven by employee expectations, new ways of working, and in the communications technology used to support them both. No longer leadership as hero, but leadership as partner. This shift is so widespread now it can be viewed as the new leadership paradigm.

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8 Success Drivers for Leadership Development Programmes

Posted by Kyran Newell on 02/07/2018 2:07pm

The results are finally in, and, YES, leadership development programmes really do work... Not only that, but the drivers that make for successful leadership development programmes have now been identified.

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5 Good Practices to Become a Better Leader

Posted by Kyran Newell on 12/02/2018 5:14pm

Nowadays, leading people well trumps expertly managing tasks. A new leadership style and practices are needed for business success - distributed, inclusive and collaborative leadership that invites and supports the team to participate in decisions, planning and actions - leading to better individual, team and business results.

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Maximise your Leadership Development Results

Posted by Nicky Trainor on 15/10/2017 3:45pm

If your organisation is investing in leadership development, you’ll want to know that you’re going to see some real benefits back at work. We’ve put together eight tips that will help to ensure that your programme is robust and that your participants are well set up to bring back new learnings to their teams, and in turn produce results for your business.

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Changing your Leadership Practices at Work

Posted by Kyran on 08/12/2016 9:52am

Wiser folk than me make a clear distinction between management work and leadership work. Some define management work as about accomplishing tasks and leadership work about relationship-based inspiration and energising of people. Others define management as about coping with complexity and leadership as about coping with change. Leadership can perhaps be...

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Understanding Human Behaviour with Extended DISC

Posted by Michael Carr on 15/07/2016 10:24am

In my experience most people say they can sum up a person pretty quickly, and for first impressions, most probably can. So why do I have so many clients disappointed with who they recruited and surprised when their first impression don't work out? Did they misread that person? Did the...

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Leadership and Organisational Development

Posted by Kyran Newell on 11/07/2016 9:16am

As we all appreciate, organisations are systems of integrated parts, with leadership holding the tiller to guide the organisation’s journey. The organisation exists to achieve pre-determined business outcomes; leadership exists to change the organisation so it can more efficiently and effectively achieve that purpose. Today, leadership can be characterised as having...

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Impactful Crucial Conversations: 10 Tips to be More Courageous

Posted by Linzi Ebbage-Thomas on 18/05/2016 12:10pm

Tough conversations can be one of the hardest yet inevitable parts of a leader’s job. Impactful crucial conversations can resolve conflict, deepen relationships, build strong and diverse teams, and keep ideas and creativity flowing. Often fear stops us having those necessary difficult conversations that we know we need to have. Our...

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Where is Leadership Going?

Posted by Kyran and Nicky on 10/02/2016 10:21am

The art and science of leadership has been on the organisational agenda for almost 40 years now. Back then leadership started to reveal itself as something important and something different from management, which had been the dominant player in organisations since the Industrial Revolution. Today, leadership stands as the pre-eminent...

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Can you be an Effective Leader without a Growth Mindset?

Posted by Kyran on 03/07/2015 1:14am

Over the last couple of months, while anticipating, undergoing and recovering from major surgery, I've had pause to think a bit about the future. Not so much *the* future, but *my* future. Glimpses of mortality tend to concentrate the mind a bit. I’ve emphasised *the* and *my* because the distinction...

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Collaboration is Alive and Well in Canterbury

Posted by Kyran on 04/07/2014 1:48am

Yesterday, a group of Canterbury business and organisation leaders spent a little time with four outstanding collaboration practitioners and a subject-matter expert in that space. It was an unforgettable experience. The practitioners, Duncan Gibb, GM, SCIRT; Vince Barry, CEO, Pegasus Health; Paul Lonsdale, Councillor, Christchurch City Council; and Dr Tom Richardson,...

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On Leadership

Posted by Kyran on 20/06/2013 12:00pm

I see many organisations that invest in leadership training for senior and middle roles, but not for managers and supervisers closer to the coal face – why is this? I think it is because of a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of leadership and its pivotal role in organisational performance. Leadership is...

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