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Better you, better me.

Many workplaces play people off against each other, creating a culture of what they call ‘healthy competition’ – with rewards for meeting targets, pitting each member of the team against their peers and showcasing the stars who perform best. But is this a healthy working environment? Sure – it might see some people thriving, shooting [...]

By | December 14th, 2017|Emerging Leaders, Organisational Change|Result Type: Post

Why failure is your best tool on the path to success

Whatever we do in life, failure is usually high on our list of fears – but when it comes to success in business, failure is often one of the most powerful tools in our armoury. How does failing make us better leaders, and how can we support you through your failure journey to becoming the [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Culture Change|Result Type: Post

Imposter Syndrome in the workplace

Is ‘Imposter Syndrome’ an issue that business leaders and L&D practitioners need to factor into their developmental plans, the future of their workers and of their brand – or is it just another millennial buzzword that excuses a lack of drive in an entitled generation? Firstly, we need to explain what we mean by ‘imposter [...]

By | July 13th, 2017|Leadership Development|Result Type: Post

The top ten reasons your employees dislike you

We all want to be respected in the workplace – but not everyone knows how to garner genuine respect. Demanding that respect from your employees and being domineering is one of the most damaging approaches to leadership. What traits do employees dislike in their leaders, and how can you avoid being the kind of manager [...]

By | June 23rd, 2017|Leadership Development|Result Type: Post

Trust and reputation: living the brand in public

We can all think of a celebrity or two who has forgotten that they are in the public eye and wound up losing the support (and the money) of sponsors who helped to keep them there. Tigers Woods may be the best a man can get on a fairway, but Gillette concluded that better men were available to grace its advertising. More recently, US swimmer Ryan Lochte has seen his swimwear sponsorship float away after less than ideal behaviour: there is only so much that a Speedo can be expected to conceal, as their statement made clear: “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behaviour that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for.” In an era so given to talk about ‘the brand’, advertising has become a battlefield over the values different brands have associated themselves with – or been associated with by others – and this can cut both ways. While there are plentiful examples of advertisers who have pulled campaigns to signal their ethical dissatisfaction (the wide criticism over racial representation issues in the VH1 TV programme, Sorority Sisters, led to pulling of adverts from several major advertisers), Buzzfeed recently announced that it will not accept advertising for Donald Trump’s election campaign. “While not expecting to “agree with the positions or values of all our advertisers”, Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti wasn’t above making an exception: “The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and around the world and in some cases, such as his proposed ban on international travel for Muslims, would make it impossible for our employees to do their jobs.” While there are undoubtedly hard, measurable costs to these kinds of actions (a rumoured $1.3m in the case of Buzzfeed), another term from the balance sheet needs to born in mind: goodwill. We’ve previously commented on the now infamous Business Insider interview with the (now ex-)Saatchi man, Kevin Roberts,  about women, ambition, the advertising industry and gender equality, and about the furore it has created. As the majority of this commentary has come from other agencies, it would be a naïve reader who did not suspect an element of virtue-signalling in these responses – if the problem is so widespread, how can so many agencies be such angels? – but there is a more important issue here. […]

By | September 26th, 2016|Leadership Development|Result Type: Post