The Good And The Not So Good (The different types of providers of top team effectiveness services)

The Good And The Not So Good (The different types of providers of top team effectiveness services)

Locating the right type of consulting firm to further improve the effectiveness of your top team isn't always an easy job.  There are a number of distinct types of providers.  Understanding the differences between each is important if you are to create lasting positive change.

This brief article will help you distinguish between each type of provider and select the most appropriate to work with your top team.

Questions To Ask So You Select The Right Consulting Firm To Improve The Effectiveness Of Your Top Team

Questions To Ask So You Select The Right Consulting Firm To Improve The Effectiveness Of Your Top Team

This brief article equips you with some of the questions you need to ask to select the most appropriate consulting firm to improve the effectiveness of your top team.

These questions are important as when you look at the provider market at one end of the spectrum you will find consulting firms that will create a ‘veneer of harmony’ and / or motivational boost…whilst at the other end of the spectrum…there are a few that will achieve your objective and create lasting change.


Many consulting firms shy away from the complex ‘soft’ areas due to...

Why All CEOs Should Sing Love Songs (Or How CEOs Unwittingly Create Or Destroy Value)

Why All CEOs Should Sing Love Songs (Or How CEOs Unwittingly Create Or Destroy Value)

There is a quote I once read (I can't recall by who) that was along the lines of.."The day managers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them."

In theory CEOs and executives do not have time to monitor the emotional well-being of their middle managers.  But in practice they should make the time, leastways if they want their strategies to be implemented...

The Usefulness of Failure: Thoughts For Seasoned (And Aspiring) CEOs

The Usefulness of Failure: Thoughts For Seasoned (And Aspiring) CEOs

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- Winston Churchill

No executive is successful in everything, but CEOs tend to beat themselves up for any and all failures.

Superhuman expectations come with the position. However, it is best to acknowledge and even relish failures. Only then can an executive begin to eradicate them.

Think of your life. Where are your ...

Hey, hey, we're The Monkees! .... How your early life shapes your leadership style.

Hey, hey, we're The Monkees! .... How your early life shapes your leadership style.

I think it was 1967 and I'm pretty sure it was January (but then it might have been June).

It was a weekend afternoon.  Me and my friends from our street were playing on the local building site.  One of our favourite weekend pastimes.

Then one of our parents came over and shouted out "You've got five more minutes until they're on".

We pelted home just as fast as...

Expect More, Get More.

Expect More, Get More.

It's as simple as that...expect more and you are more likely to get more.

In business we often rack our brains trying to think of how we can get our people and teams to increase their effectiveness and perform at their best.

This article shares how you can do just this using a simple, and underused psychological phenomenon called 'The Pygmalion Effect'.

How To Lead In Uncertain Times

How To Lead In Uncertain Times

"Uncertainty is a permanent part of the leadership landscape.  It never goes away." Andy Stanley

We all want control of our lives especially in business where our decisions can impact thousands of people from team members to employees, from shareholders to customers.

Control gives us certainty, and certainty gives us confidence the life-blood of successful business.

But uncertainty can dent our confidence.  And uncertainty is constantly with us.

In this article I share thoughts on how to lead in uncertain times, including the psychological consequences of uncertainty and ways to manage them, and six guidelines to help you better lead in these times.

How You Deal With Anxiety In The Boardroom

How You Deal With Anxiety In The Boardroom

When we feel challenged we tend to feel anxious.  To reduce this sense of anxiety we literally protect ourselves by bringing into play what are termed our ‘social defense mechanisms’.  Understanding these ‘social defense mechanisms’ can tell you a lot about your colleagues and perhaps most usefully, about yourself.

This article look at some of the more common defense mechanisms and then some of the healthier responses.  After reading the article you will be able to see how they come into play in your business dealings.

The Fearless Executive

The Fearless Executive

During my 2014 research interviews with executive team members, I met many leaders who are able to manage their personal fears and so don't put up defences in the form of dysfuntional behaviour.

This article aims to answer the question:

How are they able to do this, when some of those they have worked with in their careers have allowed fear to trigger dysfunctional behaviour?