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Navigating the Pitfalls of White Lies in Performance Feedback: A Leadership Perspective

Balancing Honesty and Kindness Performance reviews are a common feature of organizational life, providing valuable insights and feedback to employees.

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The Essence of Exponential Organisations and Their Role in Our Rapidly Changing Landscape.

The Transformative Potential of Exponential Organisations Exponential Organisations are at the forefront of innovation and growth in today’s fast-paced world.

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Research on Strategic Human Resources Management and Open Innovation

Over the past few years, worldwide social and economic chaos from the pandemic has caused many organisations, including large multinational

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Unlocking organisational agility in SMEs: How to Navigate change and outpace competitors

This period of economic and social upheaval has been especially challenging for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), smaller organisations with limited resources. As a result, both organisations and researchers are showing increased interest in organisational agility (OA).

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How to Make Leadership Training more Cross-Culturally Relevant

Developing leadership development and training programmes based on the principles from the cognitive process model may produce more effective results

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Pathways to innovative performance for SMEs

A recent study published in the journal Sustainability found that a combined program of mentoring and coaching employees is an effective way of improving organizational commitment and work performance.

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How to Reduce Peer Aggression and Abusive Supervision using Formalised Work Structures

Hostile, aggressive and abusive forms of leadership and supervision Hostile, aggressive and abusive forms of leadership and supervision are all

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Passive and Active Diversity in Inclusive Leadership – The Research

Despite the efforts of scholars, diversity professionals and policymakers over the past century, structural inequalities still exist that disadvantage black,

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Coaching – A new study

Artificial intelligence is gaining ground and offering new possibilities for coaching. Whilst many coaches are not using AI yet its

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A New Study on Fostering Social Informal Learning in Organisations

Knowledge is one of the most important resources possessed by organisations. This is largely because it is one of the

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How Leader Humour Helps to Develop Employee Creativity

Leader humour is one of the primary leadership behaviours and impacts a wide range of outcomes, including performance, as well

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A new study on toxic supervisor behaviours and employee silence

Toxic work environments Toxic work environments are as much a threat to an organisation from the inside as the external

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How Intrepreneurs Emotional Reactions can Reduce their Effectiveness

Creating a productive work environment is challenging for most organisations. Various cognitive (mental) and emotional factors can either increase or

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Creating effective leaders who can implement strategy at a global level

The demand for business coaches is expected to rise as more businesses look to boost performance and productivity.

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The challenge of articulating “REAL” conversations

A person's leadership can be seen in the quality of the relationships he or she generates. The quality of the relationships, in turn, is conditioned by the quality of the conversations: by their sincerity, by their depth,

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Trust and risk-taking in virtual and face-to-face teams – new study

Both virtual and face-to-face teams have exactly the same predictors and indicators or outcomes of team trust and they need

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How new leaders emerge and form their identity

One of the most striking things about the current era is the unbridled access that individuals and organisations have to data and knowledge. Organisations that build their culture around gathering, sharing and exploiting knowledge often have increased levels of intellectual capital.

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The role organisational culture plays in creating a knowledge culture

One of the most striking things about the current era is the unbridled access that individuals and organisations have to data and knowledge. Organisations that build their culture around gathering, sharing and exploiting knowledge often have increased levels of intellectual capital.

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White lies in performance reviews – do they matter?

Performance reviews are a common feature of organisational life. But we live in a society that values being polite and kind to others. As a result, when managers give their employees’ performance feedback, they often struggle to give negative critiques.

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Leadership 4.0 The future does not need your leadership

Interview with Cyril Legrand, founding trustee and Chief Executive Officer of the international leadership consultancy: Oxford Leadership. He speaks about leadership development in the context of the 4th industrial revolution: Leadership 4.0.

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Using intuitive intelligence to guide decision-making

Do you trust your gut when it comes to the big stuff? Instincts and ‘hunches’ may have a comforting influence on day-to-day decisions, but when it comes to major strategic choices and matters of great complexity, intuition doesn’t often get a seat in the C-Suite.

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Leadership 4.0: A review of the thinking

The 4th Industrial Revolution is bringing unprecedented changes to societies and organizations throughout the world. The multiple ramifications of digitalization and the accompanying acceleration and increased complexity.

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Dark triad executive and business coaches – A new study

Coach Dark Triad Traits may be a neglected area of attention. What happens when the coach has dark triad traits? In a new study, Professor Adrian Furnham, of University College London has explored the area of coach dark triad traits and what impact they might have on coachees.

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A new study on intrusive leadership and remote working

Leadership practices have changed over the past few years to reflect the new and different styles of working. Remote working is an example of this and is a practice which continues to increase at an astonishing rate, and had been even before the Covid pandemic.

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How to repair deviant, toxic corporate and organizational cultures

Toxic corporate culture is bad for society, bad for employees, bad for a company’s corporate image and, ultimately, bad for shareholders. Changing toxic cultures takes time and a united effort from the top down to make change for good.

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Is your personality a good predictor of job satisfaction?

A recent study by researchers in the USA looked at whether personality is a good predictor of job satisfaction. And the results may surprise you.

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What coaches can learn from positive psychology

Positive psychology is an emerging branch of psychology that has grown in popularity over the past 10 years. Focusing on positives rather than negatives is an incredibly powerful tool that can be used by coaches in the workplace.

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Why employee empowerment works

Research from the hospitality sector has uncovered some interesting insights into what drives individual employee empowerment. It highlights the issues and resistance when staff are empowered to act without assistance from management.

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How to combine mentoring and coaching to get the best out of staff

A recent study published in the journal Sustainability found that a combined program of mentoring and coaching employees is an effective way of improving organizational commitment and work performance.

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Characteristics of high-performing team meetings

The success of a team is evidenced by how efficiently it manages meetings: in essence, a team’s performance is determined by how well it prepares, conducts and follows through after its meetings.

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Collaborative leadership

Collaborative leadership is an increasingly vital source of competitive advantage in today’s highly networked, team-based, and partnership-oriented business environments. Yet few leaders have been trained to lead collaboratively, especially those at more senior levels who climbed the organisational ladder in a different era.

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The power of a positive NO

No is the key to defining your strategic focus and every important Yes therefore may require a thousand No’s.

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Reinventing management

Many books and articles have now been written to explain the causes of the credit crisis of 2007–2008 and the broader upheaval in the financial services industry that followed.

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What’s love got to do with it?

Growing beyond a culture that values competition and hierarchy above all else can be a powerful game-changer – one that takes individual and organizational performance to a new level.

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The solutions in our midst

Fatalism – the belief that things cannot be changed – is the greatest enemy of transformative leaders.

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Out of classroom experiences

Rather than point to a training course, leaders will talk about a time when they stepped out of their comfort zone to rise to a challenge or deal with a crisis.

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Emerging worldviews

We have entered an era of global connectivity in which networks predominate and our interdependence determines the direction and consequences of our actions.

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Creating psychological safety: managing with the brain in mind

Neuroscience research confirms that we are social animals, and threats to our social standing are every bit as stressful as physical pain or going hungry.

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Women and negotiation: why men should come to the table

Women generally do better than men in win-win types of negotiation, and worse in win-lose negotiations.

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Building cultures of sustainability

The BE-DO-HAVE model helps define the prerequisites not just for sustainability initiatives but also for any organisational change effort.

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A hidden lever of leadership

Most of the time, large meetings are tedious downloads from leadership. Sometimes they are participatory, but lack accountability and follow-through.

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Managing and leading in the midst of uncertainty

Good planning balances speed and completeness. Ideally, it articulates the overall strategic intent to ensure all staff can make informed judgments when needed.

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Too good to fail: purpose-driven business

Since 1868, Tata Group has made a habit of putting communities first, and has thereby grown to a market capitalisation of $141 billion. Something’s clearly working here.

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Feminine principle and Theory U: character based leadership

Theory U describes how change happens in our organizations and societies – and to be a change leader requires the right balance of self-discipline and freedom.

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Corporation as CEO: Character based leadership

For most leaders the following situation is all too familiar: a senior and valued employee comes into your office to announce that he is leaving, having found a better-paying position elsewhere.

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The power of brands to contribute to a sustainable future

Individuals and governments each have their role to play in shifting toward sustainability, but so do businesses.

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Conversational leadership: aligning people with strategy

Often, it seems that, in the hectic pace of doing business, there’s barely a chance to say “boo” much less reflect on how and why we’re doing what we’re doing.

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Intuitive intelligence in leadership

Do you trust your gut when it comes to the big stuff? Instincts and hunches may have a comforting influence on day-to-day decisions, but when it comes to major strategic choices and matters of great complexity, intuition doesn’t often get a seat in the C-Suite.

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