Learning and Development Group Scotland – Meet Up

July 29, 2011 by · View Comments 

The Learning and Development Group on Linkedin is a fantastic resources for professionals in the L & D field with over 1000 members – most of whom are more than willing to share ideas, thoughts and advise.

The Search for the Single Right Answer

January 5, 2011 by · View Comments 

We currently live in a world which can be defined by two things its complexity and the need for wide scale change. The world is complex – the accelerating pace of change, globalisation, new technology and the blurring of traditional boundaries all contribute.

Leadership, Difficult Conversations and Coaching

November 12, 2010 by · View Comments 

Through our bespoke work we have recently noticed key themes emerging for our clients as they respond to the challenging market conditions. In response to this, we have developed a core suite of workshops that we are   able to offer  at  reduced rate.

Women in the Boardroom

November 1, 2010 by · View Comments 

On Sunday, Caroline was on BBC Scotland’s flagship Business programme discussing if there is a glass ceiling for women in the workplace? Follow the link here to hear the prgramme.

Real Change or Rhetoric?

August 23, 2010 by · View Comments 

There’s a lot of rhetoric around doing things differently across the public and voluntary sectors. The current and increasing budget challenges are supposed to make everyone think of new ways of delivering the same or better outcomes with fewer resources.

Is Cultural Matching the missing ingredient in collaboration?

August 3, 2010 by · View Comments 

I was recently brought in to help a partnership where the honeymoon period was well and truly over and it was proving hard to achieve all that looked possible while “courting”.  Some things were going well but there was still a lot more to be gained.  We certainly helped, but some hard thinking and honest evaluation earlier in the partnership could have avoided a lot of anguish.   Sometimes we are involved in the early stages, facilitating the initial joint discussions, however the real work of making collaboration work starts even before this.

Leading through Adversity

July 29, 2010 by · View Comments 

During a recent workshop on Leading through Adversity people spoke of how difficult it is to keep focussed through hard times.  I find that, as a coach, I am often helping executives, both experienced and less-experienced, navigate their way through uncertainties they have never come across before. Igilgometa . Fortunately there are frameworks and techniques to help, as adverse times require a different sort of leadership and mental state.

Mentoring and why we need it!

July 9, 2010 by · View Comments 

Boards are still not properly reflecting the growing diversity of their markets and employees.

Public sector = Bad people?

June 24, 2010 by · View Comments 

There’s a move afoot. People in the public sector are having to shift how they think about their job and how they work. Crunagtheattupa Four years into the Scottish Government’s outcome-based approach, the advent of Scotland Performs and Single Outcome Agreements, the power of outcome-based planning is starting to be understood – if not realised.

Cognitive Fitness – Get your brain sweating

June 21, 2010 by · View Comments 

Looking after yourself generally means exercising and watching what you eat.  New research in neuroscience is now showing that it is just as important to exercise and feed your brain as well as your body!  We know that the brain is split into 2 sides with the left side taking care of the practical, ordered side of life whilst the right hand side if the imagination and creativity.  Opinions vary as to which side you should focus on but one is linked to the other so both sides should be developed.