March 31, 2017

Competitive Advantage is Often Born out of Dysfunctionality!

We’re all looking for a competitive advantage; a condition that sets us apart from all the rest. And developing that from scratch in business is a tall ask. Even in the world of sport this concept is easier to adopt in some disciplines than in others. Take Dave Brailsford (British […]
March 21, 2017

When Business Growth Scuppers Exemplary Leadership

Exemplary leadership isn’t about doing everything yourself. You’re busy, working flat out and at times meeting yourself coming backwards. I get that. Or maybe you believe you’re best placed to be out on the road. Since closing deals or serving customers brings some satisfaction. And at least you’re acting on […]
March 18, 2017

The art and Science of Creative Employee Engagement

People are not all alike. We know this. So, creative employee engagement requires you to see your employees – really see them. And to learn what makes them tick. A manager told me recently that he often sees people flouting company rules as he walks around the office. Uncertain about […]
March 10, 2017

Executive Development Requires a Flexible Approach

Executive development is the preserve of the top 5% to 10% of the organisation. And that membership has a tendency to morph and change over time; until eventually you end up with a well functioning team – at least that’s the plan! To begin with there has to be (at […]
March 3, 2017

Developing a Leadership Pipeline That Works

There are different ways to nurture the leadership pipeline in your organisation. Your approach may not work for everyone. And yet the only views that matter belong to the people who work for you. Eddie Jones, England rugby union coach, calls the players that come off the bench ‘finishers’ rather […]
February 28, 2017

Helen Broughton’s Story – Leadership & Management Stock-take (2016)

“There are companies out there that are all great at delivering these generic management surveys that cut the data however you want it cutting and will feedback. Where you add value, Robyn, is that you follow through. Your work does not stop at you handing me a report, you will […]
February 17, 2017

Need to Boost Retention of key Talent? Respect Their Aptitude!

Retention of key talent is a primary concern for organisations. It’s all well and good to focus your efforts on ‘star performers’. In addition, remember to include those ‘normal’ performers who are equally critical for the success of any change effort. We each have a natural propensity to perform well […]
February 10, 2017

Hard to Sustain Success that’s Unprecedented!

Achieving success for the first time is hard enough. To sustain success once you’ve reached the pinnacle is exceptionally difficult to do. Pat Riley, a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association, wrote a book about his coaching career. He identified unexpected achievements, like Leicester City Football Club […]
February 3, 2017

Transformational Leadership Expected of Women and Appreciated in Men!

The research says we expect women everywhere to do transformational leadership rather than transactional leadership. We assume that women will be nurturing to their teams and be team players. Furthermore we anticipate they’ll bring people on and that they’ll take on all those developmental roles in the organisation. And they […]
January 27, 2017

Thrown off Your Game? Finding Your Niche is Key!

If finding your niche is a key component of success then Mischa Zverev has the answer. He knows his niche as a tennis pro. Because of his recent performances the tennis world has been buzzing with chatter about the lost art of ‘serve and volley’ tennis. He’s the only male tennis […]
January 20, 2017

Underestimate Self-Knowledge at Your Peril!

Executives and senior managers cannot afford to underestimate the importance of self-knowledge. Failure to face reality can destroy your career and your business. Usually, when I ask a company director for their biggest challenge, you tell me that once you reach that new level in the organisation, you stop receiving feedback. […]
January 20, 2017

Abi Humayun’s Story – Executive Breakthrough (2016)

“Your differentiator as a coach Robyn is the ability to talk to you about all areas of life; not just work, because these days work and life aren’t necessarily separated.” I feel like today has closed a chapter for me; a very hard chapter and I want to maintain this […]
January 13, 2017

Work-Life Balance in Need of Repair? Consistent Focus is Key!

The desire to achieve work-life balance is one we all share. Some are more successful at it than others. One of the reasons it eludes us is that work plays an important part in all our lives. It provides us with purpose, challenge, and an occupation. Furthermore, it puts bread […]
January 7, 2017

Succession Planning Fails Without Leadership Development!

Do you and your organisation approach succession planning proactively?Have you identified the person who will take over from you? And do they know?! Professional athletes train hard. That’s a given. Of some we are in awe – take a bow Sir Andy Murray! And yet, putting the most hours in […]
December 30, 2016

Can Micro Breaks Increase Productivity? Only if you use Them Wisely!

Want to increase productivity at work? Frustrated that tasks always take longer than you anticipate? Disappointed that your people dwell on jobs much longer than you would like? Well, the answer may lie in our approach to coffee breaks. Whether it’s beneficial to take them at all is in question; […]