Summer Check-in

Summer 2020 - like none you’ve ever known! Speaking with clients in recent weeks, we have been struck by some common themes of experience. We are sharing these with you because, although they’re not all upbeat, often just knowing how you and others are, can feel good and give encouragement

No Signposts but Optimistic!

We have always known how privileged we are to work with exceptional leaders, but never more than now.  The conversations we have had with our clients over the last two months have revealed a level of leadership, humanity, creativity and resilience that can only fuel optimism for this country.

Reimagining Corporate Purpose

In his recent book Prosperity (2018), Prof. Colin Meyer of Oxford Universities’ Said Business School argues that all is not well in the corporate world. The public at large increasingly views the corporate world as indifferent to everything but the share price.

Beyond the Stable State

I read an article recently about the challenges facing business leaders in Ireland in preparing their organisations for Brexit. It led me to reflect on an insightful paper by Donald Schön back in 1971 (Beyond the Stable State, 1971). It occurred to me that great organisational intellects like Schön can capture the essence of what is important for business leaders to focus on. These core truths, which persist over the long term, are a source of valuable insight for business leaders who need to respond to challenges in the short term.

Self-Awareness – A Key Component Of Executive Presence And Successful Leadership

What is Self-Awareness? The Oxford English Dictionary definition of self-awareness is “Conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings”.  The first psychological study of self-awareness dates back to the early 1970s, and more recently the work of Daniel Goleman on Emotional Intelligence (knowing one’s internal states, preferences, resources and intuitions) has recognised that self-awareness is a major contributor to success, both at work and in day to day life. 

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