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July 2016

Seagull managers: How to regain control of your team

Seagull managers allow situations to spiral out of control before swooping in with superficial or thoughtless solutions and flying off again, leaving the team to clear up the mess.

It’s a management style that causes stress and confusion – and it’s on the increase.

Writing for Forbes, Travis Bradberry explains how to regain control by focusing on what should be your number-one...

Create your firm’s future today

What you do today determines your company’s future. The most successful firms learn to detect, analyse and capitalise on the earliest signs of emerging trends.

Writing for Harvard Business Review, Vijay Govindarajan describes how firms can master "planned opportunism" – a systematic process of detecting and interpreting the first signs of future developments in everything from customer...

Increase your charisma in five simple steps

Charisma isn’t always innate – you can learn it. Here's how you can increase your charm quotient to help you get ahead.

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Tactics for managing team conflict

Healthy debate in the workplace is a good thing. But what can you do when positive behaviours give way to infighting?

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Five reputational risks and how to plan for them

You can’t avoid scandal, but you can prepare for it. Here’s how to plan for five of the most serious reputational risks to your business.

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Redesign your life for the sake of your business

Design thinking can improve your health, wellbeing and, ultimately, your executive performance. 

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Why ‘ideal workers’ are bad for business

Do your employees arrive early, stay late, pull all-nighters, work weekends and stay on-call 24/7 via smartphones?

Many organisations expect employees to become such dedicated “ideal workers”, despite the...

How to lead the team you inherit

What can you do if the team you take over created the problem you’ve been hired to fix?

The best-known team-building framework is “forming, storming, norming and performing”. But that assumes you’re building a team from scratch.

In a recent article for Harvard Business Review, Michael Watkins offers a new model: “assessing, reshaping and accelerating”.

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Get ROI on your leadership training

Companies certainly recognise the importance of management and leadership coaching, spending a global total of $24bn on it in 2013 alone. But in a tough economic climate, it’s often the training budget that’s first to feel the squeeze.

Writing for Harvard Business Review, Ron Ashkenas of Schaffer Consulting and the University of Houston’s Robert Hausmann propose a new approach to...

Superforecasting: how to make winning judgment calls

While no one can foresee the future with 100% accuracy, training your analysts to forecast objectively and work collaboratively can help you stay ahead of the competition.

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