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Author: Gill Brabner

WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL VIRTUAL FORUM THEATRE EVENT

We are running a forum theatre workshop on 28th April focused on performance management conversations for our Academy members. During the session we will run a live scene in which the ever popular Maxine takes on the task of performance managing one of her staff and attempts to get to the bottom of an issue […]

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Questions Leaders Can Ask

Today’s question that leaders can ask is: Who else needs to be part of this discussion? It’s an important question because leaders must invite diverse experiences and opinions to ensure the best decisions are reached and group think is avoided. Inclusion doesn’t just happen. Inclusive behaviours need role modelling. Who else needs to be part […]

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Questions Leaders Can Ask

The first question in this ‘Questions Leaders Can Ask’ series is: What matters most to you and your team? It’s a brilliant question for the following reasons: 1. It shows you care 2. It hones in on what is most important to front line staff 3. It provides vital information about barriers to productivity and […]

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Have you got some old pyracantha in your courses?

Recently I spent some time cutting down an old pyracantha bush. And the next step will be to dig the roots out and replace it with something that is right for the garden today. It reminded me of some work I did last week, reviewing some old online materials. They included a couple of models […]

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Animal Strategies – Zebra & their responses to threats

Business leaders have been responding to the COVID threat over the past year. The zebra, according to Stephen Berry, in his book Strategies of the Serengeti, has six key responses to threat: Fight, Flight, Flock, Freeze, Fragment and Frolic. For businesses to be able to fight their way back from the crisis they will need […]

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Strategy animals: The Cheetah

The cheetah has one strategy: speed. It’s the fastest land animal over short distances and it uses its speed to hunt down its prey and get there first. Getting there first in business is the stuff of legends, whether its bringing a new product to market or spotting a gap in the market or adapting […]

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Today’s strategy animal: The Hippo

The hippo is King of the river, where it has no predators. In the river the hippo moves effortlessly along, its skin cooled by the water. The hippo is sociable in the river and spends as much time as possible bathing. In Strategies of the Serengeti, Berry uses the hippo to illustrate the term “know […]

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Leaders set the tone of the organisation

  Recently I was in a discussion about the impact of leaders on organisational culture. It reminded me of Stephen Berry’s Strategies of the Serengeti and the first chapter of the book: Giraffe. He uses the giraffe as a metaphor for leadership vision. And that’s because the giraffe is not only very tall, it has […]

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“You don’t look autistic”

Last week we finished filming a short training video about a character who has autism, who meets with his new manager to ask for some adjustments at work, to enable him to work at his best.We invited a young actor Alex, who has a diagnosis of autism to work with us on this project. He […]

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Compassion at work – what does that mean?

There has been a lot of interest in developing more compassionate work places but what do we mean by compassion and how can compassion inform the way we manage others at work? Definitions of compassion often include a reference to suffering. But suffering is not usually a word we associate with workplaces. However, we can […]

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