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Lessons in Innovative Leadership from Nike

I recently attended a talk by Dr. Erez Morag, an innovation expert who was employed by Nike to develop their innovative sports footwear.  Dr. Morag talked about what we can learn from the approaches taken to innovation in sport and apply these to the business and leadership world. Three areas resonated with me as elements… Read more


Performance Reviews – Are they working?

Annual performance reviews seem to be a necessary evil in most organisations. Moving away from these being seen as a once a year chore and looking for regular opportunities to provide feedback and coaching can remove some of the ‘dread’ that many managers and team members feel about the process.


Spotting Coachable Moments

One of the things that often comes up with leaders who are looking to adopt more of a coaching style is difficulty identifying situations that could lend themselves to coaching – what we call ‘coachable moments’. Here are a few ideas and suggestions for situations that may be used for coaching / taking more of… Read more


Give your change process a chance

One theme that challenges organisations committed to making significant changes, such as the introduction of a coaching culture, is perseverance.  Almost without exception the leaders we have interviewed have commented on the need to stick with the changes over the long-term to get the business benefits. Significant changes don’t happen over the course of a… Read more


You Get the Performance You Expect

I recently re-read some research on the Pygmalion Effect and it made a sufficient impact on me to think that it would be useful to share more widely – as a reinforcer for those of you who already know and (hopefully) apply it, as well as for those of you who have not yet heard… Read more