Tag Archives: #leadership

Coaching for Leadership

A little while ago, there was some Gallup research, which amongst other things suggested that the corporate world is appallingly bad at capitalizing on the strengths of its people. Why would that be? Considering that for many organisations people costs are one of the largest lines of expense, you would think that employers would spare […]

The difference between Mentoring and Coaching

The terms “mentoring” and “coaching” are often used interchangeably, but while there is some overlap between the two, they represent very different practices in the areas of career, leadership and professional development. The confusion is not helped by the abundance of professional providers and consultants offering “life coaching”, “career counselling”, “business coaching”, “business mentoring”, “career […]

Debating Board Diversity: Part 2 – From Thought to Culture

Where is the debate on board diversity heading?  In Part 1, we took issue with the current (albeit understandable) focus on gender representation, which we argued risks narrowing the discussion. In this concluding article, we offer some other perspectives on how to bring diversity into the boardroom. To begin with, cognitive diversity is still under-appreciated […]

Debating Board Diversity: Part 1 – Challenging the Gender Bias?

Everyone talks about diversity in the boardroom – but could our use of labels actually narrow the debate?  One day it may be gender, the next it may be race, or even age; and if we dig deep enough we may include ability (disability). Our focus on the gender bias is understandable, because there is […]

Coachability – What’s that all about?

Just as being change-ready is the first step in any change management process, being open to personal development is a prerequisite for effective coaching outcomes. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (As You Like It, William Shakespeare) The opportunity to undertake developmental coaching fulfils […]

Building a Leadership Pathway to Effective Directorship

Being a non-executive director is not just about turning up to board meetings and making sure that the governance processes are in good order. Effective directors must pursue a personal career development plan that enables them to perform at their best, and contribute meaningfully to the boards they serve.          If awareness and foresight sit […]

How do you define ROI on Coaching?

Our contemporary business environment, with the mantra of ‘do more with less’, naturally compels us to justify all costs to the business in terms of ROI. The use of ROI to measure investments in tangible assets such as plant and equipment is probably still the most commonly used calculation in business metrics at an organisational […]

Coaching for Change

Even under the best of circumstances, organisational transformations can be challenging. Time is not the issue. Often, mergers, acquisitions and restructures are carefully planned and executed over a long period for reasons of governance and fiduciary requirements. Money is not the issue. Companies will mostly enter into such arrangements with cost/benefit issues and success factors […]

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