It's people who make or break both reputations and profits. Hiring and people development practises matter. Values that are normalised by behaviour - wrong and right - matter too. A culture of integrity and ethical conduct isn't the words in a company's code of conduct; it's the sum of the behaviours of the individual employees and the collective.
In my experience, too many learning and development professionals are still ignoring the implications of neuroscience and adult psychological development when going about their work of developing leaders. This isn't to say they don't have the best intentions at heart. It just means they stick to what they know, to what has always been done, … Continue reading Learning and Development Are Interdependent, But They’re Not the Same Thing
According to Harvard Business Review, "Worryingly, leaders tend to do a poor job of evaluating their own dark sides, particularly as they gain power and move up the ranks. Some perceive their career advancement as an endorsement or encouragement of their bad habits. Eventually, however, those weaknesses may derail them, and perhaps their teams and … Continue reading Can Promotions Be Seen as an Endorsement of a Leader’s Dark Side?
Followership really does matter. I think Maya Angelou highlighted this when she said, "Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities." Companies seem to be obsessed with leader and leadership development. But what about the followers? According to … Continue reading Followership: The Forgotten Side of Leadership
We all know that too much of a good thing is bad for you. But is it true for resilience. Well, the answer is yes. It seems that any strength overplayed eventually becomes a derailer. What are your overplayed strengths and how have they started to work against you? If you want more, please read … Continue reading The Dark Side of Resilience
Alibaba's Jack Ma on Artificial Intelligence. He says machines will be smarter than humans, but not wiser. I'm concerned that we still focus on smarts when we develop people - kids and adults - and not on wisdom (or vertical development). Think of people as smartphones: You can keep adding Apps to make your … Continue reading Smart or Wise? Watch Alibaba’s Jack Ma as he Talks About Humans and Machines
Has the world gone mad? Are you afraid of what might happen? Understanding how our brains work will help us create a less polarised, more inclusive world where we ALL feel safer. It's not that hard, just start with these things: Sleep properly and for long enough Eat well and don't starve your brain Breathe … Continue reading Are We on the Brink of a Global Emotional Crisis?