According to science, you should never argue with anyone in writing

Did you know that we respond very differently to what people write than to what they say, even if those things are exactly the same? That's the result of a fascinating new experiment by UC Berkeley and University of Chicago researchers. This research shows HOW we interact makes a huge difference. It's best not to … Continue reading According to science, you should never argue with anyone in writing

As AI makes more decisions, the nature of leadership will change

The fourth industrial revolution is here. Are you ready? If we see our intelligence as one of our greatest strengths, especially at work, and artificial intelligence (AI) replaces that, then how will we remain relevant? For some this is scary; it should be if you're stuck in the rut of valuing your subject matter expertise … Continue reading As AI makes more decisions, the nature of leadership will change

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable… then speak out

Watch #LuvvieAjayi - a professional troublemaker - show others how to overcome their fears. Fear is the gatekeeper of the status quo. Is there something happening in your world that you don't think is right?  If yes, realise this: Your silence serves no-one.   Speaking truth to power shouldn't feel sacrificial, but it does. Do it … Continue reading Get comfortable with being uncomfortable… then speak out

Learning & development are interdependent, but they’re not the same thing

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 & development are interdependent, but they’re not the same thing

Can promotions be seen as an endorsement of a leader’s dark side?

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: The forgotten side of leadership

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

Reinvent your identity, turnback time and even hack your biology

Start seeing your identity as flexible and malleable. Don't fall into the trap of the fixed mindset by believing that 'this is just the way I am'. Don't see your identity as something rigid. Just because you’ve played a role in the past doesn’t mean you are married to that role. If your current context … Continue reading Reinvent your identity, turnback time and even hack your biology