Creating a Personal Development Plan

None of us enters the corporate world without aims and aspirations. But, as John Lennon said, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. We go from day to day with certain priorities, and before we know it days turn into weeks, months turn into years and our personal development plan […]

Developing Skills and Knowledge with Action Learning

In the 1980s, pioneering management consultant Reg Revans published his two most famous books, The Origins and Growth of Action Learning in 1982 and ABC of Action Learning in 1983. These publications made him one of the most well-known and sought-after figures in business coaching and management consultancy in the late 1980s and early 1990s, […]

Leadership and the art of not knowing (Part Two)

Here’s the core predicament that those in leadership find themselves in: virtually all organisations prize competence and expertise; however, in a mind-bogglingly complex world, no one individual can possibly have all the answers. A study by business consulting and coaching experts Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner found that virtually all the leaders they spoke to struggled […]

Coaching questions and the art of crafting good ones

Let’s begin with a bad question: “What are the ingredients of a good question?” What’s bad about that? Actually, the second question is slightly better than the first because it focuses on specifics. The first question is just too wide (and too boring) to elicit any meaningful answers. It’s possible to get answers from any […]

‘Committed flirtation’: the path to developing your inner leader

Mark is a young executive, who has just landed a big promotion. He’s been told that leadership skills will be crucial for his future success. However, there’s a problem. He’s intelligent and hardworking, but, frankly, not especially empathic in his dealings with other people. He can be bruisingly blunt when giving feedback and sensitive listening […]