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Analytical Skills Vs Critical Thinking
Analytical skills and critical thinking are crucial to business performance - but research shows that they are often lacking. This gives you an opportunity to develop your managers and leaders.
Leading Through Effective Communication
Communication is the heart of good leadership. We discuss five strategies of leading through effective communication and how to employ them for maximum advantage.
This is not just another online training programme...
Take a look at the short VILT Showcase video to get a flavour of 'virtual instructor led training' that harnesses the powerful, experiential and transformational elements of face-to-face learning. Developing carefully designed, meaningful, engaging learning experiences.
Leading to Prime
Prime is the optimum area on an organisational lifecycle, where the organisation finally achieves a balance and healthy tension between control and agility. The context is always changing, Russell Evans describes the traits your leaders need to lead your organisation 'to Prime'.
Stages of adult development - where are you on the journey to Purposeful Leadership?
Clive Wilson interviewed colleague Gary Edwards about the stages of adult development and asks if you know where you are you on your journey to leading with purpose.
Follow Simon Sinek: Find your Why and Unlock the Benefits of Value-Driven Leadership
What’s your why? Your values and purpose? Your story? Start your journey of self-discovery and you’ll connect more deeply, engage, and inspire.
Closing the Culture Gap
Leaders with high cultural intelligence learn which actions will and won't enhance effectiveness, developing CQ is critical to personal and organisational success. Particularly in a multi-cultural environment.
An Overplayed Strength can become a Weakness
Being aware of your strengths as a leader, and using them, is a key to success for you and your team. Overplaying a strength can become a weakness. Russell Evans shares 3 might be holding you back.
10 Critical Skills Needed for Developing Leaders
As well as the hard, technical skills necessary to lead with authority and knowledge, soft skills are crucial for leadership success.
A Human Enterprise
In his book ‘A Promised Land’ former US President Barack Obama describes that part of his intent in writing the book was to lift the veil on the role of The President and the government to show that they form a “human enterprise like any other”.
What will leadership look like in the future?
Traditionally, leaders have been extroverts. Of course there are many notable exceptions - is now the best time for introverted leaders? | Primeast
It's all about leadership right? Yes...but don't forget to manage as well!
Why does Management have a less glamourous reputation than Leadership for delivering results and making an impact?
Are you Moved to Lead?
Are you moved to lead? Exclusively intellectual learning is clearly useful for gaining new information, but it is ultimately insufficient for transformational leadership development. Understanding the Mind/Body approach to leadership might help.
Behaviours to develop trust within remote teams
These tactics to extend the reach of your company culture describe behaviours which could develop and maintain trust at work, now that managers must lead remote and dispersed teams.
Building resiliency as leaders
Chris Lazenby, Primeast Associate, suggests some practical ways you can build resilience as a leader during these uncertain times. How managing your own state will ensure you can support your teams more effectively
The Next Adventure - creating opportunity from crisis
Russell Evans considers the opportunity for leaders to re-imagine a new and better future in a post pandemic world and how leaders can begin to create a vision for the future
Returning to work
Sarah Cave, Head of Leadership, reflects on the value of coaching during this 'Return to Work' phase. With remote working now an accepted norm, how does a leader build trust and confidence and a sense of connectedness with remote and complex team structures?
How to lead in uncertainty
Martin Carver reflects on the challenges facing all leaders at the present time: how to lead with clarity, vision and purpose in the face of such unpredictable and uncertain times. Introducing the VUCAR response as a framework to guide you
Why purpose matters more than ever
Clive Wilson considers how PrimeFocus can be used as a framework for leaders to stay true to purpose despite the current challenges. Helping you manage the short term and long term perspectives
Are you fit to lead?
Sarah Cave, Head of Leadership at Primeast shares insights into being fit to lead with tips around managing stress, diet and even sleep. With practical tips you take start on today to manage your own and the wellbeing of your teams
How to create an inclusive culture
Simon Tarver writes about his experiences of working with teams, the damaging notion of 'them and us' and the importance of a clear understanding of purpose and vision to mobilise, engage and unify teams
How to lead in a VUCA world
David Evans reflects on the need for a new set of skills in a rapidly changing world that will help leaders navigate the challenge and uncertainty they face on a daily basis. And why we must focus on learning and development that develops the internal operating system
Self-awareness - the beginning of leadership
Inspired by Antony Tjan, David Evans considers the whole person leadership approach and why it is critical when investing in improving leadership effectiveness. And why the first step in any development journey is self-awareness
Leading with authenticity and integrity
A shining example of leading with authenticity and integrity to ensure a level playing field whilst building trust among your stakeholder groups - a valuable lesson for any leader
The leadership ecosystem
Exploring the nature of dispersed leadership and how it can be applied in the context of a complex leadership system; the subject of our latest Talent Forum. Leaders explore a topical workplace challenge facilitated by Clive Wilson using action learning sets.
The 5 creative competencies you need to succeed
Sarah Cave explores how the Leadership Circle can help you understand the critical competencies Leaders need to be able to lead an organistion through change and challenge and how to improve your leadership effectiveness
How to foster purposeful leadership
Clive Wilson explores how the Leadership Circle 360 degree instrument can be used to give your leaders feedback on the extent to which they are creative or reactive leaders
Defining culture and values as leaders
David Evans explores the roles of culture, values and purpose in leadership. We can develop the self-awareness and creative competencies to deliver the conditions in which everyone can do their best at work.
How to manage cultural alignment during M&As?
David Evans shares his experience of working with organisations during merger and acquisition to build cultural synergy across diverse structures, locations and teams
How to boost collective leadership effectiveness
How a Primeast Leadership Development programme can improve the effectiveness of your collective leadership team using The Leadership Circle to transform organisational performance
Use it or lose it - the Apprenticeship Levy fund?
75% is not spent, use yours for the York St John MBA. If your organisation pays the apprenticeship levy (England) talk to Primeast about senior leader degree apprenticeships with York St John University
Line managers as champions of learning
How embedding a culture of learning in your organisation starts with line managers and ensures any investment in learning and development is sustained for long term behaviour change and improved performance
It's a wonderful workplace
When it comes to management of mental wellbeing in the workplace, there is a fundamental link between an organisation's values, its leadership style and its culture that cannot be overlooked.
Managing change and disruption
Disruption can be a powerful force in shaping your business, but scenario planning allows you to intelligently manage this change.
Leading behavioural change
Understanding your own values and behaviour is an important first step in bringing about successful change within your organisation. How shared values and culture will unite teams in pursuit of the organisation's vision
What is facilitation and how to excel at it
The role of the facilitator is so much more than the leader of meetings. Warwick Abbott explains how businesses can make the most of these skilled professionals.
Why being assertive can benefit your business
Assertiveness is a trait that can provide some excellent benefits to businesses. It therefore pays to understand what assertiveness can do for you and how it can achieve better results.
Millennials are taking their place in the world of work - it's troubling for some leaders that this group are deemed harder to engage with and understand than any other. We look at what Simon Sinek has said about this generation.
The power of generative listening
The benefit of listening is something that every good leader will appreciate and understand. Generative listening could hold the key to a more productive future.
Developing mental toughness: A How-to Guide (Part 2)
Organisations can make use of some simple measures to help enhance the mental toughness of their staff. Including the use the Four Cs, helping to develop strategies to build mental toughness.
Developing organisational resilience: (Part 1 Mental Toughness)
Developing mental toughness and organisational resilience are essential factors for businesses hoping to excel in a VUCA world. Understanding the 4 Cs and the importance of developing emotional intelligence.
Long live continuous dialogue!
Employee engagement can be a difficult task, but understanding the issues of staff is something all effective organisations will be committed to achieving.
The power of generative listening
Generative listening requires a significant shift in a leaders mindset, away from being certain of the best way forward and taking ownership towards greater humility - they don't have all the answers and engaging others in support of a shared purpose, a more powerful sense of direction emerges.
The power of experiential leadership development - virtual learning
Immersive and experiential leadership development is something that can build the confidence of individuals and open up new avenues of thought in corporate problem-solving. And it can be done virtually - with the right skill
Switch on and mix up blended learning
Our Head of Client Solutions offers a different way of looking at how to design a blended learning program is to think about how to make the best smoothie.
Leadership Immersion - resulting in transformational learning
How we employ experiential learning to stimulate a 'whole person' response to situational learning which has proven to affect often life-changing results.
Why teamwork lies at the heart of a successful matrix structure
Those working within a matrix structure will work at their best when teamwork is placed at the heart of the matrix. Read more about that role and how to establish strong teams.
Barrett Values: Why we took the test
With so much focus on values and how they've changed during the pandemic, we review the results when we completed our own cultural survey. Take a glimpse into the attitudes and aspirations of our clients, associates and staff at Primeast which were highlighted in the results.
How intrapreneurism is becoming crucial for talent management
Intrapreneurs can add real value to a business, but leaders have to create the correct environment to motivate and nurture intrepreneurism within the organisation.
Transparent communication at the heart of business performance
Clear communication lies at the heart of ensuring businesses are working well and performing at their best.
What the Tour de France can teach us about teamwork
Simon Tarver looks at the Tour de France to show two very different approaches to leading a team. And explores what's needed to avoid building a dysfunctional team.
Fighting, not conflict, is a sign of dysfunction
Conflict can be positive within a team. But if it turns to fighting it has massive ramifications for companies. If teams become dysfunctional and fighting takes root, productivity and innovation will take a nose dive.
The role of emotional intelligence in the pharma industry
Developing emotional intelligence of those within the pharma industry can improve individual, team and project performance.
Should you deliver L&D programmes globally?
Should you roll out learning development programmes (L&D) locally or globally? This is one of the main questions facing learning & development and HR professionals within global organisations.
Women in Leadership: Andrea Cartwright, Supergroup
Andrea shared with us her journey, the challenges she's encountered as a female leader, and her tips for those looking to get to the top.
Women in Leadership: Pauline Yau, Microsoft
Pauline shares her journey, experiences and challenges as a female leader in the Tech industry. And thoughts on the current environment for professional women.
Managing Ambivalent Team Relationships
An ambivalent relationship is classed as a relationship in which both positive and negative feelings are present, usually with tension and conflict. It's the classic love/hate situation that requires careful balance.
Nancy Mattenberger, Infor speaks to Sarah Cave
Congratulations to Nancy for being voted one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in IT Services 2020! In 2015 she shared with us her journey, the challenges she's encountered as a female leader, and her tips for those looking to get to the top.
Roll out a global L&D programme
Taking a global approach to learning and development (L&D) programmes has many benefits for organisations...but the scale and complexity of rolling out global L&D acts as a deterrent for many.
Why You Need To Get Passionate At Work
Success and passion are intrinsically linked and at Primeast we always stress the importance of loving what you do. It's what gets you up in the morning, makes you strive for better and get back up when you're knocked down.
Millennials - success is changing, and rapidly
Following a challenge at a recent Talent Forum event, Clive Wilson shares his tips on attracting, engaging and retaining millenials. They can bring a renewed energy to your leadership and a breath of fresh air for your existing employees who might also welcome a more modern experience.
10 Principles to Drive Change in Organization Structure
Clive Wilson highlights 10 principles that can be used to support organisational change efficiently and effectively in an increasingly complex business environment.