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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Primeast presented to HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace
In recognition for achieving the Queen's Award for International Trade, Primeast's Russell Evans and Sue Walsh were presented to Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Designing The Purposeful Organization
Clive Wilson's new book "Designing the Purposeful Organization" has been published and here you can read some reviews, find out more about the book and a 20% off code for your very own copy.
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.
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.
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.
Primeast acquires The Blue Water Partnership
Automotive leadership and management development specialist The Blue Water Partnership becomes automotive division of Primeast. Founded 17 years ago, Blue Water has worked with Citroen, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Triumph Motorcycles and Volvo
Launching the York Executive MBA
Global business and university academics have joined forces to offer a career-enhancing opportunity for the region's leaders. Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship Executive MBA launched by York St John University and Primeast.
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.
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
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
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
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 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
The Primeast 'Leadership Cycle'
Primeast's Leadership Cycle and the parallels we can draw with our Leadership Circle diagnostic tool which we use to help develop outstanding leaders
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
Are you a snowplough employer?
Clive Wilson Primeast and Denis Kelly ESB explore the millennial or "Snowflake" Generation at Dublin Talent Forum. How to source, grow and retain technical talent that can develop the future skills that currently don't exist but will be critical to our future as a business.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Understanding your Purpose
Follow this free recorded session, in your own time, as Sarah Cave guides you through the process as you complete your PVA and explore the true nature of your personal values and purpose. Helping you develop the awareness of what drives you personally and professionally
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?
What's Important Now
Join us for our free 3 part Leadership webinar series designed to help leaders begin to build a better future after the great PAUSE. Examining your role as individual, team leader and the wider organisational context. Introducing a range of proven tools and self-assessments
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How resilient do you feel right now?
Our resilience is being tested now more than ever, how's yours doing? Take the anonymous Primeast assessment to help identify the areas you might want to focus on to help maintain a strong and healthy performance.
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?
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 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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Managing change and disruption
Disruption can be a powerful force in shaping your business, but scenario planning allows you to intelligently manage this change.
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.
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.
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'.
Four opportunities to develop skills for the future
Primeast is delighted to be supporting WiN for the 6th year running. We are running 5 workshops during the virtual Nuclear Skills Festival. Find out about the workshops, access free resources and sign up to the Nuclear Skills Festival here.
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 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.
Skills for a Changing World
Let's get 'future ready'. As part of the Nuclear Skills Festival 2021, Primeast were delighted to partner up with Women in Nuclear UK for the sixth year running. Find out more about the workshops we hosted as part of the theme - 'Skills for a Changing World'.
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.
Primeast wins Queen's Award 2021
Primeast receives the Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade, 2021. A fantastic achievement for the team. Thanks to all our clients and partners who've engaged and supported us over the years.
Why the Leadership Journey Matters
Research shows that the stages of life exist in the same sequence in all cultures and align with the leadership journey. What stage have you transitioned to?
The Leadership Conversation
Join in the Leadership Conversation - our new series of podcasts with Martin Carver, Primeast. Uncovering the challenges and mysteries of senior leadership. In this first extended episode, Martin is joined by Joy Medos and Michael Bieder, experts and partners in the field of leadership development.
Transformational Leadership in the VUCA World
Transformational leadership in a VUCA world requires a VUCAR response - vision, understanding, capabilities, agility and resilience. And whilst self-awareness is the key, it is important to focus on developing your teams and building strength across the organisation.
The Joy of Work
Finding joy at work requires understanding of purpose - personal and professional. If you're not sure, start with your passion. Dr Matthew Walsh, leader and coach in the health and care sector reflects on how leaders can start to create the conditions needed.
A New Approach to Culture Transformation
Culture transformation - a new perspective. We explore the new age of culture transformation and how the pandemic has impacted on the challenge and complexity of transforming organisational culture. Culture 5.0 - are we there yet?
Cultural Alignment - the Bedford College Group
Exploring societal purpose with the Bedford College Group, defining a clear purpose for the future that is compelling and engages and reflects the aspirations of the key stakeholder groups. Clive Wilson reflects on the project and its outputs.
What is Psychological Safety and why is it important?
Psychological safety is a term used in workplaces to ensure that individuals feel that they can speak up, as well as having the space and comfort to do so. Do your leaders promote psychological safety at work?
Hybrid Working - 7 Top tips for better teamworking
Hybrid Working is no longer a thing of the future. Its here now and the reality is starting to hit for many leaders and organisations. Do you need to upskill your leaders or teams to help them adapt? Check out our 7 Top tips for better hybrid teamworking.
Global Working - is it time for a re-set?
Successful cross-cultural teamworking requires the skills, mindset and knowledge to ensure teams can harness the opportunity for diverse and innovation thinking. Without due care and investment, global teams can often experience performance cycles. Is it time for a teamworking re-set?
Cross-cultural teams - critical success factors
Successful cross-cultural teamworking can have a direct impact on business growth; resulting in increased innovation, individual and team growth and greater personal and professional achievement. Are your teams struggling to engage successfully with each other?
Leading by Listening: How to improve your listening skills as a leader
They say great leaders are good listeners. What is the importance of listening in leadership, and how can you improve your active listening skills?
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.
Finding your purpose: what motivates a leader to succeed?
What motivates a leader and their team to succeed? We discuss the key to creating a high-performing team that is motivated not by money, but by something far more powerful: purpose.
How to consciously communicate as a leader
How can leaders lead more effectively in the VUCA world? The secret is to embed conscious communication strategies like non-violent communication into leadership style.
Myths and Tips for Virtual Working
Ever found yourself waving at the end of an online meeting? Simon Tarver explores the tips and myths he's noticed, picked up or busted, working and facilitating virtually. Remember, sometimes less is just more.
Communication Skills Successful Leaders Need
Control, information, motivation, emotional expression. The four objectives of leadership communication. To achieve them, you must develop the communication competencies required for leaders. Read our latest article to know more.
Russell Evans speaks to the Leaders Council
This week, Russell Evans was interviewed by Scott Challinor for the Leaders Council podcast, sharing his experience as a leader, facilitator and leadership coach. Read and listen to the episode in full.
When Conversations Get Tough
Tough conversations matter. The challenge is how to prepare for them and how to ensure you're in the right frame of mind to navigate towards a successful outcome. Russell Evans provides 7 top tips for turning tough conversations into positive opportunities.
How to Communicate as a Leader: Step 1
To learn how to communicate effectively as a leader, you must first learn about yourself. What are the tools and techniques used to do this?