Welcome to Quest Leadership’s blog, where we regularly share news, views, insights and tips relating to the worlds of business consulting and leadership development.

 

Helen Green

30 years of the Leadership Challenge

On the surface, the Leadership Challenge is a book by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, first published in 1987 and now on its 2017 sixth edition. On another level, it’s a straightforward, practical model for leadership rooted in over three decades of ongoing research. It’s used by both established and up-and-coming leaders from all walks […]

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“Any little girl who’s practising their speech on the telly – you never know!” Olivia Colman, in a widely applauded Oscar acceptance speech, managed to inject a note of encouragement amidst the usual thank-you’s. Never giving up, working hard to achieve your dream is an important message, particularly in the days of reality show instant […]

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How do you spend your lunch hour? Or perhaps, given the results of a recent Glassdoor survey, I should be asking whether you have a lunch hour at all? 70% of those polled take less than an hour for lunch, with the average across the survey being just 31 minutes. And with 23% commenting that […]

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Do you enjoy what you do? More importantly, how do your people perceive their daily work? Are they happy and engaged, approaching their work in a positive frame of mind or is it more of a case of Mondayitis? Two recent surveys have revealed that for some at least, work is not as pleasant and […]

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Helen Green

Business confidence in the Brexit era

Business leaders’ confidence in the UK economy is at it’s lowest level in 18 months – findings from the latest Institute of Directors (IoD) survey on business confidence. This is unsurprising, given the uncertainty around Brexit, but it’s not all bad news. What was more pleasing, however, was the more positive way in which leaders viewed […]

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Chris Nel

New year, new you? Resolving to lead into 2019

There is something magical about the turn of the year. The clock ticks over from one second to the next in an endless procession through time; and yet that one tick at the end of the year seems to bring with it a unique chance to change, to be or to act differently in the […]

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57% of working days lost through illness in 2017/18 were due to workplace related stress. That’s the conclusion from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which has calculated that in that period 595,000 workers in the UK suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. That represents an increase of 69,000 on the previous year; a […]

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“Disability equals diversity, not disadvantage.” That’s currently the headline on the United Nations website which draws attention to The International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Now in its 26th year, this day on December 3rd is designed to both spread awareness of disability issues as well as to promote the benefits of including people with […]

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Originally conceived as a means of kick-starting spending in the USA after Thanksgiving; Black Friday now seems to encompass a week or more of shopping enticements. However, amidst warnings from consumer groups that some ‘bargains’ may not be all they seem, and with some retail analysts suggesting that heavy pre-Christmas discounting may not be in […]

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Whatever your take on the US mid-term elections, one success story is the record number of women both standing for and elected to the House of Representatives. At the time of writing the final results have still to be declared but already we know that when the new contingent take their seats they will include […]

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