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

The appearance of leadership

Scanning the news recently, an article about a Silicon Valley CEO dyeing her hair brown in order to be taken more seriously caught my eye. Perhaps it made such an impact because it came hot on the heels of another article in the Huffington Post reporting research which revealed that a disproportionate percentage of women […]

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Helen Green

I’m afraid to ask

What’s the leader/team member relationship like within your organisation? Are discussions free-flowing and open or are there some boundaries which it is hard to cross? If you feel a measure of constraint when discussing some topics then you’re not alone. A new survey from CV-Library has revealed that asking for a pay rise or change […]

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Helen Green

All it takes is one fragment

It can cause huge stress, drive cracks through seemingly solid foundations, and the ongoing damage it brings comes at a significant financial cost. Oh yes, and one small fragment can multiply and cause untold damage in a matter of days. In fact, when you think about it, the recently publicised warnings about the dangers of […]

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Helen Green

Building Economic Success

Gloomy…choking business investment… Sometimes it seems as though we talk ourselves out of success rather than trying to create it. Flicking through the reactions to the Bank of England’s latest decision on interest rates and the subsequent press conference it would be easy to infer that the economy is in poor shape. But just look […]

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Helen Green

Pay, Leadership and Diversity

When one of our colleagues was very young she believed that radio station DJs had to fit their normal jobs around the programs which they presented because simply talking between records couldn’t possibly be a paying job. Thanks to the BBC’s publication of pay rates for its highest earners we now know differently. But, naive […]

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Helen Green

Leadership lessons from Wimbledon

Writing this article at the beginning of the Wimbledon tennis championships almost seems a bit like tempting fate. Mention a player by name, and they are almost be certain to be knocked out in the first round; well before you read this article. But nevertheless sport has a lot to teach business and even an […]

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Helen Green

Who leads next?

We’ve said it before, and no doubt will say it again, leadership is a journey. It’s a journey that can never start too soon, and it’s one which never ends; no matter how long someone has been in a position of leadership. Organisations which understand the importance of the journey and which help their people […]

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Helen Green

Leading Unity

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” Publilius Syrus may have been writing over 2,000 years ago but his words have echoed across the generations. Quite simply, it is easy to lead when times are good; but true leadership is required when times become more uncertain. At the time of writing the […]

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Helen Green

Engaging Followers

The second half of May always seems to be a bittersweet time. Yes summer is truly on the way but for football and rugby union supporters there is one last brief flurry of activity before yet another season ticks over into completion. No wonder then that the supporters make the most of it, attending divisional […]

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Chris Nel

Leading Customer Excellence

Section 172 of the UK Companies Act promotes the importance of a director acting in a way which would be most likely to promote the success of the company. This includes having regard to a number of factors including “the need to foster the company’s business relationships with suppliers, customers and others” and “the desirability […]

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