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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Helen Green

The true value of teamwork

It scarcely seems a year ago when we were writing about lessons of courage and determination from the Toronto Invictus Games. Now a new games is taking place in Sydney Australia and once again the stories of challenges faced and hurdles overcome are truly inspiring. At the time of writing the event is half way […]

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Chris Nel

Enhancing mental resilience

October 10th 2018 marks World Mental Health Day. Promoted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the focus for this year is young people and mental health in a changing world. According to the WHO, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year-olds worldwide with half of all mental illnesses beginning by age […]

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Helen Green

Ambition is not leadership

“In the selection process, sometimes I worry that people are there for the wrong reasons.” As a new series of The Apprentice heads to our screens Lord Sugar admitted in a BBC interview that there was a chance that the show could attract people who are looking for TV fame rather than those with genuine […]

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Chris Nel

Getting the basics right

When we write about leadership we tend to draw out certain elements such as the importance of helping others to grow, building empowerment and initiative, and developing a strategy and vision for the future. But there are other elements of leadership which are equally important including promoting a focus on an attention to detail which […]

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