Culture D&I

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Corporate Universities: different levels of maturity, scope and expectations

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Having run the leading Corporate University in Kazakhstan and now advising one of the top Corporate Universities in Russia, both of which were under the expectation of their stakeholders that they would be developed and ‘transformed’ into something better – without these stakeholders maybe knowing exactly what that might mean – I have done a lot of research and benchmarking …

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The Power of Silence

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I’ve been recently conducting some focus groups for my Russian clients. Finding out what I already know: that Russians in general are not a very mobile workforce, and in this case do not necessarily want to move from their larger city place of work to a much smaller location in Siberia. I’ve been doing this together with one of the …

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Mixed feelings about Teambuilding

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When I was head of the Corporate University in Kazakhstan, one of our ‘best sellers’ was Teambuilding. And my people were pretty damn good at it. Which I guess is the reason that we had so many companies as clients and return as clients. I have always had mixed feelings about teambuilding events though. And still have. In Kazakhstan I …

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Your individual leadership brand, and the brand of your team

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Recently with a new client in Russia I’ve found myself in executive coaching sessions talking about brand. And previously in Kazakhstan, we built the concept of brand into the new senior leadership development course we introduced. Brand is a concept I embraced many years ago when I had my first ‘remote’ global leadership team reporting to me. I wanted people …

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Some daily routines that help 21 Executives (and me) succeed

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I do not normally read lists in HR, management or leadership blogs. Which is ironic given that some of my blogs here appear to contain lists. However one caught my eye recently and I ended up reading it. It was ’21 executives share the daily routines that help them succeed’ by Christina Desmarais, and if I am honest, I started …

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Employee Engagement Survey Action Planning

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The HR Consulting group within my current organization has a range of expertise including carrying out online engagement surveys for all of the National Companies. When we report the results it is often to the CEO of the company and their top leadership teams. This year in my short introduction to these feedback sessions, I have been reminding them about …

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Transition (Temperature) Monitoring Team

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I was recently contacted by Susan Bridges, the widow of William Bridges, the guru of Transition (and Change) Management. I had corresponded with Bill who taught and certified me to use his material many years ago, and Susan, who is producing an anniversary updated version of his classic book ‘Managing Transitions’, was interested in my work with Transition (or as …

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Mentoring circles

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One of the things I do in this new country, is coach and mentor people to help transfer knowledge and grow skills. It is something I enjoy doing and would do even if it wasn’t expected of me. In fact I had started before I even knew it was expected. And given that there were so many people who wanted …

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Values, culture and result-oriented performance management

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Last week I ran a half-day interactive session for high-potentials at NIS, the Siberian National Oil Company in Belgrade, Serbia. They wanted to hear how corporate values can drive culture and result-oriented performance management. My case studies were three companies and corporate values introductions, with which I was myself involved. Shell Chemicals went ‘global’ in 1997-2003, when I was one …

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