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Looking the Part

A question we get asked a lot is if leaders are born or made. Apparently this is a discussion that has been undertaken since the time of Plato so clearly there is yet to be a definitive answer. So which side of the debate do we land? There is no doubt that there is substantive research which shows that there are certain subconscious biases that exist. Appearance for example plays a part –...

The Blame Game

Blame is an interesting concept and often confused with accountability. We find leaders conceptually accepting that mistakes are a learning opportunity but in the work environment they are keen to find out who made the mistake, whose fault it was and determining what the consequences should be for the team or individual. It is easy to apportion blame. In fact we often come across corporate...

Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink

One of the founding fathers of “nudge” theory has been awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for economics. Richard Thaler co-wrote a bestselling book on the nudge concept extolling the notion that people can be influenced by prompts to alter their behaviour. The Nobel committee said the 72-year-old has provided a “more realistic analysis of how people think and behave when making economic...