The Role of Communication in Change

We all know that communication plays a vital role in effecting change. But why is this? Research undertaken in the USA (Wilson & Gilbert 2005) provides some insight. People are generally competent at telling whether a future event will be pleasant or unpleasant. But how accurate are we in predicting how happy or unhappy we might be? The research sought to establish how good we are in predicting the intensity of our emotional response to future events. For example, we may look forward to going

Guess which of his products Steve Jobs was most proud?

Guess which of his products Steve Jobs was most proud?

In the final days of Steve Jobs’ life, his biographer, Walter Isaacson seemingly visited him and asked what product he was most proud of. ‘Was it the early Mac?’ enquired Isaacson, ‘or perhaps the iPod, iPad or iPhone?’ If you don’t already know then Jobs’ reply may surprise you. He said that he was ‘most proud of his team – The Apple Team – that had created award-winning products time and again.’ If Jobs was most proud of his team, what was his secret? How

How to be an Effective Leader

How to be an Effective Leader

In our work we often meet people who don’t view themselves as leaders and yet they are, having perhaps unknowingly transitioned into a leadership role. People often have little choice as to whether or not they become a leader, the decision being largely out of their hands. Who makes the decision? Other people – colleagues, staff, clients and those who are affected in some why by what the leader says and does. Most senior people in an organisation will be expected to act as a

Russell and Thomas discuss a Growth Mindset in the context of the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme

Russell and Thomas discuss a Growth Mindset in the context of the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme

    In this short video we talk about the importance of adopting a Growth Mindset and explain how the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme can promote innovative thinking and accelerate the career growth of CAs and high performing leaders. You can find out more about the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme exclusively for C-Suite, Executives and CA Leaders or you can register your interest for the next cohort, using the following link. Why your career plans need executive coaching.  

Taking the Step up to Partner

Nothing beats learning from those who have succeeded…. and in order to obtain an industry-wide perspective we have interviewed over fifty Partners and other senior individuals within the accounting, actuarial, consulting and legal sectors, a number of whom we have worked with as coaches. One of the questions posed was “what advice would you give to those seeking to become a Partner over the next couple of years”. The following is a summary of the most common ‘tips’: 1. Understand the role and the sacrifices

ICAS Conference 2017

ICAS Conference 2017

As a Partner of Leading Figures we are proud to endorse the 2017 ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) Conference with details as follows: ICAS Conference Expect the Unexpected – How to Lead in a Changing World 20 September 2017 EICC, Edinburgh With the only thing certain in business today being uncertainty, learn how to lead in an ever-changing world at the ICAS Conference. Taking place on 20th September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, the conference will be beneficial for all

Developing Awareness, a foundation for Personal Development

In working with our clients we encourage them to consider the three key foundations of personal development – Attitude, Awareness and Action (which we call the Triple A Model). To maximise development one needs to focus on all three components and how they interlink. In this short article we focus on developing Awareness, by which we mean awareness of one’s needs, thinking patterns and behaviours. Issues that are often raised in our conversations with clients include: -What are my motivators and what do I want

Developing a Behavioural Edge in the Information Age

Developing a Behavioural Edge in the Information Age

Knowledge is no longer power, because knowledge is everywhere – or at least knowledge is accessible everywhere. We live in a world where information is at our fingertips. All we need do is Google a question on our gizmos to find the answer. Or perhaps YouTube it to see how we should do it. Or join an online community at arm’s length to air, share and gather the information we need. The problem is that the opportunity cost of spending more time online means that

Afraid that you might be a fraud?

Afraid that you might be a fraud?

Imagine one of these scenarios: you’ve recently returned to work after a career break and feel a little unsure about yourself or; you’ve recently been promoted to the lofty heights of an executive position and you’re trying to find your feet or; much to your surprise, you’ve secured a senior role in an entirely new organisation and you have the feeling that people are doubting your capability. In truth you feel like a fraud. Three different scenarios that, in our experience, can all be associated