How not to select an executive coach, why being organised matters, and CEO insights

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Welcome to the latest Madston Black eNews on executive coaching and leadership development. In this edition we talk about recent research on coach selection, we review a book on how to cope better with information overload, and we link to some leadership principles from Gary Smith of Ciena. The myths of coach selection While there […]

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What leaders should know about sponsorship, cultural DNA and mental toughness

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Welcome to the latest Madston Black e-news on executive coaching and leadership development. In this edition we talk about the value of sponsorship particularly with regard to women’s careers, we review a new book from Gurnek Bains of YSC and we link to some inspiring leadership principles from former Amgen CEO, Kevin Sharer. Additionally, we […]

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Talking points on leadership

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Welcome to the latest Madston Black Singapore newsletter. In this edition, we reference a recent interview with Greg Ellis, a CEO who contends that the main impediment to business growth is the lack of leadership and management competency. We look at an example of organisational excellence as described in a new book, Reinventing Organisations. We […]

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Leadership performance: tips and ideas from science

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Welcome to the latest Madston Black Singapore newsletter. In this edition, we look at the arrival of the evolutionary biologists to the business sphere and we revisit some of the themes from previous newsletters: the ripple effect of coaching and the application of neuroscience to leadership behaviour. We also link to the leadership ideas from […]

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Growing a culture of innovation in organisations

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In this edition we focus on the topic of innovation and how leaders foster a culture of innovation in organisations. Innovation: Does leadership make a difference? Most people would answer yes to the question and research shows that leadership does make a difference. But how do leaders make innovation an integral part of their organisation? […]

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Immunity to Change, Decision-making and Organisational Culture

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Welcome to the May 2013 edition of the Madston Black Singapore newsletter. In this edition we introduce our new programme offering, Immunity-to-Change facilitation and coaching, we look at how intuitive decision-making is not always as reliable as it seems and we see how CEOs are approaching the question of culture in their organisations. Immunity To […]

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Why you and your leaders need global mindsets

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Is your leadership team equipped to deal with global complexities? Welcome to the March newsletter of Madston Black Singapore. In this edition we offer three perspectives on how to better equip yourself or your organisation’s leaders with the ability to deal with the complexities of today’s business environment. Developing Global Leaders Madston Black Singapore is […]

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Need to collaborate, improve your leaders effectiveness or looking for a coach?

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Welcome to the first newsletter from Madston Black Singapore. The purpose of our email newsletter is to keep you posted on news in the field of leadership development and executive coaching as well as the activities of Madston Black Singapore. We’ll point you in the direction of interesting research and show how you can apply […]

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Executive Coaching – It’s time for consequence

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Too often, executive coaching focuses only on the upside of the performance equation and it is little wonder that some executive coaching descends into the world of cosy fireside chats, with coaching assignments lasting years, with no measurable outcomes. In this article Michael Hamer, argues that for executive coaching to be truly performance-based, the issue […]

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Cultural DNA: The Psychology of Globalisation

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This new book from Gurnek Bains claims that it will change the way you look at the world. We found the book to be an interesting and well-researched read that takes you on a wide-ranging journey through behavioural genetics and cultural evolution complemented by data from the extensive psychological testing undertaken by the author’s consultancy, […]

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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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Daniel Levitin is a professor of psychology and behavioural neuroscience and in this book he provides a valuable guide on how to cope better with information overload. The book is more than a ten-things-you-should-know list as it draws on his research on how the brain works. One point he does emphasise is that multi-tasking is […]

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Making it Real – learning through work to increase your effectiveness and your performance

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Finding time to devote to their own development is a problem facing many executives. Although recognising that ongoing development is essential for career success, some people still find it difficult to prioritise and structure development activities. In this paper, Louise Kovacs, outlines an approach to development that uses work as a personal learning environment, integrating […]

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Deloitte Breakfast Series: February 2014

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Beyond resilience: Developing organisations that benefit from volatility Thursday, 27 February 2014, 8.15am to 10.00am This topic was explored by reference to the ideas of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile. Here is the link to the slides and below are other relevant links. Taleb’s website, fooled by randomness where there […]

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Deloitte Breakfast Series: December 2013

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Leadership vs management: Are you developing leaders or just training managers? Wednesday, 2 December 2013, 8.15am to 10.00am The topic was considered using the leadership maturity framework. Here is the link to the slides and handout. Further reading: Keegan, R. (1994) In Over Our Heads, Harvard University Press. Torbert, B. & ors. (2004) Action Inquiry, […]

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Deloitte Breakfast Series: October 2013

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How HR can utilise insights from neuroscience Wednesday, 9 October 2013, 8.15am to 10.00am The session was led by Lyndsay Potts. Here is the link to his slides. Additional information: Video from David Rock on the SCARF model and how threats and rewards apply in the workplace here. See a previous blogpost on Kahneman’s, Thinking […]

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