Evolve & empower – from leading followers to creating context for co-producers

By Declan Noone   Facing into 2018, what can you do as a leader to help you and others achieve their potential in the coming 12 months. There are always opportunities to evolve, to take a step forward in enabling you to achieve your personal and team goals, as well as, enabling others to achieve…

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Change starts with yourself

Interview by Armin Forstner   We met Verónica Pascual Boé, CEO of ASTI, one of the fastest growing automated vehicle companies in Europe, to speak about her personal leadership journey and how being a positive and mindful leader in the age of Industry 4.0 not only transformed herself and her company, but will also transform…

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Designing mindful workplaces of the future

By Armin Forstner and interview with Hannah Carter Owers     This September, Universal Design Studio unveiled its first public architectural pavilion for the London Design Festival. This standalone project was designed in collaboration with London-based co-working company, The Office Group (TOG). The concept for On Repeat was born from the ability of visual pattern…

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Building foundations for flourishing teams

By Sarah Siddique and Declan Noone   Leadership succession is always a challenge. While your performance and ability have enabled you to progress to the next level in your organisation, a new role brings new challenges. You leave behind: your old responsibilities, assuming new ones; your own team, which you have developed and fostered, assuming…

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Positive & Mindful Leadership – Uncovered

By Declan Noone & Armin Forstner Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). That’s the reality of the world we are living in today. Yet, despite all that, there are a growing number of individuals, teams and organisations that thrive and flourish. How do they do it? The external conditions seem to be the same and yet…

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PERMA and its workplace application

By Declan Noone     A leader, as Parker Palmer states, can ‘either shine a light or cast a shadow’. Appreciating that you, both as an individual and as a leader have a direct effect on your immediate environment (personal context), as well as on your surrounding work environment (working context), is an important stage…

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Knowing vs not knowing – the battle of the mind-sets

By Declan Noone   We are all guilty of it. We all do it. Sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously. However, are we aware of the impact it has in the workplace?   How often have you sat in a meeting and said to yourself I know the answer to this issue, and then decided to air…

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Hit the ground running

The need for developing new on-boarding strategies for Millennial Leaders. By Armin Forstner   More and more organisations are hiring and promoting Millennials (Generation Y), those born after 1980, into leadership positions. This generation has a whole new set of expectations both from their leaders and for themselves as leaders. Leadership requirements have evolved from:…

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Mentoring – Giving and receiving know-how in a positive organisation

By Declan Noone   I recently attended an event where I met many former colleagues from my time as a military officer. Over the course of conversing and reconnecting with them I began to realise the impact some of them had on my professional development as a leader. These individuals had in fact been mentors…

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Body & Mind – How your body impacts your mental performance

By Declan Noone   Recently, I realised that I have been taking something for granted that affects my and all our minds: my body. As a military officer, I have been very fortunate over the course of my professional career to have been subjected to testing conditions in training scenarios and operational environments which continuously…

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