Category Archive for: Insights


Knowing: Doing: Being

An evolving leadership development journey By Declan Noone   A recent article by Eric Garton in the Harvard Business Review ‘What if companies managed people as carefully as they manage money?’ kicked off a chain reaction in my thinking. To achieve what he proposes is not merely about putting the right processes in place, or…

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HARD data and SOFT skills development: Avoiding paralysis through over-analysis

By Declan Noone   HR Analytics is providing a wonderful array of data for businesses on their people from recruitment, to retention, and learning and development. This data can provide important insights to key decision makers and help shape the direction of our soft skills development. Certainly, the data provided can be incredibly useful in…

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Words create Worlds

Preparing a powerful and positive presentation   I am not talking about some preppy, overly hipped and false positivity infused series of slides. When preparing a powerful and positive presentation, you start with a conscious appreciation of the complex mix of pieces you want to carefully assemble for your presentation, starting with the challenge, the…

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A positive Leader: The hub of connectivity

Connectivity, one word which describes a key driver of our modern lives. The influence of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn is everywhere, how much time do people spend creating connections online, selling an image, a brand, a lifestyle? Our world is all about creating connections to gain social standing or to create opportunities. Ironically, we spend less…

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A key attribute of positive & mindful leaders By Declan Noone   “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself” The Wizard of Oz   When faced with a problem, as leaders we go to our toolbox to find an aid that will help us find a solution or…

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SWOT no more!

The positive evolution of a classic strategic planning tool. Introducing asset-based SCOC, which will drive your open, solution oriented mind-set for outstanding results. By Armin Forstner, Partner, Serrano 99 Management Consulting   During my time leading a publishing business, time and time again we used the SWOT analysis in our strategy meetings. A classic tool…

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Nudge it along!!

Embedding new practices in a team or organisation By Declan Noone, Partner at Serrano 99   Last year I hacked my own resolution failures and finally registered a success. Previously, I would have buried my resolution within a few weeks of starting. I was easily in the same category as the reported 80% of Americans…

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A positive leader is a pragmatic leader

3 reasons a positive leader is the most pragmatic person in the room By Declan Noone, Partner at Serrano 99   ‘Happiology’, that’s what crosses the majority of people’s minds when they hear the terms: positive psychology, positive leadership, and mindfulness. In fact, when I first started to study positive leadership I still readily recall…

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Minute by minute

Getting into the habit of mindfulness Mindfulness is the new buzzword for the 21st century manager, alongside positivity and employee wellbeing. It has become a popular topic in corridor discussions as well as board rooms. It is mainstream now, and not just a strange airy-fairy thing that monks do. For most of us, busy executives,…

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Die perfekte Welle – Flowrider

Create the perfect conditions for flow I can’t get this German song out of my head while writing this.  “Perfekte Welle” (Perfect wave), was the name of the first single of German pop/rock group Juli. Released in 2004, it peaked at number two in the German and Austrian single charts. Singer Eva Briegel describes how…

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