Category Archive for: Positive Leadership


Military style strategic decision making for positive leaders

By Declan Noone   Over 20 years of serving as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces has thought me the importance of developing a deliberate strategic decision making process. Of course, the time available dictates the extent of your analysis before you decide and execute the plan. In the military, they teach us a…

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Investing in positivity pays the highest dividend

We speak to Pablo Diaz Megias, Country Head for UBS Spain, about his own leadership journey and his experience of introducing the concepts of positive psychology, behavioural science and mindfulness in his organisation. He provides insights into what he has found rewarding and effective, and what has proved challenging. He is a strong advocate of…

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Real diversity is about bringing together people with different world views

By Santiago Iniguez, President IE University   “We can’t innovate without being diverse and inclusive”,[i] explained Denise Young Smith, Apple’s Worldwide Human Resources president, when the company announced it was to invest $50 million in not-for-profit organizations that promote the integration of women, minorities and older people into the technology sector. The news came out…

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Diversity: don’t play the game, change the game

By Suki Sandhu, CEO & Founder, OUTstanding   You hear the word everywhere. But what does it mean? And why are we all talking about it? Let’s look at a few facts: 14% of the working age population is from a BAME background, yet only 8% of all directors are BAME.1 Women represent 50% of…

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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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The creator of positive value

We speak with pioneer in the corporate application of positive psychology and mindfulness, Dr Juan Humberto Young, Academic Director and Professor at the Executive Master of Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University, Madrid, and author of Mindfulness Based Strategic Awareness Training about his definition of positive leadership and his Mindfulness training protocol.   Interview…

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From average to outstanding

Using positive psychology to reach your maximum potential   When I first inherited the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) division at Microsoft, it was an average ’so-so’ team in terms of its performance ratings. We overhauled our approach using a combination of strengths-based leadership and positive psychology, and within just a few short years we…

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