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New Year, New Challenge

New Year, New Challenge. It’s A State Of Mind… Do You Have It? The post-Christmas period can leave many of us feeling down. Back to work blues, an empty social calendar, festive weight gain, miserable weather and a dwindling bank balance can all contribute to a general feeling of melancholy. The sense of having to…
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Build a Successful and Effective Team with High Performance Development

1. Define and Create Interdependence. There is a need to define and structure team members’ roles. Think of sports teams, everyone has their position to play, and success happens when all of the players are playing their roles effectively. In the 4x100m relay sprint, success depends on all participants doing their bit to ensure team success. Equally, the ultimate…
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Core components that define a good leader and positive leadership

Many of you who read this article will be aware of the fact that some of the most successful people in history have at some point in their lives been regarded as failures. It is well known for example that Vincent van Gogh was considered a very average painter and only sold one of his…
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Managers are looking to build teams, enhance professional training & develop new leaders

Managers are looking to build teams, enhance professional training and develop new leaders in the coming year. Are you ready to be an employee in today’s workplace? CEOs are currently concerned about responding to changes in today’s work environment – more millennial workers, digital technology and rapid changes in the economy and business, according to the…
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Effective Leadership

One way of creating an effective Leadership Style that motivates your team: I came across this article today in a blog by Bernard Marr, bestselling author and business advisory expert. It exemplifies one behavioural characteristic displayed by good leaders that creates Intrinsic Motivation and makes a team more effective. We, at HPD, agree wholeheartedly with…
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Why soft skills and emotional intelligence are crucial to the development of teams and leaders

Having just run a highly successful Graduate Development Programme for 230 BT Graduates, we are well placed to equip graduates with the skills needed for the transition from student life to the corporate world. We understand the importance of developing fundamental leadership, teamwork and inter-personal skills, based around a shared culture, values and ethos. We…
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Are leaders born or made?

Well, leaders are born, but they are not leaders until properly trained and experienced. You can be born with the traits of a leader but the right encouragement is a must for developing leadership skills. While developing leadership skills at an early stage has its advantages, it’s never too late to start if you haven’t yet…
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Is an inability to delegate holding you back?

Recently we were chatting to a talent manager and he was describing how a very likeable manager had been overlooked for promotion. This was because of his inability to delegate effectively. The point was proved to him when he witnessed said manager loading a large amount of equipment into the back of the hire car,…
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Action Logic

Most developmental psychologists agree that what differentiates leaders is not so much their personality, or their style of management, but rather their internal worldview or ‘Action Logic’. This how they construct reality and respond to emerging situations, particularly when their power or safety is challenged. Each of us is informed by a dominant Action Logic…
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Developing Leaders Who Are Self-Aware

The need for leaders to be self-aware is perhaps self evident. At the most basic level, understanding their weaknesses and strengths enables leaders the best chance of leveraging their own abilities. At a more sophisticated level, understanding the habitual patterns of perception and interpretation they use can enable leaders to be alert to the prejudices and biases which can…
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