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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, to review your story

review your story

Is this the time of year when you review your story? Perhaps you expected me to say appraise your performance, or review your goals? Under traditional performance management systems, end-of-year can be full of interpreting metrics. How can you present your performance this year in the most favourable light? But I wasn’t talking about ‘spin‘, rather a different kind of review. Over recent years, my leadership coaching practice & CPD has.. Read More

Audio interviews with Customer Insight Leaders: (6) Ryan den Rooijen

Continuing our series of audio interviews with customer insight leaders, this time it was Ryan den Rooijen. Ryan leads Dyson’s Global Data Services organisation, who work on transforming the company’s analytical capabilities. From manufacturing to marketing, their work spans the breadth of Dyson. Previously, Ryan spent four and a half years at Google, where he led the development of the global sales analyst curriculum. Most of his work involves the.. Read More

Lessons learnt by leaders, from experience, 3 reasons to read more widely

read more widely

As we continue our month focussed on lessons learnt by leaders, from experience, I’ve found 3 reasons to read more widely. Thanks for guest bloggers, Tony Boobier & Annette Franz who has already shared their lessons learnt. In addition to that, you’ve had opportunity to hear about the experience of Norma Dove-Edwin, Martin Squires and Jason Bartram in our audio interviews. More of them to come this year. Having already.. Read More

Poll interim results on which book helped you develop as a leader

results on which book helped

Many thanks to all off you, who participated in our latest poll. Here are the initial results on which book helped you develop as a leader. It has been fascinating (and a little sobering) to see so many visitor recommended books. Only 3 of the books I’ve previously reviewed for this blog, received any votes. In the shortlist below, those are “Leadership Pipeline“, “The Leaders Guide to Storytelling” and “7.. Read More

3 recommended podcasts to find your next favourite book

your next favourite book

Given the interest in our post on note taking when reading, I’ll now explore podcasts to help you find your next favourite book. During reviewing “7 Habits of highly effective people”, I recommended not overlooking classics. Leadership books that have stood the test of time. That advice still stands, but should not preclude also keeping a weather eye on new writers or books. To help you address contemporary issues, or just.. Read More

What really goes on, behind closed doors, with an executive coach?

behind closed doors

In this book review, my focus moves to the world of coaching and what goes on behind closed doors. The title, “Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Coaching Room“, is one that never fails to elicit a snigger from my wife. I admit it does sound a bit like a salacious expose into locker-room shenanigans. In reality, this is a very helpful book for coaches, whatever their level of experience.. Read More

Which book has helped you develop most, as a leader?

book has helped

Before continuing with more book reviews, it makes sense to hear which book has helped you develop most. As a site dedicated to customer insight leadership, we want to focus on those resources that help you. As you look back at your leadership career, which book has helped you develop most, as a leader?