Why Projects Fail Why do some projects flourish and others flounder? Here, we take stock and explore the factors that can help us avoid project failure in the future. Mark Oliver A business lives and dies on the strength of its people. This research investigates the importance of people-related factors within the wider body of [...]
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Building the Foundation for Trust In business and in life, relationships define our progression, our success, and even our happiness. As coaches, we have a responsibility to open the channels to better communication. Kevin McAlpin & Dawn Wilkinson The saying 'Relationships are the container everything else fits into' certainly applies to a coach [...]
Taming Organisational Politics Organisational politics are undoubtedly a negative force to contend with. However, with the right approach, the beast within can actually be energy for positive change. Kevin McAlpin & John Van Maurik It’s little talked about but present in the majority of organisations. In dealing with it, no one should [...]
The Mechanics of Derailment Coming off the tracks — why promising executives fail. Kevin McAlpin It's something of a mystery to businesses why they promote seemingly infallible go-getters into senior roles and sooner rather than later, they flounder and fail to live up to their potential. So, just why is it people [...]
Resilience — The Fourth Measure of Success IQ (Intelligence Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient) and SQ (Spiritual Quotient) could be missing the trick argues Kevin McAlpin. Michael Millar The war for talent is eternal, but are those trying to recruit the high-fliers of tomorrow actually fighting it on the right front? A new [...]
Protecting your Emerging Talent The need for developing solid talent management programmes has intensified. Delay and you run the risk of losing out. Get it wrong and it can be equally damaging. Kevin McAlpin If you’re losing sleep over just how your company will find the people who will ensure the future [...]
The Mirror Test Before leading by example, it’s always helpful to take a look at yourself first. Kevin McAlpin New research from a study of 360 degree feedback from 13,400 people shows that managers are missing a few tricks. The report, by workplace research specialists Shine, showed that they don’t understand the [...]
Finding Unity in Adversity When you’ve had to make cuts and streamline processes to the bone, there’s one competitive advantage that must flourish — your staff. Kevin McAlpin ‘Streamlining’, ‘synergising’ and ‘rationalising’ have all become common ways of companies describing a battening down of the hatches and/or cuts galore across industry. But [...]
The Power of Resilience Resilience is key in critical moments. Being able to access your skills when you need them most makes the difference between surviving and thriving. Kevin McAlpin Great Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians honed day-to-day resilience over four years to hit top spots in 2012, and continued straight after to [...]
The Stressed-out Business Leaders always face uncertainty. Now more than ever, changes in the economic climate mean maintaining a stable mindset just became an even more valuable commodity. Kevin McAlpin Stress is a common phenomenon in the wake of the financial crisis of 2009; but for executives, managing this pressure means not just dealing [...]