Leadership Development

Leadership Development versus Leadership Training – Is there a difference?

December 2, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

When I introduce myself to people as a Leadership Development specialist one of the more common responses revolves around leadership training – “So you run leadership training?”, “What type of leadership training do you specialize in?”, “I really value leadership training” etc. Is there really a difference between leadership training and leadership development? You bet […]


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Leadership Bite Size – Be Positive

November 29, 2011 Simon Leadership Bite Size

Starting today I am introducing a new feature category to this site – Leadership Bite Size. This will be a series of tips and techniques for becoming an effective leader and will enable me to share with you small yet powerful ideas on a regular basis. The first of these tips is to be positive. […]


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Leading With the Brain in Mind

November 25, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

In October I wrote an article introducing the SCARF model that has been developed by Dr David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute. Today, I’d like to take the concept further by exploring some of the key activities that might provide a threat stimulus and therefore, an away reaction versus those that provide a reward stimulus […]


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Do Cultural Boundaries Exist?

November 14, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

Anyone who works for a global organization will be familiar with the issue of working across cultural boundaries but my provocative question is; do they really exist? And moreover, to what extent do these boundaries need to be addressed in order for global organizations thrive? Of course every country and in many cases, regions within […]


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How should we measure leadership potential?

November 6, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

In talent management circles, the received wisdom is that leadership potential is best measured by assessing learning agility – often described as an individual’s ability to learn, adapt and change. I believe this makes a certain amount of sense as people who have these three attributes would be able to learn the skills required to […]


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Leadership – It’s a marathon not a sprint

October 30, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

One of the toughest balancing acts facing leaders at all levels is the need to deliver short-term results versus the leadership activities that will help sustain and increase those results over the longer term. For example: – How often do you have to put managing vision and purpose to one side while you focus on […]


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High Trust Leadership

October 22, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

One of the age old questions that continues to drive many people to distraction is “What is the difference between management and leadership?” There are of course a plethora of answers to this question that have kept academics, trainers and writers going in perpetuity. For me, one of the key differences between the two is […]


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ASTD International Conference and Exposition 2012

October 16, 2011 Simon Miscellaneous

Save the Date! This year’s ASTD (American Society of Training & Development) International Conference and Exposition is being held in one of my favorite cities in the world – Denver, Colorado. The dates are 6-9 May, maybe a little late for combining it with some skiing but who knows? I’m not planning on presenting at […]


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SCARF – a new model of human motivation

October 14, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

It is a testament to the work of Abraham Maslow that his model of human motivation has endured for the best part of 70 years.  While leaders around the world have learnt about Maslow’s Hierarchy at business school throughout the modern age, few would have found it particularly useful in helping to motivate their staff. […]


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How Should We Measure Leadership Performance?

October 10, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

The issue of how we should measure leadership performance is an interesting one. Historically, most leaders would have been judged purely on the results they deliver, that is, delivery against their goals, objectives and targets. But is this enough? You only have to take a look through a selection of posts on my leadership blogroll […]


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