June 2015 - Strengths Partnership

How do you see your organisation – like a system or a machine?

29 Jun 2015

All theories of organisational development and management are based on metaphors and implicit images that shape how we see, understand and imagine organisational life. Metaphors actually have a crucial role not only in the way we define our reality but also in how we act on it. Linguist George Lakoff and philosopher Mark Johnson say that we draw inferences, set goals, make commitments and execute plans, all on the basis oh how we structure our experience. However, metaphors also limit our understanding by creating ways of not seeing organisations

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Principles for designing an engaging workplace

15 Jun 2015

Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being. And it is seen today as somewhat of a ‘holy grail’ when it comes to managing people

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Why traditional leadership 360 programmes fail

01 Jun 2015

Leadership 360-degree surveys (where the leader gets feedback on their effectiveness from a range of different co-workers and stakeholders) are increasingly popular tools used by organisations to help leaders build self-awareness and improve their performance. In theory, they should be an excellent way to develop leaders as they provide opportunity to build self-awareness, overcome ‘blind [&hellip

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