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“Leadership principles are rarely authoritarian or hierarchical” – Interview with Stephen Bennett

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“Leadership principles are rarely authoritarian or hierarchical” – Interview with Stephen Bennett

An interview with IDG's Chairman in HR Future magazine as part of their "Global Masterclass" series.

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The 5 Key Elements of Workplace Wellness

7 mins

blog, management-skills

The 5 Key Elements of Workplace Wellness

What do you picture when you think of the individual words in turn? Where is the ‘workplace’ going to be for many… and what do we mean by ‘wellness’ – or it’s alter ego ‘wellbeing’? And will it be different again before too long? Let’s consider it for a moment.

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The New Leaders: why greater trust means leaders must change their mindset

3 mins

blog, leadership-development

The New Leaders: why greater trust means leaders must change their mindset

Post-panedemic, trust is more important now - and prevalent - than ever. And that means leaders must re-evaluate their skillset...

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The Heart of Performance: Why Relationships Are Key to Leading in a Crisis

5 mins

blog, covid-19-crisis, leadership-development

The Heart of Performance: Why Relationships Are Key to Leading in a Crisis

Some may view the subject as toughy-feely or just a HR term, but Relationships are crucial to effectiveness and performance - and particualrly now in our post-pandemic world.

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How to Manage a Remote Team Effectively

3 mins

blog, covid-19-crisis, management-skills

How to Manage a Remote Team Effectively

As the corronavirus crisis deepens, more employees are being asked to work from home. This blog talks of how can leaders manage these new remote teams effectively

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Five Tips to Improve Resilience in Business

3 mins

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Five Tips to Improve Resilience in Business

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Leadership Accountability: article by Mongezi Makhalima, Leading Global Coach

5 mins

blog, leadership-development

Leadership Accountability: article by Mongezi Makhalima, Leading Global Coach

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IDG Chairman Stephen Bennett interviewed by Silicon India magazine

6 mins

blog, leadership-development

IDG Chairman Stephen Bennett interviewed by Silicon India magazine

siliconindia publishes stories of burgeoning entrepreneurs, outstanding technologists, and accomplished CXOs, along with business analysis, leading technology trends, and opinions. They recently interviewed our chairman, Stephen Bennett...

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Innovation, Inclusivity and Supportive Leadership: How to Save the Construction Industry in South Africa

4 mins

blog, diversity-inclusion, leadership-development

Innovation, Inclusivity and Supportive Leadership: How to Save the Construction Industry in South Africa

In a special guest blog, Gavin Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Grinaker LTA, discusses the positive changes that can be made to reinvigorate the construction industry in South Africa...

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Applying the Mission Command “Serve to Lead” Leadership Model for South Africa’s Public Servant Leaders

6 mins

blog, leadership-development

Applying the Mission Command “Serve to Lead” Leadership Model for South Africa’s Public Servant Leaders

Joanne Walsh, Managing Director, IDG South Africa interviews Richard Westley OBE MC, Director International – Inspirational Development Group about why Mission Command is so relevant in South Africa right now...

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Art, Music, Storytelling and Humour: Tips on How to Make Learning Easier

4 mins

blog, management-skills

Art, Music, Storytelling and Humour: Tips on How to Make Learning Easier

In this age of multi-faceted mediums innumerable touchpoints, what's the best way to digest and retain new information? How do we prepare ourselves to learn?

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Mental Health Awareness: Can Lessons from Elite Sport Be Used to Improve Business Performance?

5 mins

blog, management-skills, mental-health-and-wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness: Can Lessons from Elite Sport Be Used to Improve Business Performance?

In professional sport, mental health is starting to be taken very seriously. In this blog, John Steele, Chair of the English Institute for Sport, talks about...

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IDG wins prestigous award at the Golden Globe Tigers Award for Excellence Ceremony

2 mins

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IDG wins prestigous award at the Golden Globe Tigers Award for Excellence Ceremony

Delighted to announce we have another award! The “Best in Training & Organizational Development” award at the 2019 Golden Globe Tigers. Here is the full press release.

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IDG Opens UAE Office to Serve Leadership Development in the GCC Region

2 mins

news

IDG Opens UAE Office to Serve Leadership Development in the GCC Region

Leadership and management performance consultancy the Inspirational Development Group (IDG) today announced the opening of its latest office. Located at One JLT in downtown Dubai, it is...

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A Prescription for Behavioural Change in the South African Pharmaceutical Industry

11 mins

blog, management-skills

A Prescription for Behavioural Change in the South African Pharmaceutical Industry

A detailed review, photographs and presentations from the recent conference organised by IDG - South Africa

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Leading in Volatile Times: 3 Skills Leaders Should Develop

3 mins

blog, leadership-development

Leading in Volatile Times: 3 Skills Leaders Should Develop

We live in an era of unpredictability that some are referring to as a 'VUCA' world. But what skills should a leader develop in order to navigate these treacherous waters?

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Resilience Essentials for Leaders and Pioneers to Grow and Prosper on the African Continent

3 mins

blog, leadership-commentary

Resilience Essentials for Leaders and Pioneers to Grow and Prosper on the African Continent

The second part of IDG-SA MD Joanne Walsh's interview with Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi, Founder and Chairman Juli PLC and former Minister of Health in Nigeria, on the health of the Pharmaceutical industry in Africa

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Leadership and Governance Priorities for the Pharmaceuticals Industry on the African Continent

3 mins

blog, leadership-commentary

Leadership and Governance Priorities for the Pharmaceuticals Industry on the African Continent

IDG-SA MD Joanne Walsh interviews Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi, Founder and Chairman Juli PLC and former Minister of Health in Nigeria, on the health of the Pharmaceutical industry in Africa

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Former IDG director  Bob Jones honoured at Training Journal Award Ceremony

2 mins

blog, news

Former IDG director Bob Jones honoured at Training Journal Award Ceremony

Industry awards recognise Bob as an “outstanding individual in the field of people development” and his “inspiring work in the area of leadership and followership”

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Leadership lessons learned climbing K2: “Getting there requires resilience; getting back requires much more…”

3 mins

blog, leadership-development

Leadership lessons learned climbing K2: “Getting there requires resilience; getting back requires much more…”

Just as you experience the euphoria of accomplishing a “bold audacious” goal in your organisation, getting back to “business as usual” presents its’ own challenges....

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Jake’s K2 Blog #25: Back to reality

4 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #25: Back to reality

I’ve now been back in the UK for 1 week. Seven days to recover, reconnect, and reflect on the events of the last two months...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #24: On top of the world!!

18 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #24: On top of the world!!

This is a blog post I’ve been wanting to write for 10 years. I’m not sure that words will every do justice to the incredible experience that I had...

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Jake’s K2 blog #23: A miserable day of climbing… but with good omens

4 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 blog #23: A miserable day of climbing… but with good omens

We were always going to be starting somewhat at a disadvantage, as we were around 80m below normal C2, and we’d have to climb House’s Chimney to get there...

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Jake’s K2 blog #22: The summit attempt continues…

2 mins

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Jake’s K2 blog #22: The summit attempt continues…

We certainly weren’t in too much of a rush to leave C1 on Tuesday morning. The night had been okay, but ...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #21: The real adventure begins!

6 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #21: The real adventure begins!

We’d had a good amount of information that the weather was looking good for this week, and potentially with a summit day on Friday 20th...

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Jake’s K2 blog #20: Waiting at 7350m for weather to clear, a summit attempt is imminent…

1 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 blog #20: Waiting at 7350m for weather to clear, a summit attempt is imminent…

Despite being 7350m up K2, Jake has managed to send back a short blog about the imminent summit attempt...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #19: Remembering the dead, and getting ready to go ‘up the hill’

10 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #19: Remembering the dead, and getting ready to go ‘up the hill’

Since we got down from Broad Peak, we’ve had a few days in basecamp to rest. After any rotation up the mountain...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #18: Missing Climber on Broad Peak

8 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #18: Missing Climber on Broad Peak

Please note that I am going to keep this note short and generic, and is certainly not meant to be an official report on this incident...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #17: A Death on the Mountain

3 mins

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Jake’s K2 Blog #17: A Death on the Mountain

Some of you might have seen that on Saturday the 7th July, K2 claimed its 84th victim, Canadian climber Serge Dessureault...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #16: Jake attempts to summit Broad Peak

-29 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #16: Jake attempts to summit Broad Peak

As you’ll know, a few days ago I applied for and got (at not insignificant expense) a permit to climb on Broad Peak...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #15: Welcome to the leisuredome

2 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #15: Welcome to the leisuredome

We’ve been ‘resting’ in basecamp for 2 days now, mainly because there has been two days of pretty shoddy weather...

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Jake’s Blog #14: The acclimatisation begins

9 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s Blog #14: The acclimatisation begins

For anyone looking at the tracker on the website today, you may have wondered why...

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Jake’s Blog #13: The Puja Ceremony

3 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s Blog #13: The Puja Ceremony

Another good day in basecamp, with plenty to keep us busy. We had a perfect view of ...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #12: C3 or not C3?

4 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #12: C3 or not C3?

Having hardly been able to see our hands in front of our faces for the past 4 days, imagine our surprise...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #11: Arrival at basecamp

7 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #11: Arrival at basecamp

Apologies for the lack of comms over the past few days - we’ve had constant snowfall...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #10: The throne room of the Gods

2 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #10: The throne room of the Gods

Another day trekking up the glacier, very similar terrain to yesterday, however today’s destination is rather special...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #9: The Invisible Enemy

3 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #9: The Invisible Enemy

This morning started on a downward note, as one of the trekking team decided that he wanted to head back down...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #8: The mule train to Urdukas

2 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #8: The mule train to Urdukas

A very short trek today, only about 6km and a net gain of 350m although with a fair amount of up and down....

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Jake’s K2 Blog #7: The most amazing and inspirational trek in the world

4 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #7: The most amazing and inspirational trek in the world

As an inherently lazy individual, I would never complain about having a rest day on an expedition, but....

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Jake’s K2 Blog #6: life, death and gratuitous nudity

7 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #6: life, death and gratuitous nudity

It’s hard to believe that I left the UK only a week ago. Family and home feel a million miles and a lifetime ago...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #5: The long trek to Base Camp begins

5 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #5: The long trek to Base Camp begins

Jola camp is the first camp site on the trek up to K2 basecamp. It’s also the first main camp site in the Central Karakoram National Park...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #4: The road to Askole

4 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #4: The road to Askole

Whilst we didn’t doubt the ability of our liaison officer, there was still a certain amount of trepidation this morning as we woke...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #3: preparation, packing and prophylactics!

7 mins

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #3: preparation, packing and prophylactics!

A busy day today in Skardu - sorting kit and prepping loads for porters. Everything that we’re taking on the expedition has to be collated...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #2: The Meyer has landed!

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #2: The Meyer has landed!

As I type this I’m sitting in the shade on the grassy terrace of the Concordia Motel in Skardu. It is quiet and tranquil; birds chirp in the Cyprus and poplar trees...

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Jake’s K2 Blog #1: Here I Go Again!

blog, k22018

Jake’s K2 Blog #1: Here I Go Again!

“I’m a little bit sad about leaving that hill, it’s been 6 or 7 weeks here at basecamp, and I’m going to miss it. Whether or not I’m going to see it again in it’s glory, I don’t know, but we’ll see. In’Shallah”

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The Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Programme

case-studies

The Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Programme

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One-Day Graduate Induction Programme

case-studies

One-Day Graduate Induction Programme

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Australian Cricket Ball-Tampering: A Failure of Leadership AND Followership

3 mins

blog, leadership-commentary

Australian Cricket Ball-Tampering: A Failure of Leadership AND Followership

Whilst the leaders involved in the Australia cricket team's ball-tampering scandal have been rightly punished, the culture of the team must also be investigated...

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How to Drive a Culture of Commercial Excellence: Seven Tools for Effective Leaders

3 mins

blog, commercial-excellence

How to Drive a Culture of Commercial Excellence: Seven Tools for Effective Leaders

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Learning from Failure: Five Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Arnhem

4 mins

blog, leadership-commentary

Learning from Failure: Five Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Arnhem

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The 5 Key Skills of Influential Leaders Within Every Organisation

4 mins

blog, leadership-development

The 5 Key Skills of Influential Leaders Within Every Organisation

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Jake’s Blog #32: Queuing for the Black Pyramid

6 mins

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Jake’s Blog #32: Queuing for the Black Pyramid

Day 32: C2 to C3, 7,300m As I'd already spent 2 nights on a previous rotation at C2 (6700m), the night wasn't too bad. I was a bit restless, but any headache was minimal, and certainly didn't keep me awake. I awoke feeling refreshed and raring to go, and looking forward to climbing higher on the 'Black Pyramid'.

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Inspirational Motivation: What Leicester City and Claudio Ranieri Can Teach Us About Leadership

3 mins

blog, leadership-commentary

Inspirational Motivation: What Leicester City and Claudio Ranieri Can Teach Us About Leadership

We often hear tales of a dynamic leader going into an organisation and changing everything to achieve success, says IDG's MD, Craig Preston. But what happens when, as is much more often the case, the leader has to work with what is already there? Well, in Claudio Ranieri and Leicester City’s case, they win the Premier League....

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Building a Leader’s Skill Set: Why Technical Skills Alone Are Not Enough

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Building a Leader’s Skill Set: Why Technical Skills Alone Are Not Enough

The skills that a leader requires can be quite different from the skills that first got them into a leadership position in the first place. Softer skills, not technical, come more to the fore. So why do organisations rarely promote based on excellence in those skills, says IDG's Ben Epps.

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Under Pressure: 8 Ways Leaders Use Stress to Get Better Results

4 mins

blog, leadership-development

Under Pressure: 8 Ways Leaders Use Stress to Get Better Results

It is a myth that leaders are naturally pre-disposed to deal with stress better than us mere mortals. Instead, they find ways of dealing with stress that are to their advantage. Matthew Moore, IDG's Online Manager, looks at eight of the most common tools used.

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Leadership: Doing the right thing!

3 mins

blog, leadership-commentary

Leadership: Doing the right thing!

Leaders have to make many tough decisions but choosing to do what is "right" when it might have a detrimental effect on the business is the toughest of all, says Craig Preston, IDG's Managing Director

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