Fiona Gifford is Director of The Performance Collective and founder of Human Spaces™ “Human Spaces are organisations designed to be fit to deliver the organisation’s purpose through the realisation of human potential and talent.”

End Homelessness in Scotland in Five Years? Why not?

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We are delighted support the ambitious purpose of Social Bite to eradicate homelessness in Scotland in 5 years. On 9th December we will be sleeping out in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh with 9000 other supporters. The aim is to raise £4M in total and we have set ourselves a target contribution of £5000.

If you would like to help us please visit our fundraising page.

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Three Brain-Friendly Approaches to Feedback

“Can I give you some feedback?”

What’s your reaction to hearing that question? It probably depends on who the person is and the circumstances, but most people will say they feel nervous, anxious or a sense of dread. This happens because our brains are hardwired to keep us safe and any perceived threat activates our “fight/flight” response.

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When Leadership Matters Most

haemoneticsWhen great leaders hit rough times they dig deeper, search for creative solutions and inspire the people around them to achieve great things. They also take time to pause and reflect, to pay attention to what is happening in, and around the organisation. They plan for every eventuality and only after careful consideration and preparation do they act.

Most important of all, they stay True. Here is one leader’s story of leadership when it mattered the most.

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Learning the Brain–Friendly Way

Our organisations have the potential to be fields of continual learning. Learning that is crucial if they are to thrive and grow. Learning is essential to enable organisations to;

  • Change at pace
  • Innovate; create new products, services, methods and delivery models
  • Manage the complexity of relationships; matrix structures, partnerships and collaboration, multi-cultural and virtual teams, remote and flexible working
  • Motivate and engage our people

Learning happens within people; we do not make it happen, but we can create a learning-conducive environment.

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What I wish I had known at 25

crystal ballIn a conversation with a group of senior leaders we were reflecting on how unprepared we were when we were first promoted to management. For most of us that was over 25 years ago. We have learnt to lead and been lucky to have access to development opportunities. As we mused on, we swapped stories of our most important learning and things that we wished we had known as a young manager. Here are mine.


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Team vs Talent?

Yves Morieux challenges our thinking about top talent and our obsessive focus on measurement and individual accountability. Is it really possible that less talent and more collaboration could lead to higher productivity? Find out watching his provocative Ted Talk.

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