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.”

Why Teams Get Stuck - And How to Unstick Them

"I don't know what is wrong with these people, we were doing really well, making real progress. In the last month we have ground to a halt. I don't understand it." This was the opening to a recent dialogue with a leader. Sound familiar?

That dialogue led us to a careful exploration of what was happening and how the team could get unstuck. I have had that dialogue several times; as well as experiencing being stuck myself. Here's what I have learnt about why teams get stuck – and what to do about it.

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Clint Smith The Danger of Silence

"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice." Click here to watch this powerful TedTalk.

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Simon Sinek - Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

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What Sex is Your Brain?

Take the test on the BBC Human Body and Mind site to find out click here.

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"Purple Monkeys!" A great new book from Kevin Parker

purple monkeyPurple Monkeys! a Leader's Practical Guide to Unleashing the Power of Questions to Achieve Great Results


Some years ago, Kevin told me the story of his discovery of leadership. He had been promoted over time for being great at "doing". In leadership, he faced the new challenge of getting others to "do". One day, his boss asked him a powerful question; "How do you lead your team?". Kevin couldn't answer him - could you?

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Director of the Year! Mark Logan of Skyscanner

Mark Logan, Skyscanner's Chief Operating Officer, has been awarded the prestigious title of Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors Scotland.

Mark, who was commended for his "transformational leadership", was named as both the IoD Scotland Director of the Year in the 'businesses up to £35m turnover' category and the Edinburgh, Lothians & the Borders Regional Director of the Year for 2013.

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