Industry Insights & News

There is such a thing as too much feedback

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2018. I hope the year has got off to a good start for you. I signed off in December with the cryptic comment that there is ‘such a thing as too much feedback.” This comment was prompted by a number of articles extolling...

Talent management is back

Towards the end of last year, I noticed talent management returning to the chat rooms, and journals, and wow! – come January it is back with a vengeance, as the top priority for businesses.   My first talent management sighting came on 9 January, from the...

What is a habit?

Dr Martin Lanik is about to publish his new book, "The Leader Habit" and we are very pleased to have the opportunity of giving you some brief insights into the content, ahead of the book's release. What is a habit? Psychologists define a habit as an automatic...

Steps to take to speak with charisma

Last week, I discussed our research into speaking with charisma, and the three steps to take for this. Here I set out some exercises that will help you improve your ability to speak with charisma.   Show your excitement.   We naturally respond with interest...

Culture is a key driver of performance

At Scala, last week was dedicated to an International Development Programme we ran for GEMA Business School of Rome and Latam Business School of Mexico City. The week was a mix of lectures and visits to leading UK companies.   Clear themes emerged from our...

Career planning and development drive engagement

Career planning and career development emerged as a key driver of engagement from the company visits, and classroom discussions during the international leadership development programme that Scala ran recently for GEMA Business School of Rome, and Latam Business...

Encourage innovation

Innovation is the third topic that was consistently at the top of the agenda for the businesses that attended Scala’s International Development Programme, and amongst our speakers, and the companies we visited. (Please click here for the other two on culture,...

Happy Holidays

 A big thank you for following us over the first six months of publication of this newsletter. There is a bewildering array of stuff out there, and our aim has been to choose the topics, and the thinkers that offer the most useful insights to help you manage...

Where accelerated development doesn’t work

Last week, I set out two scenarios (which, by the way, I have witnessed directly) about people who were clearly out of their depth in the supposedly career enhancing posts they had been appointed to. I will be dissecting these over the next couple of weeks. Our...

Match the person with the business challenges

This week I wish to comment on the second scenario of my blog of two weeks ago. It concerns the ‘high potential’ person, newly-appointed to a CEO role, on route to a much larger senior leadership role. Let’s call this person “AJ.” He is...

CIPD’s new Profession Map is the businesss

Congratulations to the CIPD on the launch of their new Profession Map, which sets the international benchmark for the people profession.   The map captures the business context of today and tomorrow, and reflects the full breadth of the people profession. It is...

Janice Caplan at the University of Tartu

I have just returned from a fantastic experience presenting my talent management methodology and ideas at a conference at the University of Tartu in Estonia. I was so inspired by how a university in a country of just 1.3 million inhabitants transformed itself...