Why leaders must steer clear of blame culture when plans don’t work out

Why leaders must steer clear of blame culture when plans don’t work out

As she publishes her side of her 2016 election defeat, Hillary Clinton stands accused of deflecting blame elsewhere. Here’s why leaders can’t afford to operate a blame culture

It probably wouldn’t have escaped your notice that Hillary Clinton has just published a book. Indeed, over the past week, coverage of the publication has flowed at a seemingly uncontrollable rate, with the former US Secretary of State decisively breaking her silence over a host of deeply uncomfortable matters. Titled What Happened, the book recounts the tumultuous course of last year’s US General Election campaign, which propelled Hillary’s opponent – Twitter-twitching tycoon Donald Trump – into the White House. (Incredibly, that jaw-dropping result is now almost a year old.)

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Managing emotions: why Lumina Emotion is a powerful new coaching ally

Managing emotions: why Lumina Emotion is a powerful new coaching ally

Much as we pretend superficially that it’s not the case, emotions are rarely far from the surface at work. The crucial difference is how – and to what extent – we express those emotions. This presents us with a minefield. Emotions are variables all by themselves, right? But wading through a bunch of them every working day is like trying to cross a whole swamp of variables, with traumatic explosions or a sinking feeling awaiting every misstep.

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How technology is transforming East Africa into a global force

How technology is transforming East Africa into a global force

East Africa – Just over two decades ago, Rwanda was synonymous with extreme civil unrest that shocked the world. Now it is synonymous with opportunity, and an enthusiastic uptake of digital tools that are enabling the East African nation to shape a new world for itself. That’s quite some transition – one of the most remarkable development stories on the planet, in fact – and if Rwanda and its neighbouring countries are to maintain it, they are going to need access to high-quality leadership, and the best methods for delivering it.

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Leadership development: why West Africa needs the skills to fulfil its potential

Leadership development: why West Africa needs the skills to fulfil its potential

Make no mistake, companies in West Africa are increasingly going to need access to proven and reliable leadership development tools, and for a variety of reasons. The main, overarching one is to ensure that all those bright, young, hungry firms that are currently emerging in the region will be sustainable in the long run – capable not only of lasting well into the future as individual entities, but of working together to safeguard a prosperous future for West Africa’s economy as a whole.

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Job types: know what you’re aiming at, then tailor your skills

Job types: know what you’re aiming at, then tailor your skills

Learning more about the kinds of jobs that are out there could help you to focus your skills and training more effectively

By way of an icebreaker for this skills-focused blog, see what you make of the following job titles…

  • Senior safeguarding manager
  • MS dynamics CRM developer
  • Head of storytelling
  • Full-stack programmer
  • Growth hacker

Somewhat niche-sounding, wouldn’t you agree? Indeed, to anyone who hasn’t been schooled in the relevant fields, it wouldn’t be 100% clear at first glance what those titles even mean – let alone what kind of skills you’d need to carry out the actual jobs. So before we go on, allow me to be of service…

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