Book Review – The Positive Organization by Robert E Quinn

In our recent interviews with Professor Kim Cameron and Michelle McQuaid both mentioned Robert E. Quinn’s The Positive Organization as a book worth reading for insight and ideas. It is not difficult to see why, as Quinn’s short book (less than 160 pages from cover to cover) is packed with ideas, examples, case studies and more »

The 7 questions of impactful leaders

Review of the Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier Your team sometimes just need a bit of support to shine. You can provide this support through changing your leadership approach to one of coaching. Helping people to find their own solutions is more impactful than giving advice, providing rules or direction. You can coach anytime, anywhere, more »

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Ann Francke, Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Management Institute, recommends a book that helps to remind ourselves of the guidelines and habits for establishing personal and professional effectiveness. Francke says the book was particularly impactful as she was introduced to it during a dedicated training programme that focused on providing opportunities for putting the more »

How Non-conformists Change the World – Originals by Adam Grant

How Non-conformists Change the World – Originals by Adam Grant

If you have a look on Amazon, there are approximately 175,000 books on leadership which can make it hard to find something new, unique or challenging. Professor Kim Cameron, author of Practicing Positive Leadership, encourages us to read more academic and research based books. Adam Grant, a former doctoral student at the University of Michigan, more »

What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

No matter where are you going in the world, there is Coca-Cola – shares her experience Melinda French Gates. Food, clean water and necessary health care may not be available but you can get a Coke, anywhere. Melinda Gates believes if Coke can be produced, marketed, delivered and sold in developing countries, then nonprofits could more »

Positive Change Management

In today’s fast changing environment agility and the ability to make change effectively is a key organisational requirement. Yet most change management initiatives fail and employees are increasing tired of and resistant to organisational changes. Watch this webinar to explore: • The key change management mistakes to avoid • Successful approaches to effectively leading change more »

Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Henry Stewart, the interviewee in our last edition, recommended this book, saying that it changed his life and his organisation as well. Maverick by Ricardo Semler is a story of a Brazilian businessman who changed the workplace he took over from his father. Stewart says: “He took over the job to work from one where more »

The Coaching Habit – Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

Box of Crayons helps people and organisations to do less Good Work and more Great Work. Michael Bungay Stanier, the founder and senior partner describes what is Great Work in his interview with Eszter Molnar Mills, and talks about building the coaching habit, the topic of his latest book. According to Bungay Stanier, everything you more »