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How can basic courtesy help transform organisations - for free?

Why do we treat our customers better than our colleagues, when it is our colleagues who help us make the difference at work? Yes it is true that maybe some of them make it difficult, but is it because our relationship with them isn’t as solid as it could be?

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Frontier Leadership - A new approach to Leadership

On the 27th September The Red Thread Partnership were proud to hold our launch event for our new approach to leadership development, Frontier Leadership.

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The Red Thread Partnership achieves ILM Accreditation!

The success of the Red Thread Fellowship™ continues.

We are proud to announce that the Fellowship has just been endorsed by the ILM as one of their approved leadership development programmes. This external validation and recognition from such a premier awarding body gives our Fellows a well deserved certification upon completion.

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RED THREAD FELLOWSHIP WELCOMES FIRST AMBASSADOR

We are delighted to announce that Natalie Drought from Freeths (a leading law firm) and a 2016 Fellow, has agreed to become our first Fellowship Ambassador.

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The Red Thread Fellowship programme celebrates it’s first cohort’s graduation!

In 2016, The Red Thread Partnership launched the RTP Fellowship, a leadership development programme for mid-career managers in or near Milton Keynes who aspire to move into senior leadership roles. Sponsored by the Open University, the programme uses our innovative Sustainable Leadership methodology, where leaders learn by helping local charities become more sustainable.

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Frontier Leadership Coming Soon

Soon to be published, our latest book called 'The 7 Steps to Frontier Leadership' will be available to purchase online by BookBoon.com

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So much more than a race

Sometimes, our enthusiasm and optimism encourage our mouths to make promises that – a few seconds later – we wonder if our bodies can keep. This happened to me last year when, having previously run two half-marathons, I mentioned the idea of running the London Marathon.

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The Red Thread Partnership is shortlisted as a finalist at the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the Red Thread Partnership has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2017 Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.

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Brexit and Butterflies

Well Theresa May’s speech on 17 January may or may not have been to your liking politically, but it’s interesting to reflect on what she was trying to do.
From our perspective, when looking at her actions solely as a leader, it appears that one of the things she was trying to do was to reduce uncertainty enough to enable people to move forwards, without excluding some options she thought she may need later. You can argue as to whether she got that right or not, but it’s a key ability for a leader.

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Frontier Leadership

Today’s leadership challenges have become more intense. The number of transformative general purpose technologies this century is set to double from those introduced in the last century.

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RTP client wins prestigious training award

The Red Thread Partnership is delighted that Ricoh, a long-standing client, has won a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award for its leadership skills development and training programmes.

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Open University commits to two-year sponsorship of The RTP Fellowship Programme

The Open University has announced that it will be providing sponsorship for The Red Thread Partnership’s RTP Fellowship Programme for two years, supporting an initiative that brings together young leaders from all walks of life to build a more cohesive and inclusive community in Milton Keynes.

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Technology in coaching: Ready for an upgrade?

What part does, or could, technology play in coaching? In this first article of a mini-series, experienced coach Carol Braddick shows how a wide range of apps can complement conventional coaching and play a valuable role in raising the leader’s awareness, and openness to learning, potentially improving their health and follow-through on agreed coaching actions.

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VUCA

VUCA is an acronym used to describe or reflect on the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of general conditions and situations. The notion of VUCA was introduced by the U.S. Army War College to describe the more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous multilateral world which resulted from the end of the Cold War.

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The Red Thread Partnership sponsor Professional Golfer, Sam Buss

In line with our philosophy of supporting local talent through programmes like our Fellowship, we recently announced that we were sponsoring Sam Buss, a young golfer who has just turned pro.

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Learning along the (Cleveland) Way

Although it sounds like it might be one, The Cleveland Way is not - officially at least - a learning methodology. One of Britain’s National Trails, it’s a 177km walking route that takes you through the North York Moors National Park, through forests and along the North Sea Coast. That’s not, however, to say that I didn’t learn a few valuable lessons along the way. Or should I say ‘along the Way’?

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The Red Thread Partnership launches the RTP Fellowship Programme

The Red Thread Partnership is excited to launch the RTP Fellowship Programme, a brand new initiative bringing together young leaders from all walks of life, in order to build a more cohesive and inclusive community in Milton Keynes.

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The Truth About Decision Making

What could be more rational than the way managers make decisions? Many years of research and deep thinking has sought out the most robust techniques for controlling and even removing risk from strategic thinking and investment plans. Generations of analysts and gurus have worked long hours to build matrices, frameworks, templates and checklists that they assure us – and we are willing to believe – will guarantee rigour inresource allocation decisions.

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Looking back to look forward

January is a time for both reflection and making plans, so this month I thought I’d write about one particular day last year that I think signalled a lot about what businesses need to do to be successful.

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Hope and Fear

it’s nearly Christmas – the time of year when much of the western world shuts up shop and takes a few days, or even weeks, to… do what exactly?

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Labels

I was thinking about labels the other day and how frequently and readily they seem to get thrown around these days, especially in light of recent events on the world stage: terrorist, freedom-fighter, Islamophobe… The list is endless.

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Running a Business

Some of you may be aware that Freddie and Adrian along with Donna and a customer are going to be running the NSPCC Half Marathon in Milton Keynes in July (yes we will be putting a sponsorship form on the site). What you may not know, is that Adrian and Abi are both also Marathon runners – Abi an experienced marathon runner and Adrian having just completed his first.
Now marathon running is not for everyone, but all of us have a long race to run – it’s called life; or for some of us business. Running gives you a lot of time to reflect on the world and also provides a compelling metaphor, in our view, for some key aspects of running a business.

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Smile and the world smiles with you

Have you ever smiled at someone and they’ve not smiled back? How did that make you feel?



Have you ever stopped your car to let the other person pass, or go first, or pull out in front of you and they haven’t ‘said’ thank you? And how did that make you feel? Feelings are a core part of who we are, but where do they come from and who is responsible for them?

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Assumptions

Well the weather has been fairly mild so far this Winter, not like some Winters we've had in the past with very low temperatures and significant amounts of snow. Then, for many, travelling becomes a nightmare - and even more so for the thousands who regularly commute into London. Now employers are getting much more flexible about people working from home in such conditions, but that wasn't always the case.

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Black Friday

So there it was Black Friday 2014 - come and gone.



A flurry of frantic commercialism prompted by the incipient festival of commerciality we call Christmas. A dazzling allure of temptation passing itself off as value. How many people will wake up on Credit Card Monday to look at their bills and wonder why exactly they wanted yet another coffee machine, or television, or whatever they'd been seduced into buying by in the promises of a never to be repeated bargain - well at least until Boxing Day.

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Performance Management - A bit of a rant!

OK here's a warning - I'm going to go on a bit of a rant. I've seen lots of articles recently that says appraising performance is de-motivating. I've also come across organisations where 'being in performance management' means you are going into a formal disciplinary or competence process.



So let's just deal with some of the myths around performance management or to put it another way managing performance.

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Motivation and Life

I was looking at using a new psychometric instrument the other day when one of the developers explained by they had used motivational drivers as one of the axis for the instrument - "well they're pretty consistent aren't they" he said and moved swiftly on. I was left open mouthed and very unconvinced by the instrument as a result.

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Ethics, Benchmarks and Leadership

Well I'll admit it. This blog has been inspired by all the noise at the Co-op and the recent letter by the group CEO Euan Sutherland. Now I don't know enough about how the coop is run or about Euan Sutherland to comment on the rights and wrongs of what is going on there. I am, however, struck by a couple of standout comments and revelations. The first is about his pay, the second is his apparent comment about the group being ungovernable.

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Can you teach an “old dog” new tricks?

As a tennis player myself, Roger Federer has been one of my heroes since the beginning of his career and over the years I have watched in admiration and awe, how easy the game of tennis seemed to come so naturally to him.

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Imagine

Imagine a world where every employee in every organisation around the world owned a piece of the action - a world where fat cats and greed would no longer be tolerated, a world where shareholders who act like bullies wouldn't be tolerated! A world of capped salaries, smaller lower to highest gaps or ratios and fairer pay remuneration!

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Dealing with Change - My Personal Story

Although fencing was my first sport, and i can boast winning a National gold and two silver medals at the age of 17, tennis and football have dominated my sporting life that is until a spring evening in April 2008...

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Trust

One of the things that seems to be in really short supply these days is Trust.



We have stopped trusting doctors, politicians, lawyers, the police, teachers, newspapers, our leaders, and so the list goes on. And this is debilitating in so many ways because it is only through Trust that we can grow and change.

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Space - the final frontier

How many of us I wonder recall those words spoken at the start of Star Trek and as a result what memories does the phrase evoke for us. But it's odd, because I believe it's a very real frontier for us now - not one that lies millions of miles away in a galaxy far, far, away, but in our everyday waking lives and in the world that is coming into being around us.

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So what does a 21st C leader look like

I was recently working with a group of eight extraordinary leaders; and as part of the workshop they reflected on their view of 21st C leadership. The more I think about what they chose to say, the more I think they came up with a pretty good template. So with my sincere thanks for their collective inspiration I thought I'd share it with others.

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Great Tip from Rob on Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is the process of creating an environment at work where employees provide higher levels of discretionary effort – the effort they give at work because they want to, not because they have to.

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When a leader understand what is required

One of the best interviews I have read in a long time and very refreshing. When a leader understand what is required of him or her, its amazing how quickly the organisation can move forward. Roger mentions Vision and Emotional Empathy, the first one should be easy enough for 90% of leaders, the second one in my experience is key because this is where a lot of leaders pay lip service.

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