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Insights are where we explore the latest learnings from the fields of organisational, leadership, and neuroscience studies and what they mean for leaders today. Get curious and come explore “next practice” with us.

Conscious Organisations – Eyes Wide Open

Being Conscious For an individual, unconsciously following scripts and rituals in organisations can be a good short-term strategy. For the organisation over time, this can have dire consequences.We believe that it takes three things to create a more conscious organisation:…

Dr. Chris Rowell & Marcus de Courtenay
Culture, Insights, Leadership

Why Should We Think About Eco-systems?

“We are in the midst of a revolution in consciousness – from separateness to connectedness.” Giles Hutchins If you ever read science fiction when you were growing up, you will probably relate to Jeff Bezos’ burning desire to expand into…

Dr. Marianne de Pierres
Insights, Leadership

Bridging Polarities – The Ginsburg-Scalia Effect

Despite our best intentions, we won’t get along with all of our work colleagues all the time. Differences in values, beliefs, objectives, priorities, and goals are inevitable in the workplace (and in life). And that’s ok. Dissent can be a…

Dr. Marianne de Pierres
Insights, Leadership, Partnering, Teams

The Employer Learning Revolution

There’s no doubt that the reskilling imperative is going to change the way we think about employers. As the Global Chairman of PwC has said, “Upskilling is one of the most urgent challenges of our time…” In what is being…

Marcus de Courtenay
Future of work, Insights, Learning and Development, Storytelling

Generative Power – Mapping AI Systems

A decade ago, when Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms began talking about New Power, it was a jump across a chasm from command-and-control management to much more distributed, horizontal leadership styles. Power, they declared, was no longer something to be hoarded but…

Dr. Marianne de Pierres
Conscious leadership, Future of work, Insights, Leadership, Storytelling

Horizontal Leadership

The role of a leader is transforming.Our ever-changing environment means that organisations are adapting to be more agile, innovative, and customer-focused. Moving to deeper levels of agility is calling on us to lead “horizontally.” The leadership of the past has…

Gretel Bakker & Marcus de Courtenay & Dr. Marianne de Pierres
Culture, Insights, Leadership, Teams

Leveraging Creative and Critical Thinking for Better Decision-Making

We hear a lot about critical thinking in the workplace and how it’s needed to exercise good judgment in solving complex problems. But what constitutes critical thinking? Is it something that we practice in isolation from other forms of intelligence?…

Dr. Marianne de Pierres & Gretel Bakker
Conscious leadership, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Insights, Leadership, Leadership skills, Storytelling

Making Decisions in the Age of AI – why we can’t outsource all our critical thinking

All the technology humans have previously created can be classed as tools that have been predictable, explainable, and, most importantly, under our control. But now, for the first time in our history, this is no longer the case. Popularised by…

Connor McLaren-Kennedy
Insights, Leadership

4 Cognitive Biases That Can Derail Your Critical Thinking – How to Overcome Our Kryptonite

Critical thinking is a superpower. It has allowed humans to reason rationally and rigorously to uncover some incredible insights— ultimately, changing the face of our world. But in order to unlock this superpower, we need to overcome our kryptonite: cognitive biases. Over many…

Marcus de Courtenay
Conscious leadership, Insights, Leadership, Leadership, Leadership skills, Learning and Development, Self Leadership, Storytelling

Supercharging Creativity

The Role of the Unconscious Eureka! We’ve all heard the story of the magic moment when an idea comes to someone in a shower. A problem that has been playing on your mind all week suddenly finds its solution at…

Laura Clemesha & Marcus de Courtenay
Creative Thinking, Insights, Learning and Development, Storytelling, Teams

Creativity: “what’s the principle before the practice?”

In recent years, attitudes to creativity and its importance to organisations have evolved. It no longer sits outside business as an optional plug-in, but is a more integrated and valued part of what good looks like. Workplaces that genuinely embrace…

Dr. Marianne de Pierres & Nikki Brown
Creative Thinking, Insights, Leadership, Leadership skills, Learning and Development, Storytelling, Storytelling

Leading Diverse (Thinking) Teams

What do an expert in wound healing, a leading veterinary surgeon, and a specialist in theatrical makeup have in common? Together they were able to produce a breakthrough product intended to prevent infections associated with surgery for the company 3M….

Marcus de Courtenay
Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Insights, Storytelling, Storytelling, Teams, Teams and teamwork