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Time will not heal the pay gap

The results of the gender pay gap reporting confirm that there are more men at the top of organisations, which creates a disparity in average earnings of men and women.  The typical timing of childbirth, between 25 and 35, has an impact; and difficult to control schedules get in the way of women stepping into […]

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The power of great conversations

What do organisations and employees have to gain from great workplace conversations? In this guest blog David North identifies the benefits – and the barriers – and sets out six ways we can strengthen conversations at work. A deep connection I love listening to the radio. Whether it’s Desert Island Discs, a Mark Kermode film […]

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Focus on 5% of your workforce…

At Ci we like to remind organisations to invest in ‘the vital many’ – the majority who get disengaged if a few ‘HiPos’ gain unfair attention. We think that’s important because too many talent practices are baloney; lacking evidence & creating self-fulfilling investments in people. Better to release untapped talent by spotting keen learners, not […]

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too clever to be a leader?

Leaders who stand apart intellectually and are prone to complex language are less inspiring.  When the IQ gap between a leader and employees exceeds about 18 points, staff begin to rate the boss as less competent.  Meanwhile, introverts tend to pass on emergent leadership positions, due to their expectation of high stress, meaning we may […]

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Managing up, down and sideways

Leaders improve their results by building 360 degree relationships, with their boss, their peers and their people. Peer and boss relationships lead to 47% of our business impact. Being friendly makes good business sense, but it’s more than that. We need to focus on strategic issues and financial results with our boss; and building momentum […]

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