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In a Nutshell: Servant Leadership


While the idea behind servant leadership is not new and can be found in writings that date back thousands of years, the term “servant leadership” itself was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf (1904–1990) in “The Servant as Leader,” an essay he first published in 1970.

Mar 30, 2015

Topics: Leadership- Profiling & Assessment Tools- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Forced Ranking (Vitality Curve, Bell Curve)


Forced ranking, also known as stack ranking, forced distribution, and “rank and yank,” is a concept popularised during the 1980s by Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, under the term “vitality curve.”

Feb 4, 2015

Topics: Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Flow Model


Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihaly (pronounced Me-high Cheek-sent-me-high) is one of the founders of the positive psychology movement, which studies happiness and human potential. Csikszentmihalyi wanted to understand the points during everyday life when people experienced the happiest moments. 

Feb 3, 2015

Topics: Psychology- Employee Engagement- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Active Listening


The origins of Active Listening, also called Reflective Listening, can be traced back to Carl Rogers, one of the founders of the humanistic psychology movement and a highly influential figure in therapy and counselling. 

Dec 11, 2014

Topics: Coaching & Mentoring- Profiling & Assessment Tools- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: The Golden Circle (Simon Sinek)


Simon Sinek is a bestselling leadership author perhaps best known for his TEDTalk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” currently the 2nd most watched TEDTalk of all, which popularised the idea of The Golden Circle. His most well known books are “Start With Why” (2009) and “Leaders Eat Last” (2013).

Nov 27, 2014

Topics: Profiling & Assessment Tools- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Gallup Q12

Gallup is a US-based organisation known around the world for its public opinion polling information and large-scale collection of business performance data. Gallup is also known for its research into the foundational elements of employee engagement that predict performance. 

Nov 11, 2014

Topics: Employee Engagement- Culture & Organisational Development- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Four Stages of Competence


The four stages of competence model does not have a single, definitive title and may also be referred to as the four stages of learning, the conscious competence model, or the competence learning matrix.

Oct 15, 2014

Topics: Learning & Development- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: GROW Coaching Model


The GROW model is the most influential model used in coaching. It was popularised by Sir John Whitmore in his 1992 book, “Coaching for Performance,” which became the bestselling bible of the coaching industry.

Sep 29, 2014

Topics: Coaching & Mentoring- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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