• Disconnected in a constantly connected world

    “I wish I had the team with me... I mean physically in the same room.” That’s what a senior executive said at the start of a strategy development programme GRA facilitated last week and it’s a sentiment I’m sure many of us can relate to or maybe even words we’ve... Continue Reading 21st October, 2020
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  • GRA "spot on" in creating perfect leadership tandem

    This blog originally appeared on the Clipper Round the World website as a skipper report from Jeronimo Gonzalez, skipper of the Punta Del Este yachtThe 2019-20 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the first to include an Additionally Qualified Person (AQP) on each of the yachts to... Continue Reading 12th November, 2019
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  • The importance of strategic leadership in times of uncertainty

    Guest blog by Dr. David Trafford, co-author of Beyond Default – Setting Your Organisation On A Trajectory To An Improved FutureWithout question we are living in a period of great uncertainty. It’s often said, but is no less true, that the context within which organisations operate today... Continue Reading 1st November, 2019
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  • How to create a culture of collaboration

    This is the third in a series of blogs focusing on competition vs collaboration. In part 1, 'Competition destroys collaboration' and part 2 'What are the implications of creating internal competition?', we’ve looked at some of the pitfalls of internal competition.... Continue Reading 12th February, 2019
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  • What are the implications of creating internal competition?

    In part 1 of our blog series on competition vs collaboration, we discussed how you could inadvertently be creating negative internal competition. In part 2, we’re looking at the impact that this has on the culture of your organisation.Creating internal competition can absolutely result in a... Continue Reading 12th February, 2019
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  • Internal competition can destroy collaboration

    Competition is unquestionably important and healthy when striving for success. When we have rivals to compare ourselves to it forces us to stay focused, push for progress and seek out innovations. Think of Microsoft vs Apple, McDonald’s vs Burger King or Coca Cola vs Pepsi. Attempting to... Continue Reading 11th February, 2019
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  • What are the consequences of a misaligned leadership team?

    If an organisation has recognised that it needs to take a new strategic direction and to make bold decisions to change the default future of the organisation, the success of implementing the strategic change relies upon the wider organisation engaging with the decision, not simply complying with it... Continue Reading 7th September, 2018
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  • Why change? Your organisation’s survival is not mandatory

    Do you know what your organisation’s future looks like? Have you ever stopped to think about the trajectory of the organisation if it just continues to do what it’s currently doing and in the way you’ve always done it? Trending towards your ‘default future’... Continue Reading 6th September, 2018
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  • The secret ingredient for success

    As a learning & development trainer, it’s usually Max Brown’s job at GRA to provide others with new skills and the opportunities & confidence to put them into practice at our training centres. However, roles were reversed recently when Max spent the day learning meat butchery... Continue Reading 24th August, 2017
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  • Learn by doing – starting out as a GRA apprentice

    My name is Natalia. I have recently joined Grahame Robb Associates’ Apprenticeship Scheme at their Corporate Outdoor Learning Centre, Wokefield Estate, and I wanted to share with you my experiences since joining the programme just under a month ago.Before joining GRA, I was doing a Level 3... Continue Reading 3rd August, 2017
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  • How a 'family culture' could be holding your organisation back

    While many organisations are proud to strive for a harmonious culture that allows different personalities and work styles to thrive, this can have negative consequences when they describe the culture to be “like a family”.Although every family is different, we... Continue Reading 14th June, 2017
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  • The key to accountability – set clear expectations

    Clarity is an essential element in creating a culture of accountability. Employees need to know exactly what is expected in regards to performance and behaviour; otherwise they will certainly fall short.Yet, a study found that only 50% of employees are clear on what is expected of them. How can... Continue Reading 18th May, 2017
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