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Nothing to learn from Carillion!

Whilst no one wants to see commercial failure of any magnitude, they are the unintended, if not unexpected, consequences of doing business. We know there are no guarantees in life and business is no different. Without risk, there can be no reward. Risk is the size of your non-refundable investment! Warren Buffet says that, “Risk […]

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Brexit – Joy for the Procrastinators

Making no decision is worse than making a bad decision. So much has been spoken about Brexit and of its likely impact on business in the UK. Whilst business confidence remains muted about its impact, it appears many are awaiting greater clarity before committing to longer-term plans. Preserving the status quo is preferred by many […]


Apprenticeships won’t solve the UK’s productivity decline

The Economics Editor at Sky News, Ed Conway, commented that encouraging more apprenticeships and technical qualifications and viewing these on a par with graduate qualifications is the key to improving the UK’s productivity woes. It’s a valid point, but it only serves to divert attention away from the underlying problem hampering productivity – leadership quality. […]


Rakhee Verma

As a commercial expert, Rakhee has worked with FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 brands in a sales and marketing capacity, or as a coach. She is passionate about helping individuals and businesses on thinking differently and growing as a result.


Alex Walker

After many years working with recognised brands such as Virgin, GE Healthcare and Miele, Alex brings a wealth of experience to her coaching role.  She has particular strength in bringing about behavioural and cultural change, embedding a customer experience strategy and employee engagement.  Her roles have spanned both b2c and b2b segments.


Technical vs. Personal Skills

Developing personal skills to foster leadership positions in engineering. In a profession like engineering – built on definitive right and wrong answers – it can be difficult to be told that you need to challenge the status quo, particularly when it comes to personal skills development. The technical skills and know-how that enable entry and […]


SME’s – max out on your investment in L&D

Learning & Development (L&D) falls into the discretionary spend category of a business. However, since L&D is a business critical investment in people, it should be a top priority in all SME’s For a business to be at its best, the people in the business need to be as good as they can be. Here […]


Placing a Value in People Development

In our obsession to put a value on our every action, we’ve devalued the importance of people development. We intuitively know that if we develop people they will fulfil their individual potential and contribute to the organisation at an even greater level than at present. By ignoring their needs they will leave the organisation or, […]


Why Coach Leaders Deliver Business Success

“Organisations say that people are their most important asset, yet few leaders consider people engagement a priority of their role or make the link between their ability to engage and business performance. If people don’t feel valued, they’re unlikely to add value.” David Cartwright What is a Coach Leader? At the OBD Academy we use […]


Employee Engagement is Leadership Engagement in Hiding!

Employee Engagement has become the buzzword to describe a motivated and switched-on team of workers. Cast your mind back twenty plus years ago and people wouldn’t understand what the term meant let alone how to go about influencing it. What we now speak of as employee engagement was, in the past, referred to as Industrial […]

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