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Leading and Succeeding in Challenging Times

By Andrew Cooke | October 23, 2017

Leaders are faced with the on-going dilemma of maintaining long-term and sustainable profitability, whilst having to meet the short-term gains demanded by investors. Here are a few insights into how you can lead more effectively in these challenging times. Andrew’s Top 8 Insights Change your mindset – instead of looking at the issue of how […]


1 New Results Need New Behaviours

By Andrew Cooke | July 24, 2017

Why what got you here won’t get you there! Are any of these scenarios familiar to you?  You’ve been recently promoted. You’re in the same job you were in a year ago, but the scope is a lot bigger today than it was then. You’re working in an organization where the performance bar has been […]


The Power of Golden Silence

By Andrew Cooke | June 8, 2016

Using silence to find out more Silence is a powerful way by which you can elicit more information from people you are talking with – especially when talking with customers or interviewees. A Golden Silence is when you pause, deliberately, so that you can listen without thinking of what you are going to say next. […]


Reducing Anxiety in Your Organization

By Andrew Cooke | October 30, 2015

In a changing world the level of anxiety people experience increases as they become less clear on what is happening, more uncertain as to how it will affect them, and increasingly unsure about what to do. You will feel this for yourself, and your team will be feeling it too. So what can we do […]


Are You in Control?

By Andrew Cooke | September 25, 2015

There is a simple, but useful tool that helps you to understand how people respond to situations, and to anticipate their likely behaviour. It can also help you identify those who are likely to be winners and losers. This tool is called the Locus of Control. Everyone wants to know what separates winners from losers. […]


1 How to Manage Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity – Part 2

By Andrew Cooke | July 4, 2013

How to Manage Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity – Part 2 4 ways how leaders can deal with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions In an earlier blog we looked at the challenges leaders face in dealing with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity – or VUCA. As business leaders […]


Do You Have the 3 Factors for Organizational Resilience?

By Andrew Cooke | February 4, 2013

Do You Have the 3 Factors for Organizational Resilience? How to assess and develop your organization’s resilience. *by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Resilience – a word more often abused than used correctly.  Resilience often is used to describe strength.   Although strength is implied in resilience, it is actually not a trait (a distinguishing […]


The Motivation Trap

By Andrew Cooke | December 10, 2012

The Motivation Trap by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Why motivation alone is not enough, you need more… Imagine what would happen if your favorite football team took the field and the ONLY training they received in the last 8 months had been sitting in a room. Within the room, they’d be listening to legends […]


3 Holding People Accountable

By Andrew Cooke | November 9, 2012

Holding People Accountable By  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions A recent survey quoted in an article in the Harvard Business Review Blog highlighted that the single, most avoided responsibility was holding people accountable.  In the survey of more than 5,400 upper-level managers from the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific gathered since 2010, 46% […]