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From Command and Control to Climate Control

Employee Engagement is the number 1 HR Leadership priority for 2017 (Deloitte HC report). With Brexit and the policies promised by newly elected President Trump – we are entering a period of uncertainty and ambiguity for many businesses.   Neuroscience has proven that uncertainty and increased stress can shut down the logical part of our minds and we focus on survival. This brings immense challenges to the world of work and leadership.

That coupled with output from the latest Gallup research that employees in the 20- 36 year age group are the least engaged generation in the workplace so far, with many changing jobs and actively looking for new roles.

The Gallup study highlights how millennials are pushing organsiations to reinvent how they lead and manage. The findings highlight what all 21st century workers seek from work today.

It also tallies with a famous HBR article – Why should anyone be led by you!

The underlying principles for driving engagement among millennials and indeed all workers lies in the climate that a leader has created in the organisation. How does it feel to work around here – am I encouraged and inspired to stretch myself to my full potential?

Research has shown that leadership climate is a known predicter of employee engagement and empowerment directly relating to an organisations financial performance.

Employees are over 4 times more likely to be engaged working in an emotionally intelligent leadership climate.

The climate of any organisation is greatly influenced by the Emotional Intelligence of its leaders.

Key Questions leaders could ask themselves

  • What is my mindset? Attitude – Am I creating a mindful/sthriving climate that builds long term success
  • How am I feeling? How self-aware am I of my feelings and those around me?
  • How do I choose to behave – do I take time out to reflect on situations and prepare for key conversations and meetings – what is my objective , what fingerprint do I want to leave.

Measuring Climate 

measuring climate

The Leadership Climate indicator model (JCAglobal) measures 12 key leadership behaviours that demonstrate the prevalence of 4 leadership styles – Inspiring, Including, Controlling and Withdrawing leadership.

It explores how the tone set by the organisations leaders is felt throughout the company and measures the impact this is having on perfomance, well-being and innovation.

Advice for Building a Thriving/Flourishing climate

  • Build Self-awareness – Leaders who are aware of their own behaviours and those of their team are closer to the reality of what is really going on in the business.
  • Ensure all employees are clear on the Purpose of the organisation – Why do we exist? Why does this organisation matter?
  • Provide Regular Feedback – encourage an environment where feedback is seen as development and an opportunity to reduce blindspots and stretch.
  • Build Trust – Internally with employees, team members and externally with customers and suppliers
  • Create and atmosphere of openness
  • Stretch and Empower individuals – don’t micromanage – Encourage responsibility
  • Value and appreciate others

Make 2017 a productive and effective year, focus on creating the climate for success.

Fiona Flynn


Foresight Corporate Development




How do you show up?

catlionWith the hectic pace of life in the corporate world at the moment, people are zooming through each day with their focus on completing tasks on the todo list.

Have you ever taken a moment to stop and think and reflect on your interactions with others as you go through each day. Does your haste to get an update on a project or sales pipeline etc show up to others as dismissive, impatient ?

One of my favourite quotes is by Maya Angelou – People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel!

I always find it fascinating that you can meet someone for the first time and you instantly click, it’s as if you’ve known each other forever and some other people that you know for a very long time yet you never seem to see eye to eye on anything!

What is at play here is the dynamic of different personality types. In business and life in general – it is essential that we have a high level awareness of others in order to build productive relationships and have clarity of communication.

There are a number of different personality types – How we take information into our brain, how we make decisions and how we respond to others can be very different. There are also quite a number of tools – we prefer to use the Clarity4d as it represents personality types in colour, which is very visual and easy to remember.


This is also very relevant as you build out teams and develop new roles – Do you take into consideration the personality preferences for each individual – is it a match for the role? Are they playing to their strengths?

At Foresight, we would recommend the following approach to developing your team to be more effective, which leads to faster decision making, and more effective communications.

Increased Awareness

Be aware of your own personality type – how do you show up under pressure? Do you make decisions based on thinking or feeling? Complete personality profiles for yourself and your team. This will provide a valuable insight into the team dynamic.

Adjust your Style

You have many different communications styles and personalities on your team, Don’t think you can manage everyone the same way, and don’t assume everyone likes to be managed the way you like to be managed.

Clarity of Communication

Always check in with the person you are communicating with that they understand what you are saying. It’s always amazing how someone can completely misinterpret a conversation or an email.

Give Feedback

Your Direct reports want feedback, and it’s crucial in making your team as productive as possible.

Say Thanks

People want to feel appreciated. A simple Thank-you, smile and direct eye contact doesn’t cost a thing and it makes a huge difference.

For further information on the Clarity4D profile and Team Heat Map, please contact us @ 085-1744378 or register for a Free clarity report.