Jersey Consultants Recognised by Financial Times

Below is the latest article in the Bailiwick Express: Jersey-based consultancy, Amicus Limited, has been announced as one of the 2018 Financial Times leading management consultancies. The list reviews the top UK management consultancies across a range of sectors. Over 8,000 firms were reviewed by survey firm Statista, using input from industry experts and clients, to compile the list of top companies. Formed in 2014...
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Leading in Uncertain Times – Part 6: Making Yourself Clear

Whether you decide to adopt a control-based or a trust-based approach to the leadership challenges posed by uncertainty, communication is at a real premium when your people are unsettled. This is the time to be crystal clear with employees and communicate your message frequently and consistently. They need to understand what you want from them, what might happen to them and, above all, they must be...
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Leading in Uncertain Times – Part 5: Trust v Control

In evaluating whether to opt for a centralised, more controlling leadership culture or a more enlightened, trust-based approach this comparison may be of interest. Centralisation is the natural tendency of the cautious and risk-averse. It accretes apparent power to the senior leadership in an organisation, whilst denuding the organisation of its true power. In engineering terms power is the rate of doing work – and less useful...
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Leading in Uncertain Times – Part 4: Trust-Based Leadership

The current bout of uncertainty, much of it spawned in Western capitals, looks set to stay. Faced with unpredictability, the natural instinct of many leaders is to centralise control and decision-making and hope for better times. In doing so they hamper the resilience and agility of their organisations. How then to turn the threat of sustained uncertainty into an opportunity? How about an overhaul of your leadership culture...
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Leading in Uncertain Times – Part 3: The Natural Tendency to Centralise

As I have mentioned in this series of short articles, we are in an era of unusual uncertainty in government, business and many facets of society. The impact this has on any team or workforce can undermine the emotional health of an organisation and pose significant challenges for its leaders. Senior executives are always under the spotlight, and never more than in turbulent times as...
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Leading in Uncertain Times – Part 2: Sharpen Your Focus

Uncertainty poses enough threats without them being compounded through a lack of clarity over the organisation’s purpose, intentions, goals or objectives. In unforgiving circumstances, it is vital that the senior leadership team are crystal clear on these key aspects of your business. If you are not clear, your workforce will not be clear what you are trying to achieve. You will become reactive to events,...
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Leading in Uncertain Times – Part 1: The Issue

We are in an unprecedented era of political volatility. Unusually, much of that volatility is emanating from western capitals, not least Washington DC and London. The turbulence spawned by the Trump phenomenon and the Brexit situation are of course key factors, and there is no sense that these are going to change anytime soon. Political volatility generates unpredictability for governments, businesses and just about every...
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Why Walking the Floors Builds Trust

Leadership is about shaping human behaviour and that happens more readily when people are working with those they trust and respect. For this to happen people have to know you, or know about you from people they trust themselves. You could take a transactional approach – “I am a busy executive with much to do, and as long as my people know what is required...
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Succession Plans Must Embody Your Company Values

The emphasis on sound culture in modern business has to be a healthy trend. Many businesses profess values like honesty, transparency, trust and alignment. The real test of the values in a business can be seen from the type of people who get promoted versus the type of people who are encouraged to leave. Increasingly young people want to work for companies with a strong...
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Three key questions for leaders of organisations

Amicus exists to enable you to achieve your strategic goals, faster and more effectively. We do this by enabling you to get the most from your people so you can hone your competitive edge. Using our military and business expertise we focus on three key questions: 1. Are you organised for success? We assist you in building a cohesive senior executive team leading an organisation...
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