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Leading Sustainable Change - Foundation Report November 2015


Leaders are employed to drive change. Such change needs to be sustainably implemented, to ensure leaders do not waste huge amounts of energy and resources on initiatives that unwind themselves. This workshop examined the key factors that hinder sustainable change …. factors that often originate in...
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Leader as a Futurologist - Foundation Report June 2015


None of us can accurately predict the future, but leaders are expected to set a vision, and deliver a business plan, when so many forces are at play to disrupt the journey. This First Ascent Foundation workshop explored how leaders can try to “see into the future”, set a compass direction and enco...
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Motivation in the Modern Workplace - Foundation Report February 2015


The success of any business depends on the motivation of it’s employees. Motivation is the key to creating an environment where exceptional performance is possible. We now know that every individual has their own set of motivators and preferences, so how do leaders and organisations appeal to them ...
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The Role of Charisma in Leadership - Foundation Report November 2014


Charisma – what is it? It’s easy to spot someone who has it but much more difficult to define. This Foundation workshop examined what defines charisma and why does it matter in terms of leadership? Through a combination of peer discussion, expert speakers, interactive exercises and neuroscience r...
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New Approaches to Innovation - Foundation Report June 2014


Ensuring we are all thinking and acting innovatively is a constant personal challenge. Teams also need support and encouragement to be approaching tasks with innovation in mind – both “doing the job and improving the job”. Cultures of organisations can stifle innovation – how can we counter this com...
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Secrets of Leadership Resilience - Foundation Report February 2014


Whether operating in the private, public or not for profit sector these days, the demand for results remains constant. Unmanaged, this pressure can have an adverse effect on the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. This Foundation workshop examined how we can learn from the latest s...
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Building Employee Engagement Oct 2013


This Foundation workshop explored the impact that successful employee engagement programmes are having. Through a combination of case studies, the exploration of the latest neuroscience research and peer-learning, the questions of how to achieve that elusive 20% performance improvement through emplo...
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Creating High Performance Teams July 2013


This Foundation workshop explored the ingredients needed to create and sustain high performance teams in the workplace, drawing lessons from both the sporting and corporate world. ...
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Execution - The Art of Getting Things Done October 2012


Leadership is about getting things done. This foundation workshop explored why execution can be difficult and what leaders can do to increase their effectiveness in getting things done....
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Challenge of Change July 2012


The First Ascent Foundation Workshop. Held at Fanhams Hall (Ware) of June 2012 drew attendees from a range of sectors. The purpose was to explore the Challenge of Change and how leaders can make change happen effectively....
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Leader as a Coach February 2012


This First Ascent Foundation workshop of February 2012 drew attendees from a range of sectors to explore how to create a coaching culture within organisations....
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Activating Talent November 2011


This First Ascent Foundation event brought attendees together to discuss how to effectively activate talent it to the benefit of both the individual and organisation....
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Leadership Resilience May 2011


The First Ascent Foundation event on Leadership Resilience was held within one of the prestigious Cambridge University venues, Madingley Hall in May 2011. The event commenced with a networking dinner, which provided an interesting introduction to the theme and presented an insight into the varied e...
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Environmental Leadership – A non-negotiable competence November 2010


The third First Ascent Foundation event of 2010 was held within the beautiful setting of Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire in November 2010. The event commenced with a networking dinner, which provided a lively introduction to the event’s theme of Environmental Leadership....
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Leading Innovation July 2010


The First Ascent Foundation holds three events for members each year. This report covers the second event for 2010, held at Stratford-upon-Avon. Key Questions covered include - Why innovation is, and must be, a key topic for today’s leaders....
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Leadership Challenges in the New Decade Mar 2010


The vision of the Foundation is to create a not-for-profit community of existing and emerging leaders to support the development of leadership skill, judgement and potential through sharing leadership knowledge and success. This workshop looked at the 'Leadership Challenges in the New Decade' wit...
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