Is Crisis a Catalyst for Organisational Growth?

Sometimes an organisation needs a wake up call to enable it to see what is happening and a crisis helps it to see something previously hidden.  Created by the US military to describe our environment, VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) is the latest acronym we can baffle our colleagues with.

It is a great summary of why organisations need employees who are agile, able to learn and brave.  However these behaviours are usually squashed by budget cuts, multiple unfocused meetings, policies, legislation and fear of change. 

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The Glass Cliff or Why being good in a crisis can disadvantage women

Neela Bettridge is one of our most senior Executive Coaches and resident guru on Women in Business.  She has provided this month’s blog to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March.

When psychology professors Michelle Ryan and Alex Haslam of the University of Exeter observed that women were more likely to be promoted to leadership roles that carried a higher risk of failure, they dubbed the phenomenon ‘the glass cliff’ – an obvious extension of the ‘glass ceiling’ and ‘glass elevator’ metaphors.  Continue reading