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The real meaning of “taking the knee”

Many leaders are out of touch with a generation for whom inclusivity and solidarity are non-negotiable. Since the tragic murder of George Floyd, I’ve made a short posting on LinkedIn every day about inclusion. The odd one hits a nerve. With the European football championships, ‘taking the knee’ by England players has become the current […]

How to keep grounded as a leader

As you rise through the corporate ranks, the impact of your decisions increases and your role becomes more and more important. You do not. Failure to recognise this can lead to all sorts of problems. Leaders who think they’re better than the people they lead will lack empathy, alienate people, lose touch with the reality […]

7 leadership lessons from 2020

1. LOOSENING CONTROL IS NOT LOSING CONTROL The past year has taught me that I can actually be flexible and go with the flow and I have no doubt that I will be a better business leader as a result. By nature, I am a big planner and my style is very much to have […]

A leader’s reflection on lockdown mark 2

It felt different from March. For a start, no one minds if the dog starts barking. When lockdown hit in March we all scrambled to put an infrastructure in place to enable our people to function and for work to continue. We grappled with new technologies, new kitchen/bedroom/bathroom work environments and were forced out of […]

A quick guide to being a better coach

Coaching is not the same as giving advice. Most managers instinctively know that coaching is a good thing to do, but it’s easier not to do it for a variety of reasons: Managers simply don’t have the luxury of hours of coaching time for deep, meaningful conversations with multiple direct reports. They know what coaching […]

Use of face masks designated KN95

A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators. KN95 is a performance rating under the Chinese standard GB2626:2006, the requirements […]

Gyms in England could reopen in July

Gyms in England could be open in July if lobbying by the fitness industry comes to fruition. The government had initially indicated that gyms would be unlikely to reopen before October, however, Huw Edwards, chief executive of ukactive, has told the Guardian that talks are ongoing around reopening far sooner, saying “The government has said […]

Missing your workouts during lockdown?

4th Dimension are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Purchase It Home Fitness to be able to offer a 20% discount for all your fitness and nutrition needs straight to your door. Simply log on to find your fitness needs and put in the 20% discount code PITCOPSEY20 at the checkout (for […]

COVID-19: Can employers be prosecuted if employees are exposed?

Amidst all the coronavirus headlines, some commentators have speculated that employers may be about to face prosecution if they don’t take all precautions possible to protect staff and third parties from infection. Paul Verrico, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, investigates whether that is the case. It is, of course, correct that employers in the UK owe […]

How to balance business transformation with business as usual

Future-facing projects need to be designed for speed and tolerant of failure, says corporate innovation specialist Chris Locke. This year may well be remembered as the year of the retail apocalypse, with iconic brands including Thomas Cook and Mothercare succumbing. However, it’s not just the retail sector that’s felt the pinch. Across every business segment […]