Insights 

Footdown has worked with gifted and charismatic business and thought leaders over the years. Many of these people have been kind enough to share their valuable insights with Footdown and we are proud to publish these here. 
 

Three tough questions leaders should ask every employee  

Article by guest contributor Mathew Olmstead Last week my family and I were taking a bike ride. Along our path was a young couple taking… 
 

Leading Change: direction amidst complexity  

‘Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible… 
 

5 Leadership Principles for Leasers in New Roles  

Article by Guest Contributor Mathew Lee Olmstead. Often when I speak about leadership to a group of individuals, my direct reports and others within the organisation… 
 

What Makes a High Performing Team  

By Sales Director Stephen Liebmann The difference between a winning and losing team is nowhere more clearly illustrated than in the ‘arena’ of professional sport… 

Change Requires Courage  

“Optimism is true moral courage” (Ernest Shackleton) It is submitted that courage is a habit, which means that like all habits “it can be learned.”… 

Competitive Advantage with Self-Concordant Goals  

Leaders who say that their people are their greatest assets and behave like it are not just altruistic. They could be gaining a competitive advantage... 
 
Fewer than 10% of organisations* actually succeed in building a performance culture, and even the ones that do may find it hard to maintain... 
 
 
This month we’ve seen Glassdoor publish their findings on the top 50 businesses to work for in 2017 and hot on its heels we’ve now seen the top 25 tech companies to work for in 2016 too. Clearly it’s that time of year for staff surveys.... 
 

The importance of emotional polling reports  

Article by Footdown Head of Research Tegan Allen. The result of the UK parliamentary election was a shock to many and a surprise to most… 

Leading in a High Performance Workplace  

Article by Footdown Director Mike Carter ‘I can’t retire until I croak. I don’t think they [other people] quite understand what I get out of this... 

Reflections on Teaching  

Dr Mike Carter looks at some recurring themes which came to light during his recent MBA tutoring sting with the University of Bath... 

The how to "boil an egg" of business strategy  

Ten years ago, when Footdown Chairman, Andrew Mercer, left America having sold his business to Oracle, he was left with two fundamental questions. Had he known… 

Culture, Communication, Reputation, Leadership Style  

Article by Footdown consultant Will Jefferson. The player I most admired from my cricket career, of all those I played with or against over 12… 

Limitations of Logic  

When IBM successfully pitched its super computer ‘Deep Blue’ against the chess Grand Master Kasperov in May 1997, it revealed more than the huge advances in… 
 
A High Performing Team is a group of people who successfully work together towards a common goal and, with the right balance of support and challenge, achieve outstanding results. Footdown believes High Performing Teams have... 
 
 
The Insights colours – Fiery Red, Cool Blue, Sunshine Yellow and Earth Green – help explain just why having an understanding of what is important to others impacts on the nature of how we effectively communicate. 
 

Andy Flower: Lessons from cricket become lessons for life  

Article by Footdown Consultant Will Jefferson. The player I most admired from my cricket career, of all those I played with or against over 12… 

The impact of negative energy in the workplace  

Article by Anya Buchan Most of us will know what it feels like to be full of positive energy; we’re motivated, enthusiastic and lively. We throw… 

Curiosity Made The Difference  

Views of a CEO - by Mike Roe It’s amazing what you can learn about your business and your own leadership if you listen… 

How a coaching style of leadership creates a High Performance Workplace  

Imagine a place where: Your people constantly surprise you with their passion, ingenuity and commitment Your values are the driving force behind what you do, and… 

Personal Needs - Who Needs Them  

Before I joined Footdown I had a great conversation with the CEO – Mike Roe. This was unlike any interview I had ever had. For one… 

Why the West needs another Churchill  

The January attacks in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo raise an important question about the increasing fragility of what the media generally refer to… 
 
Andrew Mercer, Footdown Chairman, recalls how the unforeseen demise of his first major company led to the creation of Footdown and Footdown's F1.1 Organisational Intelligence Platform.... 
 
 
In a highly competitive industry like the legal sector, one small advantage can make all the difference....