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Stargazing – spotting trends in ‘Star Leader’ for 2017

OvationXL meticulously tracks which business performance themes come out on top from the eight themes identified for candidates undertaking 1‑2‑1 coaching for commercial/professional service organisations and for independent schools/colleges

PART ONE:

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

Top 12 scorers from well over 300 topics raised by members of SLT/SMT – January 2016/June 2017

In control of emotions (raised 27 times)

Managing negativity in self and others

Managing impatience and moodiness

‘Reframing’ bad events

Planning for, delivering and following up on difficult conversations (raised 26 times)

Managing increasing parent power

Managing the more challenging members of Common Room

Self-awareness (raised 25 times)

Greater awareness of positive and negative impact on others

Bolstering self-confidence and self-worth (raised 23 times)

Resilience in role. Confident decision taking

Achieving more in a finite timescale (raised 22 times)

Prioritisation of effort

Leadership - developing skills within top team (raised 20 times)

Advanced communication skills (raised 19 times)

Learning to communicate with people who are different to oneself

Bolder and more proactive (raised 16 times)

Tackling problems quicker

More authoritative. Lessening endless consultation

Planning upward promotion to Deputy Head/Head (raised 15 times)

Strategic/commercial thinking (raised 12 times)

Maintaining optimal numbers thorough strategic change

Crafting long term plans and key messages

Fundraising options and approaches

Re-energised (raised 11 times)

Managing stress/anxiety

Learning how to relax in down time. Back in control

Life/work balance (raised 10 times)

Working hard whilst having a life

Learning how to relax and enjoy oneself during one’s down time

PART TWO:

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES/COMMERCIAL/RETAIL

Top 12 scorers from well over 300 topics raised by top management - January 2016/June 2017

Self-awareness (raised 36 times)

Greater awareness of positive and negative impact on others

In control of emotions (raised 32 times)

Managing negativity in self and others

Managing impatience and moodiness

‘Reframing’ bad events

Leadership - developing skills within top team (raised 27 times)

Bolstering self-confidence and self-worth (raised 26 times)

Resilience in role. Confident decision taking

Advanced communication skills (raised 24 times)

Learning to communicate with people who are different to oneself

Achieving more in a finite timescale (raised 24 times)

Prioritisation of effort

Clarity at the top (raised 22 times)

Board level working

Strategic/commercial thinking (raised 21 times)

Long-term thinking. Driving strategic change. M&As.

Refreshed key messages/brand values

Business turnarounds

Re-energised (raised 18 times)

Managing stress/anxiety

Learning how to relax in down time. Back in control

Planning promotion to CEO/Divisional Head (raised 15 times)

Bolder and more proactive (raised 12 times)

Tackling stubborn or sudden problems quicker

More authoritative. Successfully lessening endless consultation

Motivating people plus delegation (raised 12 times)

Getting the best from one’s team