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One of the first things we tell participants is that our Stand & Deliver foundational presentation skills workshop has a ‘cry factor’ of about 9. (Note: All Combustion workshops have a ‘cry factor’ rating which might tell you a lot about our weird and wonderful ways.). Despite it having been deemed “better than therapy” by some, faces usually blanch. Looks are exchanged. Nervous titters. A hand is raised. “Umm, what does that actually mean?” We explain that what we’re trying to help them do is find their voice. The authentic stripped down one. Not the bullshit persona that’s been built up as armor from years of negative criticism, fear and… Read more >

Let’s face it – even a leader with a healthy ego knows he or she can’t succeed alone. Success depends a lot (maybe even entirely) on the performance of our people. So as ‘Wise Leaders’, we’re always keeping an eye on them – it’s a big part of our job. But what are we looking for? Our human tendency is to always be on the lookout for problems. In fact our brains are hardwired to be on guard for potential threats to our existence, which is why we survived as a species (thanks brain!). If you extend this into leadership, the perceived ‘threat’ can come in the form of a… Read more >