In our recent research on Leading Virtual Teams we revealed the critical importance of Trust. Whilst trust has always been a core quality of high performing teams, it’s relevance has taken on heightened meaning in the move to virtual work and the current levels of uncertainty about the future. In this podcast we discuss Trust as a core team leadership practice, and explore 3 key questions.

Listen to the Podcast: https://xdirections.com/trust-in-a-virtual-world/

Originally published at https://xdirections.com on September 6, 2021.


We are living in the post Covid era where remote and virtual working are now common. This means that talent pools have become even more international and diverse, and this in turn is driving an urgent need for international organisations to be adopt inclusive practices in their leadership and key teams. If we add to this the rapid rise in business innovation, and the need for even more agile teams, it means that Inclusive virtual teams have become an absolute business necessity. At least for organisations wishing to expand and grow across boundaries.

Today, it does not matter where talent…


There is a lot written about the organizational benefits of inclusion. And as we enter a phase of even more accelerated change, these benefits, including innovation, agility, and robust decision making, take on even greater importance. We also know that there are deep seated systemic reasons why inclusion can be hard to achieve. Currently a lot of focus is placed at addressing these systemic issues through organizational initiatives such as unconscious bias training, or amending external recruitment practices.

Inclusion is now very important for all organizational leaders, and yet there many individuals who don’t know how to evaluate their own…


If you are an organisational leader or high potential thinking about how you can advance your leadership capability, then “graduating” as a coach could be a great way forward. When you learn to coach, you are learning a new way to lead, and it is an approach that can elevate your leadership and help you to stand out from others. A leader who adopts a coaching style, delivers broader impact as you learn how to accelerate the transformation of others. In fact, it could be argued that coaching is now best practice for leaders. As organisations are increasingly moving away…


Whilst many corporate leaders are doing their best to turn around businesses with innovation and even the odd bold pivot, we are also entering a time of significant organisational restructure and downsizing. A large number of jobs are being lost and careers are having to be re imagined. And along with this is a huge structural change taking place in the nature of careers. Executives and middle managers losing their jobs now, may find this next career transition to be very different. The old paradigms about surfacing a new role may no longer be as useful.

We have been carefully…


Time for a Team Reset?

You and your team have done really well through this period of massive change. However, the extra effort is now taking its toll on results, relationships and wellbeing.

As a team leader you are wondering what is the roadmap to take the team forward?

Listen to the podcast for more details: https://xdirections.com/the-team-reset/

Originally published at https://xdirections.com on September 17, 2020.


Are you wanting to commit to build a resilient team and business; yet unsure how?

Are you eager to make your mark as a resilience leader or as a coach or advisor that can shape resilient organisations?

What is even more important than personal resilience, is building “systemic resilience” so teams and businesses can themselves become adaptable and change ready. This is a must-have for future viability.

  • So how can we start to see resilience as systemic?
  • How can you as a leader build resilience yourself, and then within your team?

Click through to answer these important questions: https://blog.aoec.com/think-resilience-think-systems


How can you better set yourself up for success?

Starting with this simple and effective 10 min morning process that could make a huge difference to your effectiveness each day.

Listen to the audio: https://xdirections.com/setting-up-for-success-morning-intentions/


We regularly reach out to our client base to get their views on a number of important issues affecting their leadership. Recently we spoke to Asia Pac leaders about some of the “regional” challenges they face leading across Asia.

Performance happens in “context” and we believe the themes below are of significant importance when advising and selecting leaders for regional Asia Pacific roles:

Key regional themes:

Complexity. A regional leader and business in AsiaPac face a number of complexities including multiple languages; different cultural nuances; regulatory uncertainty; large GDP growth variations, large variations in population trends — as some countries…


We regularly reach out to our client base to get their views on a number of important issues impacting leadership performance across Asia. Recently we talked to Asia Pac leaders about some of the “regional” initiatives that they are pursuing to unlock greater sustainable performance in their business.

The following emerged as key priorities:

Strategic Innovation

The role of technology is the key to this, however, so are changes in business structures and systems, both formal and informal. One key challenge is that innovation continues to bump into legacy business paradigms. …

Mark Powell

Mark founded XD to help senior executives and their teams to rise to the challenge and become the best they can be by through coaching experience.

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