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. …


One of the most challenging aspects of living in the information age is that, as it implies, there is so much information around that we are asked to digest. One of the big things that meditation and mindfulness can offer us is a way to deal with this challenge.

Many of the mornings I wake with a sense of having just a bit too much information to deal with. As I sit for breakfast, part of me is tempted to grab my phone and start reading the news online. Often, there is not so much that I am interested in…


Six Minutes to overcome your emotional reaction

Many of us know what it is like to be triggered.

By triggered I am referring to moments when an event or action or situation ignites our own subconscious perception of danger or risk or breaches our tightly held values.

The trigger event sets off the instinctive and fastest part of our brain before we even have a chance to consciously process the information. This means that the brain has sent signals to the central nervous system and synapses are firing our body u to respond. The trigger is an apt word as…

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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