Curious about the latest thinking from the world of coaching and leadership?

Your reading time is precious, that’s why we do the hard work, identifying bite-sized relevant material from reliable sources. Articles that will inspire you, spark your curiosity and challenge debate. At Springboard Future, we provide the tools that stretch your thinking, enabling you to keep up to date with the latest management trends and insights.

As well as offering extra reading and inspiration, the articles and stories posted here are a great way to promote discussion about leadership topics and trends.

Developing a culture of reading and inquiry around development strategy and theory is key to growing leadership potential.

Are you making the most of your middle managers?

Middle management is often overlooked or misunderstood. We think this is a great shame. Many businesses are missing out on the potential of this group, who are uniquely positioned to provide insight on both the upper and lower levels of the company.

Five reasons why virtual coaching is so effective

Like many of you, we’ve had to change how we work to adapt to life during a pandemic. Where we used to meet people in their offices or a public space for coaching sessions, now most of that work has moved online.

 

 

These six trends will shape the future of coaching

To repeat something you already know, the world is changing fast right now. Many of these changes are happening on a national or even international scale, but they end up having a profound effect on businesses and individuals too. And of course, that in turn affects what type of coaching is needed to meet people’s new needs.

Why is management team coaching key for upscaling fintechs?

Today’s VUCA environment presents a unique opportunity to fintechs which have completed later funding drives and are now looking to upscale. Senior managers at those companies should prepare for some big changes to their team, though, and even their own roles.

 

 

The latest view from Simon Sinek on middle management

To be a successful coach, you need to be constantly learning. We always keep our eyes peeled for new and useful insight, and recently, Simon Sinek’s talk on the importance of proper training and support for middle management really grabbed our attention.

Eight self-care tips to give your career longevity

Women at Work, one of our favourite podcasts from Harvard Business Review, always gets us thinking. Their episode on burnout and self-care was no exception, raising interesting points about self-care in and out of the workplace. So what exactly is self-care, and why is it so important for career longevity?

 

 

What exactly is burnout, and how can you avoid it?

Woman working at laptop late at night, burnout, thumbnailBurnout is a complex topic, but one that business leaders really need to understand. That’s why we found the HBR Women at Work podcast’s episode on burnout so insightful. Here we take a look at what exactly burnout is (it’s not just stress), and why it’s so important to avoid it.

14 books every leader should have on their shelf

Woman reading at home by bookshelves, thumbnail

Every leader has a responsibility to keep improving themselves, and finding new ways to bring out the best in others. Luckily, there are some amazing resources out there for proactive leaders looking to get better at what they do. We’ve curated a list of 14 books we think will help you on that journey.

 

Inspiring women and the lessons they’ve taught us

Illustration of two women of different ethnicities with hands on hips, faces in profile, thumbnailAs a female-founded company, we’re always keen to celebrate the achievements of exceptional women from around the world. And of course, the lessons we learn from these women are reflected in the daringly different virtual coaching we offer our clients.

Matthew Syed on power dynamics and diversity

Thumbnail diverse team brainstorming at a boardWe all know that diverse teams tend to have better business outcomes. But this is only true when leaders can bring out the varied perspectives of that team. We love Matthew Syed’s insight into how power dynamics affect leaders’ ability to do that.

 

 

How middle managers can keep their teams focused on results

Hand pointing to the side, balancing a stack of blocks which spell out the word Middle managers know that results matter. They have to monitor their team’s progress, outlining clear deliverables and sharing results with other parts of the organisation. But they can’t be the only ones attentive to results. In successful teams, everyone stays focused on their goals.

How can a welcome kit improve your onboarding process?

The main things any prospective employee considers are what the job entails, what their salary will be, and what benefits you offer. But in recent years, we’ve seen a growing trend of offering attractive welcome kits as part of the onboarding process. So how do you get the most out of them?

 

Four ways to create a failure-positive workplace

The only way to progress is to try new things. Of course, not all of them will work, so if you’re afraid of failure you’ll find it very hard to achieve your goals. If you can develop a more ‘failure-positive’ mindset, for both you and your team, you and your organisation will be able to develop a lot more.