News & Resources to Help Your Organisation Succeed

At Sigmoid, we believe in building strong teams and a collaborative culture to drive organisational performance. We regularly update this page with the latest research, observations, and thinking from New Zealand and around the globe.

Workplace Coaching Isn’t Just for Bosses Anymore

Workplace Coaching Isn’t Just for Bosses Anymore

April 07, 2021

To retool companies for the new world of work, managers need fresh insights into what makes their teams tick. With staff routinely working from home, and many expecting to visit offices much less frequently, leaders can no longer rely on water-cooler moments to fuel innovation and growth.

One solution is performance coaching, a talking technique that proponents say can untangle gnarly workplace problems. Coaching has long been the preserve of senior management, but leaders and coaches alike say it’s time to open it up to lower-level workers.
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Help Your Employees Find Purpose -- or Watch Them Leave

Help Your Employees Find Purpose -- or Watch Them Leave

April 07, 2021

If the tumult of 2020 has prompted your organization or leadership team to reconsider people priorities such as employee well-being, resilience, or purpose, then you’re in good company.

Your employees are reconsidering you, too.

Nearly two-thirds of US-based employees we surveyed said that COVID-19 has caused them to reflect on their purpose in life. And nearly half said that they are reconsidering the kind of work they do because of the pandemic. Millennials were three times more likely than others to say that they were reevaluating work.

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Work Culture Is Key to Stakeholder Capitalism

Work Culture Is Key to Stakeholder Capitalism

April 07, 2021

Today, people have higher expectations of the organizations they work for, purchase from or invest in. Employees, consumers, shareholders, suppliers, governments and communities demand responsible organizations that are grounded in purpose and committed to delivering long-term value.

In this world of heightened corporate social responsibility and the renewed shift toward stakeholder capitalism, the promises companies make must be kept. And the only way to keep brand promises is with a purpose-driven culture.

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Make Time for “Me Time”

Make Time for “Me Time”

April 07, 2021

Do you feel so busy that you don’t have the bandwidth to think about your own needs, let alone do anything about them? Maybe you’re constantly thinking about work, or worry that you’re not proving yourself or your value if you aren’t available 24/7 (especially if you’re working remotely). Perhaps you’re juggling childcare, eldercare, pet care, or other family commitments. Or maybe you’re just caught up in the regular “life” tasks of paying bills, keeping a clean house, and managing the day-to-day. How do you carve out time for yourself, your health, and your needs when you’re always on?
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Organisational Learning Tools: Creative Tension

Organisational Learning Tools: Creative Tension

by Harold Hillman

Creative Tension is the natural tension generated by the 'tug-of-war' between our current reality and our vision for the future. In this video, Dr. Harold Hillman discusses the importance creative tension in our lives, and the fact that we never actually achieve our vision as it is a continually moving target.
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Organisational Learning Tools: Blinking Words

Organisational Learning Tools: Blinking Words

by Harold Hillman

Blinking words are those in a conversation that can be interpreted in many ways, depending on the perspective and experience of those sitting around the table. Dr. Harold Hillman discusses the importance of identifying the blinking words used in organizations to allow for more meaningful discussions.
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Organisational Learning Tools: The Left Hand Column

Organisational Learning Tools: The Left Hand Column

by Harold Hillman

Inner dialogue is the 'private conversation' that we hold with ourselves. During our conversations with others, also known as 'public conversations,' we filter the private conversation and only make public that which we assume will be accepted by others, or will assist us in getting what we want. Dr. Harold Hillman talks about the importance of sharing our 'private conversations,' also known as left hand columns, to increase the quality of our thinking and decisions.
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Organisational Learning Tools: Learning Conversations

Organisational Learning Tools: Learning Conversations

by Harold Hillman

Effective leaders are also effective learners, which means that leaders have to make sure they facilitate high quality conversations with maximum learning. The ability for a team to learn together makes it easier for them to lead together.
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Magic Talk Radio: The Importance Of Diversity And Inclusion In The Workplace

Magic Talk Radio: The Importance Of Diversity And Inclusion In The Workplace

Each Sunday, Harold talks with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio. Today's conversation is on the 'importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.'
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Magic Talk Radio: Building your personal brand - The power of the Golden Circle.

Magic Talk Radio: Building your personal brand - The power of the Golden Circle.

Each Sunday, Harold talks with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio. Today's conversation is on 'building your personal brand.
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Magic Talk Radio: Productivity at Work - Insights Post COVID Lockdown

Magic Talk Radio: Productivity at Work - Insights Post COVID Lockdown

Each Sunday, Harold talks with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio. Today's conversation is on 'productivity at work - insights post COVID lockdown.
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Magic Talk Radio: Ramping Up Empathy Post-Pandemic

Magic Talk Radio: Ramping Up Empathy Post-Pandemic

Each Sunday, Harold talks with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio. Today's conversation is on 'ramping up empathy post-pandemic.'
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Real People Interview: Navigating Life and Business With John Spence

Real People Interview: Navigating Life and Business With John Spence

In this interview, Harold talks with John Spence, one of the top 100 business thought leaders in America. In this interview, John talks about his interesting path through the education system, his work with global executives, and his thoughts on leadership and navigating the ever-changing business world.
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Real People Interview: David Marquet, nuclear sub commander and author of 'Turn the Ship Around'

Real People Interview: David Marquet, nuclear sub commander and author of 'Turn the Ship Around'

Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Hillman talked with L. David Marquet, a top graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and commander of the nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe from 1999 to 2001. As commander, he transformed the sub from “worst to first,” and achieved the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.
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Never let a good crisis go to waste. Navigating and embracing change and uncertainty in the world.

Never let a good crisis go to waste. Navigating and embracing change and uncertainty in the world.

Harold talks with Dr. Charlotte Roberts about navigating and embracing change and uncertainty in the world. Charlotte offers some great insights and practical tips on how we can navigate through this turbulent time.
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Real People Interview: Russell Pickering, Professional Actor, Director & Executive Coach

Real People Interview: Russell Pickering, Professional Actor, Director & Executive Coach

Harold interviews Russell Pickering, a professional actor, director and executive coach. 

In this interview, Russell discusses his upbringing and how he moved into the world of acting, some great thoughts on authenticity and presence as related to leadership, and his upcoming book – Persuasive Speaking for the Considered Leader.

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Authentic Leadership & Why it Matters

Authentic Leadership & Why it Matters

In this video, Dr. Harold discusses why authentic leadership matters.
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The Seven Elements of an Authentic Person: Why it Matters

The Seven Elements of an Authentic Person: Why it Matters

In this video, Harold discusses the seven elements of an authentic person.
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The Importance of Authenticity: Harold's Personal Story

The Importance of Authenticity: Harold's Personal Story

Harold shares his personal story on why authentic leadership is important to him. He shares his upbringing from the projects of Washington DC, becoming a clinical psychologist, working in the US Airforce Academy, then entering the corporate world as a senior executive.
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