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.

Executive Coaching vs Mentoring

The Differences Between Executive Coaching vs Mentoring

July 31, 2021

Executive coaching vs mentoring - which of these is right for you and your team? You already know your people are your most valuable resource - which is why you want to invest in them and help them grow. But should you go with an executive coach or a mentor? What are the differences between mentoring and coaching?

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Executive Coaching Best Practices

The Top 10 Executive Coaching Best Practices

July 21, 2021

Before you hire an executive coach, you need to be well aware of what it takes to truly see a return on the investment. There are some best practices you must follow when working with an executive coach to get the most bang for your buck - which is important if you're allocating business funds towards this.

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Is Executive Coaching Worth It

Is Executive Coaching Worth It For A Business?

July 01, 2021

You have so many different areas you can invest in your business - specifically, your employees - which begs the question, is executive coaching worth it?

We're going to take a deep dive into the pros and cons of an executive coaching relationship to help you understand what you're really getting yourself into before you pull out your checkbook or business credit card.

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Who Needs Executive Coaching

Who needs executive coaching?

June 22, 2021

If you're wondering whether executive coaching is right for you, you've come to the right place. Today, we're going to break down exactly who needs executive coaching, and the different ways it can help you or the executives on your team become better at what they do.

You might be thinking to yourself, I don't think my team needs executive coaching - we're killing it right now!

It's a common misconception that you only need executive coaching when things are running smooth. In fact, this may be the very best time to seek out an executive coach - so that growth doesn't have to stop.

Before we explain who exactly can benefit from executive coaches, we're going to give a quick explanation of what executive coaching consists of.

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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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