About Dorrian Aiken

What I do: As a leadership development coach, I make connections for non-academics of a world of discoveries and experiences that help to change lives and relationships for the better. In the world of work, and especially for those in leadership, practical focussed steps help leaders see complexity in their own context – how the pieces of ‘me’, ‘we’ and ‘world’ fit together. The interlocking patterns are obscured to us for a number of reasons, not least because we bump up against a multiplicity of world views, each with its own set of beliefs, governing thoughts and actions – and all of which are present amongst us right now.

Why Leaders need to Adopt a Deep Work Strategy to be Better

How much of your workday is spent reading and answering emails, rushing to meetings - and how much of it is spent making a meaningful contribution to your team, or your career as a whole?   Cal Newport, an assistant professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author of the recent book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success [...]

Why building trust should be your next biggest investment in your organisation

Intuitive and emotionally intelligent leaders are aware that there’s been a definitive shift in the corporate environment. We used to say: time is money and it used to be true. But with individuals requiring a level of autonomy in the workplace, we now realise that trust is money.   The shift from time to trust does make sense. We’ve been [...]

Beyond the Boardroom: Why Leadership is More Important than Ever

Leadership is often pigeon-holed as a desired skill or attribute in the limited context of the workplace. While good leadership is crucial in organizations, it is also a human quality that should be nurtured in every person. If you are thinking that not all of us can realistically be groomed be President, CEO, manager or team-lead, you are not wrong. [...]

Why your technical expertise doesn’t guarantee you’ll be a good leader

In most organisations, the natural progression for the star in the team is the promotion to team lead or manager. And while that might be a step up, most individuals feel ill prepared for the new responsibility of leading. Old school management styles are no longer relevant in modern places of business - managing a team is not the same [...]

How emotional intelligence will set you apart as a leader

For too long, organisations have viewed emotional intelligence (EI) as a soft skill, or a nice-to-have in the candidate who is being promoted into a leadership position. But there is a reason why some people are more influential than others. Once you acquire the education and training required for a particular career path, it’s not your IQ that will set [...]