Mike Brent

MA, Dip Mgmt, Dip Mkting, MSc, MSc

Mike Brent specialises in leadership, team-building, influencing, coaching, cross cultural management, leading change and personal development. His interests include how to foster self-awareness and creativity, and how to challenge effectively. Mike is widely published in the areas of influencing, coaching and leadership.

Prior to joining Ashridge, Mike was Head of HRM at Rennes Graduate Business School, France. He has worked as a management trainer and consultant with international companies such as GE, ABB France Telecom, ICI, Volvo and Bang & Olufsen. Mike has extensive international experience delivering seminars around the world including Japan, China, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, Canada and South America.

Mikes academic achievements include an MA in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, Diploma in Business Studies from Clermont Ferrand, Diploma in Marketing from Besancon, MSc in Organisational Development from Portsmouth University and the Ashridge Masters in Organisational Consulting.

Mike Brent

Publications

The Leader's Guide to Coaching and Mentoring: how to use soft skills to get hard results

Brent, M., & Dent, F. (2015) The Leader's Guide to Coaching and Mentoring: how to use soft skills to get hard results. FT Publishing International.

The Leader's Guide to Managing People: How to use soft skills to get hard results

Brent, M. & Dent, F. (2013) The Leader's Guide to Managing People: How to use soft skills to get hard results

The Art of Influencing

Dent, F. & Brent, M. (2011) The Art of Influencing, Facing the new reality - is collaboration the way forward?, 23 - 25 March, Alicante

Influencing: The key to successful business relationships

In business, a high proportion of your working day is spent relating to other people - as a leader you need to focus as much on communicating, creating and developing effective working relationships, as you do on the functional aspects of your job. Fiona Dent and Mike Brent describe a range of tools and techniques to make you more effective in this crucial skill of influencing.

Dent, F. & Brent, M. (2011) Influencing: The key to successful business relationships, 360° The Ashridge Journal, pp. 8 - 15, Spring

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A Leaders Guide to Influence, How to use soft skills to get hard results

Brent, M. & Dent, F. (2010) A Leaders Guide to Influence, How to use soft skills to get hard results, FT Prentice Hall

No More Heroes

Brent, M. & Mckergow, M. (2009) No More Heroes, Coaching at Work, Vol. 4, Issue 5, pp. 44 - 48, September

Influencing: Skills & Techniques for Business Success

Dent, F. & Brent, M. (2006) , Influencing: Skills & Techniques for Business Success, London: Palgrave, ISBN - 10: 140 399 6687, ISBN - 13: 9781403996688

To use or not to use - Shakespeare in Management Development

Examines how Shakespeare might be used in training and development

Brent, M. (2005) To use or not to use - Shakespeare in Management Development, Training Journal, October

The Coaching Manager

Brent, M. (2004) The Coaching Manager, theHRDirector, Issue 3, February.

Why Don’t More Managers Coach?

Coaching as a management style has clearly become very popular. However, many managers seem resistant to the idea. Mike Brent sets out the forms of these resistances and examines some ways of overcoming them.

Brent, M. (2004) Why Don’t More Managers Coach?, Training Journal, January.

Influencing Skills

Brent, M. & Dent, F. (2002) Influencing Skills, Training Journal

The Art of Coaching

Brent, M. (2002) The Art of Coaching, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, Spring.

Coaching for Development

Executive coaching is a growth business.The marketplace is increasingly crowded with messianic motivational coaches. Amid the hype, the real power and purpose of coaching can be forgotten. Mike Brent brings coaching back to the basics of learning and development.

Brent, M. (2002) Coaching for Development, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, Spring.

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Team Building

Brent, M. Ward, K. & Kennedy, M. (2000) Team Building, Innovations

Self Reflection - The Source of Personal and Leadership Development

Brent, M. Matheny, J. (2000) Self Reflection - The Source of Personal and Leadership Development, Organisations & People, Vol7, No 4, Nov

Corporate Fools and Villains

Brent, M. (2000) Corporate Fools and Villains, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, Winter

Self Awareness and Leadership

Brent, M. & Matheny, J. (2000) Self Awareness and Leadership, MIL Institute Sweden

View from Here – An Interview with Philippe Sella

Brent, M. (1999) View from Here – An Interview with Philippe Sella, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, April

Action Learning - Conference Presentation

Brent, M. (1997) Action Learning, International Trainers Conference, Penang Malaysia

The Effective Trainer in Uzbekistan

Brent, M. & Branch, J. (1996) The Effective Trainer in Uzbekistan, Gestion 2000, December

Organisational Change at Smithkline Beecham

Brent, M. Beaumont, P. & Obermann, M. (1996) Organisational change at Smithkline Beecham, European Industrial Relations Review,p. 265, 19 February

A New French Course in Business Ethics

Brent, M. & Grinsted, S. (1994) A New French Course in Business Ethics, European Journal of Business Ethics, 3.3, July