How To Disagree With Your Manager – And Still Retain Your Job

Is your boss sometimes wrong? Do you know it and they don’t? Does confronting your boss make you quiver with fear and make you want to ‘just get on with your job and not rock the boat’? I know what you mean. You’re worried that you might be seen as negative, or the boss might[…..]

Six Qualities Leaders Need Today

I was asked an interesting question via email this week that made me stop and think. The question was, What leadership qualities are most needed in today’s time of great change? I believe leaders play a vital role in each and every business today, and no business can afford to carry passengers. So, I believe[…..]

How To Make The Job Interview Successful

How do you feel when you need to interview for a new post? Nervous? Anxious about making a mistake? Don’t worry, you’re in the majority! Most people have concerns about making decisions based on how a person comes across in a false work situation. Remember, the interviewee has prepared well, is on their best behaviour,[…..]

Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

De Bono’s ideas of thinking hats go back over 25 years but is still seen as relevant as much today as back then. The idea allows for different modes of thinking, allowing a problem to be seen from different perspectives. It encourages you to choose a deliberate focus during a discussion that suits the needs[…..]

Kotter’s Eight Phases of Change

In today’s business world, the ability to lead change has become one of the most fundamental skills needed by managers in successful organisations. John Kotter found through his studies of over 100 companies that there was a clear distinction between leading change and managing it.

15 Things a Manager Won’t Say On Their Deathbed

We go through life sometimes with our heads spinning, and often feel like a hamster on one of the wheels in a cage. We climb the ladder of success, rung by rung, step by step, only to find when we reach the top that it’s been leaning against the wrong wall. When you look back[…..]

Creating a High-Performance Team Culture

When you are manager of a team of people, you carry a heavy responsibility to create an environment for them to perform at their best. If you’re not getting the best out of them, ask yourself how much of the blame you personally have to accept for the results. Are you helping your team members[…..]

Keep Up To Date With The Bribery Act 2010

I’ve had a couple of chats with some business colleagues and it has surprised me how little thye knew about the new Bribery Act that came into force in April 2011. In fact one of them hadn’t actually heard of it, which may be worrying because it states that companies need to adopt a policy[…..]

Enhancing Team Performance

There are many obstacles to effective teamwork. If you have problems encouraging your team to work together effectively and have challenges helping people reach their full potential, here are some ideas you might want to try: First, make sure you create clear goals for the team. Team members have to believe their journey embodies a[…..]

Nurture Your Team To Achieve Results

We had beautiful weather in our part of the world during April. May hasn’t been as good, but we still had some sun and it’s definitely warming up. Before you check to see if you’ve accidentally stumbled on the weather blog(!) can I just say that my purpose isn’t to give you small-talk or just[…..]