Leadership is a Journey, Not a Destination

  Many of our management development programmes highlight the ability of managers and leaders to get the best from their teams. Some managers assume that when they have completed a programme that automatically makes them a successful manager, someone to be looked up to, because they now have all this extra knowledge. They think they[…..]

How To Get Rid Of Negative Speak

Is it really necessary to highlight the differences between Negative & Positive Language? You wouldn’t think so. And does it really matter anyway? Does it make a difference if we speak with negative undertones rather than sharing the PollyAnna world of Positive Thinking. Isn’t Positive Thinking overrated anyway?

How To Get People To Own Their Goals

On a recent management course, one of our trainers was discussing the idea of setting goals with some delegates. He said to the first volunteer, “Stand here and your task is to throw as many screwed-up pieces of paper as you can into that waste bin a few feet away”. The volunteer stood up and,[…..]

A Story That Describes Why Some Managers Are Successful

A lion is basking in the sun when a fox comes along, looking upset. “What’s wrong?” asks the friendly lion. “My watch is broken”, replies the upset fox. “Give it to me; I’ll fix it for you”, says the lion. “How can you fix it?” replies the incredulous fox. “Your paws and claws are too[…..]

Do You Still Use Interviews To Select For Jobs? Here’s an Alternative

So many managers have told me about their hiring nightmares. They have advertised effectively, drawn a good number of highly-impressive CVs and held a lot of interviews. But no matter how well the person did at interview, they say that the person rarely lives up to the initial promise that they sold at the interview.[…..]

How and Why Feedback Can Help You Improve

How often do you proactively initiate feedback from your team members? I don’t mean the ad-hoc, daily discussions that are necessary for getting work done; I’m referring to the type of feedback that gives you direction, vision and strategic information to help you run your department effectively? Any professional organisation will require that there is  employee[…..]

Are You Dealing With Your Team’s Basic Needs?

  You will have heard of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Motivational Needs, and they are still very relevant to today’s culture and societal direction. However, since Maslow’s time, others have taken these ideas of motivation and developed them to reflect the changes we constantly go through. Among these is Tony Robbins, whose thoughts have influenced[…..]

Overcoming Resistance To Change

Our last blogpost covered the diagnosis and planning of any change initiative. Change, though, will often be hampered by resistance from people who might be affected by it. So firstly, why would people resist change, and then, how can we overcome this resistance?