Strategy advisor and author Peter Bregman recently wrote about a better way to handle email in the Harvard Business Review. Instead of keeping Outlook open and sending, reading, and responding to mail continuously, he recommends scheduling several specific email sessions — each one a particular length, like 30 or 60 minutes– throughout the day (such[…..]
On one of our courses on Emotional Intelligence, the question came up “Does an Emotionally Intelligent manager ever get angry?” Do you think being angry shows a weakness on your part? Even if you feel angry, does that mean you should bottle up your emotions and not show any signs of it, so you always[…..]
Giving feedback is one of the most under-rated forms of communication in management. If you don’t give quality feedback, or do it too seldom, you are, in effect, instituitionising mediocrity within your workplace.
As a manager, you need to sell. That is, selling a picture to all who will listen of what the future could be. You are, effectively, persuaders of a vision. Of course, there’s a great distrust today of leaders because of their motives, broken promises and misguided decisions. So how do you persuade others without[…..]
When I ask that question of managers, I normally get a negative response; that is, they don’t think there is one trait that should be singled out above all others. Much better to be a rounded-out manager, rather than depend on a one-size-fits-all skill that can’t be applied in every situation.
I love the British Summer…it’s my favourite day of the year! I was enjoying a good round of golf during a particularly warm spell last month, and was really enjoying it. Well, when I say ‘good’ round, it depends on your definition of that adjective, but for me…hitting par on two holes in succession is[…..]
Bronnie Ware, an Australian author, wrote a fascinating article called “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying”. She’s now made these comments into a book, and it really hits the mark when we consider what really matters to us.