Aligning Responsibilities When Running a Project

Many projects are run successfully with excellent results. Others seem to fizzle out or run aground on the rocks of poor communication. What specifically contributes to a well-run project? Well, in our experience, it is the alignment of responsibilities and the adequate leading of the available resources that drives successful results.

Principles That Lead To Better Performance

It’s among the most frequent questions asked by managers on our programmes: How do I get the best performance out of my employees? How do I manage performance well enough to get the best results?

What Fuels Long-Term Business Success?

What fuels long-term business success? Not operational excellence, technology breakthroughs, or new business models, but management innovation—new ways of mobilising talent, allocating resources, and formulating strategies. Gary Hamel’s book, The Future of Management, outlines the fact that innovation and creativity is vital if managers are going to survive much further into the 21st century.

Managing Communication And Information Through Push And Pull

Not so long ago, the era of broadcast media was when information was pushed on us. We had little choice on what we saw or experienced when we were watching training videos…whatever was on the film or in the book, we had little input or reply to. This was known as the era of ‘push’[…..]

Great Questions To Ask When Coaching

When you coach someone, you are essentially teaching others how to learn, improving your team member’s ability to solve problems, find answers and learn new skills efficiently. You can also coach to help the team member remove obstacles in their way to achieving their goals. I’ve listed some questions that might be really helpful for you[…..]

How To Effectively Work To Deadlines

One of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams, wrote about his publishers’ deadlines: “I love deadlines; I love the whooshing sound they make as they pass by!”

Two Qualities That Will Immediately Improve Your Management Skills

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna.  The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

How The Urgent Overshadows The Important

On one of our courses, we were discussing why managers don’t always get done in the day what they need to get done. Most managers tell me that they are driven by the ‘urgent’…and that interferes with what is ‘important’.