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The One Word That Ensures Commitment To Improvement

Leading team members to improve their performance is probably the biggest topic of conversation that we have on our management courses. Most managers ask how they can encourage people to accept responsibility for their own performance, rather than having to force or tell people what…

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How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

How innovative is the culture within your team? When we discuss that subject with managers, we often get negative responses because  they feel that innovation and creativity belong to the ‘out-there’ types of business, committed to blue-sky thinking and with their heads in the clouds.…

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Take Responsibility and Be Proactive

Anne Frank once said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.” Our moods often dictate how we appear to people. Others only see our behaviour, which is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to who we really are.…

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How To See From A Different Perspective

I was reading about a case where the arbitration organisation, ACAS, were brought in to a dispute between two parties in an organisation, to help sort it out. One statement in the article intrigued me. (more…)

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!” (more…)

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Why We Procrastinate And How To Overcome It

I love John F. Kennedy’s quote….”The best time for fixing the roof is when the sun is shining!” (more…)

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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’. (more…)

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How Others See Management Today

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where…

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Does Your Attitude Set The Example Or The Warning?

Management’s attitude can show itself in many ways. There is a saying that you cannot NOT communicate. (more…)

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