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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? (more…)

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The Structure of Real Rapport

You know that the best way to influence another person is to build rapport first. The best way to do this with integrity and honesty is through a process called Matching. Matching is the process where you adjust the same aspects of your external behaviour…

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How to Discover What People Expect of You

As a manager, how do you discover what people expect you to do? What feedback do you want that will help you improve your game and create opportunities for expansion in the future? The best way yet found to increase knowledge is to ask questions.…

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Defining and Modelling Excellence

  Who wouldn’t want their team to exhibit excellent work? The main reason I see managers complain about the quality of work produced by their teams is because we rarely talk about what excellence looks like and how we would know if it actually occurred.…

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Book Review – Managing by Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg’s book ‘Managing’ has received excellent reviews, and it’s got a good slot in my bookcase. The management guru talks about popular but false views about the nature of managerial work, separates fact from myth, and provides the best information yet published on what…

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Looking From A Different Perspective

Some managers were given the task of measuring the height of a flagpole. They looked at the task and discussed how it should be done. Ladders were purloined and tape measures  employed. Managers tried to climb the ladders, without success. The tape was dropped and…

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How to ensure MAGIC meetings

Meetings can be testing, even for the most prepared manager, and most people will agree that the amount of time wasted in meetings could be drastically reduced if several steps are taken. And those steps are fairly simple and straightforward. (more…)

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How Focus Can Get Results

In a recent article on FOCUS, we outlined the five ways that focus can gain effective results. By aiming specifically at a goal, it’s like aiming a laser beam at a target; you go straight for the heart of the matter and identify how the means will achieve the…

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How To Make Sure They Get it Right First Time

On one of our programs, a manager remarked that he had a team member who, no matter how he gave directions of what should be done, always failed to comply. It wasn’t a matter of competence or illiteracy…they just failed to do what was asked…

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How To Get Organised

Organisation skills…is that an oxymoron? Are we able to organise ourselves and learn actual skills to be able to do it? Well, in order to achieve any kind of results, there are certain steps you can take to achieve the level of organisation that helps…

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Make Personal Mastery Your Goal

  Don’t think that Excel is just a spreadsheet. To excel at something is a pinnacle of achievement. Personal mastery begins with a vision of what you want to achieve in your life or at work. Some of us may have goals and objectives, but…

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Become a First-Class Conversationalist

Meeting and talking with others is an excellent way of honing your thinking skills and becoming a person that others seek out for advice and information. So here are some ideas when we want to improve our hit rate when conversing with someone. (more…)

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