December 2, 2017

Want to Improve Productivity? Learn to Live for the Present!

Did somebody mention presents? This is the time of year with an emphasis on giving to others. Why not adapt that mindset for yourself too? Perhaps the greatest gift you can give yourself this Christmas is to learn to live in the moment. And to fully immerse yourself in the […]
November 18, 2017

Boost Your Inner Confidence With a Can-do Attitude!

CEOs and MDs know how to make decisions. Everyone looks to them for answers and that can be a constant stressor: having to ‘appear’ smart whilst ‘feeling’ dumb. Whilst the outward persona is one of certainty; inwardly the inner confidence is taking a knock. I’m not afraid to ask questions. […]
November 11, 2017

When Leadership Traits Derail Business Success

Demonstrating leadership traits is not the prerogative of CEOs and MDs; or their leadership teams. In fact, it is the responsibility of everybody in your employ. In setting the mission, vision and values you decide what’s important, in terms of leadership traits and behaviours. And companies that are successful have […]
November 3, 2017

People not Meeting Expectation? Hold Yourself to Account!

Meeting expectation (or not) depends on multiple factors. It’s so much more involved than people simply doing what you ask them to do. Many highly accomplished business leaders shy away from making bold decisions when it comes to managing people. They communicate the standard and then allow people to fall […]
October 28, 2017

Dream big? Focus on the Wider Goal!

When we say that we want to have, be or do something – and it doesn’t happen; what does that mean? You were sure you wanted it. You’ve planned for it. Also, you know how attaining it contributes to the wider goal.  And yet you’re left empty-handed. You wouldn’t want […]
October 20, 2017

The art of Receiving Feedback

At some point in their career every people manager has learned the importance of giving and receiving feedback. It’s a critical skill for anyone needing to engage with and influence another to do a job for them. A coaching client once said “The boss wants me to speak up more […]
October 14, 2017

The Impact of Goals on Performance

Research tells us that individuals who set specific, difficult goals perform better than those who set general, easy ones. That makes sense when we define them for ourselves. What happens when someone else creates them for you? And what happens when your boss dreads the task? The reality is that […]
October 7, 2017

Changing the Perception of Human Resources

To some businesses Human Resources is a necessary evil. In a previous role I took on the challenge, as Human Resources Director, to change that perception. I fulfilled my objective of showing the Executive Board that Human Resources is a value-add function. The clue is in the name. The function […]
September 15, 2017

Beware Infinite Patience Masquerading as Long-Term Strategy!

A lack of patience was one of my shortcomings when in salaried employment. Now, as CEO and business owner, that impatience for results is a prerequisite of the job. Nevertheless, infinite patience and utter impatience both have implications for long-term strategy. Also, they undermine corporate performance. Patience is a virtue. […]
September 8, 2017

The Overwhelming Temptation to Micro-Manage!

Business leaders are proactive individuals. So, the need to interfere can be compelling! And yet, to micro-manage is to stifle creativity. More than that, we risk disenfranchising members of our leadership team. And we risk losing the good will of our people. We know that’s not how people learn or […]
August 25, 2017

Why is Humility Such a Challenge for Business Leaders?

When I think of humility I think of people like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. They are larger-than-life personalities. Their humility is surreal; a brand of leadership in its own right. I wouldn’t know where to begin emulating people like that, quite frankly. Feeling congruent comes to mind […]
August 18, 2017

Why Instant Gratification is a Curse for Employers

Those of us with years of work experience under our belt are used to biding our time. We’re accustomed to waiting for clients to be ready, willing and able to work with us. We wait for cash to come into the bank. And we wait for people to deliver on […]
August 11, 2017

The Invaluable Nature of Executive Coaching

Through Executive Coaching I understand only too well the importance of having clarity about what you want; and an evidence base for success. Armed with that knowledge I’ve still made life hard for myself, on occasion! And I’ve moved on an aspiration without having all the ingredients in place that […]
August 4, 2017

CEOs and MDs Must Stay Prepared for Business Success!

Research has shown that, the biggest challenge CEOs and MDs will ever have, is to balance immediate priorities whilst planning for the future. The following quote from Littlefinger (Game of Thrones) captured my imagination in relation to this concept: “All our troubles will come to an end; or life will […]
August 2, 2017

Martin Ware’s Story – Business Coaching (2017)

I’ve come into business coaching with an open mind. I’ve tried to be brutally honest with you and with myself. Sometimes that’s been quite difficult. I’ve tried to think through some of the questions you’ve posed and that’s helped me to rationalise what it is I’ve been trying to deal […]