December 21, 2013

Want to Make a Change? Learn From the Ghost of Christmas Present!

The Ghost of Christmas Present transports Ebenezer Scrooge around the city. He shows him scenes of festivity. And he shows him scenes of deprivation. Both are happening simultaneously. So, in order to see the need for change, we must recognise the reality. Some people are struck by the low points. […]
December 15, 2013

Work-Obsessed? Heed the Ghost of Christmas Past!

The Ghost of Christmas Past took Ebenezer Scrooge on an unwanted journey of repentance. It showed him how his work-obsessed personality traits would eventually compel Scrooge’s fiancée to leave him. Now I’ve put in excessive hours at work over the years. And no-one has left my employ because of it. […]
December 7, 2013

Want to Make Progress? Ring the Bells of Change!

Without doubt, change is happening constantly. If you want to make progress as a business owner, then you need to be change-ready. Only then can you respond appropriately to the evolving needs of your stakeholders. And of course, the fluid environment we’re operating within. To do that you need to […]
November 29, 2013

Putting Our Best Foot Forward…

We needed more office space and as part of the resulting expansion the Executive Board members moved to an upper mezzanine floor. These offices were made of glass. Not only could people see what the Board members were up to – simply by walking along the corridor – you could […]
November 22, 2013

We’re Perfection in Progress. Pursue Excellence Instead!

Running two businesses and remaining relevant to both client groups requires continued effort. Adopting the view that I’m perfection in progress has been my salvation. Knowing when and from whom I inherited a perfectionist mindset helps. And knowing isn’t enough. We have to take action to adopt a new attitude. […]
November 16, 2013

Seeking Feedback Scary? There are Benefits too!

We have many opportunities for seeking feedback. Some present in the spur of the moment. At other times it may be the result of conscious effort. Whether we then take on board what we hear is a different matter. Our long-standing Christmas tradition is a case in point. Every family […]
November 9, 2013

The Power of Collusion: When Naughty can be Nice!

What a thoroughly enjoyable experience it was to meet up with an old work colleague recently for a proper catch up.  The only sticking point was her choice of venue: Slattery’s – famous for its chocolate and uniquely designed cakes!  Nothing wrong with that necessarily, except we were both on […]
November 3, 2013

Let Me Tell You a Story…

Once upon a time, still a mere slip of a girl, I applied for a job in recruitment with an up and coming agency. I liked the founders and was excited by the prospect of working with them to grow their client base. Already working with some big companies, representatives […]
October 26, 2013

Conspicuous by your Absence? The Business Needs You!

Early in my career, I remember the regional manager asking me whether I ever went into work on my day off. Given that I worked 13 day fortnights at the time I thought his question choice. No-one could accuse me of being an absent leader! He explained that people behave […]
October 20, 2013

Who Wields the Branding Iron? It Should be You!

It’s interesting that as business professionals, we wouldn’t question the need for employers to develop a corporate identity and brand.  Most of us recognise the importance of having a shop window and unless you work for a high street retailer that’s usually a website. As customers we want to browse […]
October 13, 2013

Natural Talent: A Blessing or a Curse?

One of my old bosses, CEO of a FTSE 250 Application Software business at the time, believed you could always spot the people who would go on to be successful in their chosen field. He deduced this from their work ethic and attitude towards the job. The ones who will […]
September 30, 2013

Bouncing Back from a Tragic Event

We need to know we have enough personal resilience to draw upon when needed. And I questioned whether sharing this sad personal story was the right thing to do. Then I figured, stuff happens to all of us from time to time – often when we least expect it. Good […]
May 6, 2013

Micro Meetings that Pack a Punch!

How often have you put off having team meetings because let’s face it, you have enough of them scheduled in your calendar already, most of which take up valuable time with very little output? Well, let me tell you about a client who has shaken things up a bit when […]
May 4, 2013

When you say you CAN’T, you MUST!

A strong statement which struck a chord with me when I heard it some years ago and it still rings in my ears whenever I catch myself saying “I can’t do that.” The first time I became conscious of uttering those words was whilst watching a video of people climbing […]
February 5, 2013

Happier People Achieve More! How Much More Productive Could You Be?

When I was asked to give a talk on ‘learning how to be happy whilst pursuing what you want’ I thought the timing was apt, given that we were still early on into a new calendar year. An interesting topic, it is much more positive than a pep talk on setting and […]