February 17, 2017

Need to Boost Retention of key Talent? Respect Their Aptitude!

Retention of key talent is a primary concern for organisations. It’s all well and good to focus your efforts on ‘star performers’. In addition, remember to include those ‘normal’ performers who are equally critical for the success of any change effort. We each have a natural propensity to perform well […]
February 10, 2017

Hard to Sustain Success that’s Unprecedented!

Achieving success for the first time is hard enough. To sustain success once you’ve reached the pinnacle is exceptionally difficult to do. Pat Riley, a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association, wrote a book about his coaching career. He identified unexpected achievements, like Leicester City Football Club […]
February 3, 2017

Transformational Leadership Expected of Women and Appreciated in Men!

The research says we expect women everywhere to do transformational leadership rather than transactional leadership. We assume that women will be nurturing to their teams and be team players. Furthermore we anticipate they’ll bring people on and that they’ll take on all those developmental roles in the organisation. And they […]
January 27, 2017

Thrown off Your Game? Finding Your Niche is Key!

If finding your niche is a key component of success then Mischa Zverev has the answer. He knows his niche as a tennis pro. Because of his recent performances the tennis world has been buzzing with chatter about the lost art of ‘serve and volley’ tennis. He’s the only male tennis […]
January 20, 2017

Underestimate Self-Knowledge at Your Peril!

Executives and senior managers cannot afford to underestimate the importance of self-knowledge. Failure to face reality can destroy your career and your business. Usually, when I ask a company director for their biggest challenge, you tell me that once you reach that new level in the organisation, you stop receiving feedback. […]
January 20, 2017

Abi Humayun’s Story – Executive Breakthrough (2016)

“Your differentiator as a coach Robyn is the ability to talk to you about all areas of life; not just work, because these days work and life aren’t necessarily separated.” I feel like today has closed a chapter for me; a very hard chapter and I want to maintain this […]
January 13, 2017

Work-Life Balance in Need of Repair? Consistent Focus is Key!

The desire to achieve work-life balance is one we all share. Some are more successful at it than others. One of the reasons it eludes us is that work plays an important part in all our lives. It provides us with purpose, challenge, and an occupation. Furthermore, it puts bread […]
January 7, 2017

Succession Planning Fails Without Leadership Development!

Do you and your organisation approach succession planning proactively?Have you identified the person who will take over from you? And do they know?! Professional athletes train hard. That’s a given. Of some we are in awe – take a bow Sir Andy Murray! And yet, putting the most hours in […]
December 30, 2016

Can Micro Breaks Increase Productivity? Only if you use Them Wisely!

Want to increase productivity at work? Frustrated that tasks always take longer than you anticipate? Disappointed that your people dwell on jobs much longer than you would like? Well, the answer may lie in our approach to coffee breaks. Whether it’s beneficial to take them at all is in question; […]
December 23, 2016

How A Well Formed Outcome Prevents Time Wasting!

One of the conditions of a well formed outcome is the locus of control. Does the person responsible for delivering on that outcome own it? And can they maintain it through to conclusion? More often than not, the answer to this question will pre-determine the way things turn out. So, […]
December 15, 2016

How to Guarantee Unparalleled Business Success!

There are no guarantees for business success; we know this. And yet the thought piqued your interest just the same, did it not? Is that because the optimist in you can imagine the possibility? Of course, one of the great presuppositions of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) reminds us that ‘what’s […]
December 10, 2016

Why Meaningful Communication Shouldn’t Become a Thing of the Past…

Remember when writing to a pen friend was a common form of communication? My mum had a pen pal when we were growing up. She lived in Cambridge and once a year would come up to Manchester and stay with us for a week or so. I can still recall […]
December 4, 2016

What’s Irresponsible Behaviour Without Consequences? A Complete Lack of Ownership!

A proven track record can be favourable or disadvantageous. We tend to think of a proven track record as being a predictor of future behaviour when making a new appointment; the assumption being a positive outcome. Beware of developing a negative track record! It’s quicker to build a reputation for […]
November 26, 2016

Have an Emerging Coaching Style? Be Curious About People!

Business is about people. They make companies function well and they can cause them to fail spectacularly. Over the long term, successful organisations are those comprised of people-focused leaders. Those who can adopt a coaching style of management. Consider how you came to work in your industry. Did you choose […]
November 19, 2016

Think of Yourself as a Transformational Leader? Forget About the Detail!

Have you ever started out in a position conducive to you being a transformational leader? A role that fitted you perfectly? Only to find somewhere down the line that you had become a square peg in a round hole? It’s happened to me in the past. And I’ve found myself […]