November 12, 2016

Found a Winning Formula? What Worked Yesterday may not Work Tomorrow!

Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about our ability to bring out the best in people and there are a myriad of different ways to do that. In fact, there are probably as many permutations as there are people in leadership roles. The danger comes when we adopt an […]
November 5, 2016

Why Business Leaders Must Keep on top of Pressure Problems

Some mental traumas play out in front of our very eyes. I’ve seen business leaders lose it on the ‘shop floor’, to everyone’s horror. And the individual concerned has been completely unaware of the impact of their behaviour on employees. Take the Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios, 21 who was […]
October 28, 2016

Physician, Heal Thyself. How’s That Working out for You?

Whenever I raise a question or express uncertainty in my own life, some friends (not all) will say “Well you should know, you’re the coach” – helpful, not. There seems to be an underlying assumption that my role is to listen and offer insight to their narrative; whereas, in my […]
October 20, 2016

Employee Behaviours That Leave you Aghast!

A friend, currently living in India, circulated a video of their gardener mowing the lawn. Rather than using a lawn mower (which I am reassured they do possess), he was trimming the grass on his hands and knees with a pair of pruning shears! Several thoughts popped into my head, […]
October 15, 2016

Opportunity Knocking? Timing is Key!

In talks with a company that is new to Robertson Fox, it became apparent early on that they have a strong culture of learning and development; not that this should come as a surprise. What I found impressive however, was the Chief Executive Officer’s story. It turns out that after […]
October 7, 2016

The Power of the Silver Lining…

It’s common knowledge that our latest England manager has lost his job, after he was filmed offering advice on how to ‘get around’ rules on player transfers. Given his unreserved excitement at having finally secured his dream role, and to lose it again after one game in charge; we can […]
September 29, 2016

Alignment and Autonomy – a Contradiction in Terms?

Birds do it; fish do it; most companies wish they could do it. Let’s do it, let’s find a way… …to achieve both alignment and autonomy in the workplace. Birds do it through team work and co-ordination. Each bird is able to act independently whilst ensuring the group behaves cohesively; […]
September 23, 2016

The Speed Boat and the Liner…

An analogy used by one Senior Manager to describe the differences between his team and their Managing Director. The MD is likened to a speed boat travelling at eye-watering speeds; worlds apart from the larger plodding liner. The team are compared with a ship designed to transport people from one […]
September 16, 2016

Progress is Incremental; Success Subtle. Take Time to Notice Your Achievements!

“This is a ‘red letter’ day”, exclaimed my singing tutor. I had no idea what she was talking about. It was something to do with the way the air had moved on my palette as I was practising the exercises. The change was too subtle for me – I couldn’t […]
September 10, 2016

Pressured to the Hilt? Make Challenges an Art Form!

Rarely a week goes by without a curve ball or two being thrown in my direction; sometimes it’s a systems issue but mostly people are doing the throwing. So, as each week draws to a close, I reflect on the many and varied challenges that have presented themselves directly; or […]
September 2, 2016

Want to Foster Higher Performance? You Need to Show Your Support!

Sitting across from an employee, clearly distressed by the notion that his job was at risk, he exclaimed “Why are you being confrontational?” Shocked by his response I explained that by giving him all the facts I was supporting him in making an informed choice about the best way to […]
August 26, 2016

Learn to Spot Patterns so you can Replicate the Good Stuff!

Reading, or lack of, is a problem many of us share. I know lots of people who wish they read more. In practice, it’s usually the last item on the list and therefore the one we rarely get around to; either because we run out of time or are simply […]
August 19, 2016

Procrastination or Development? Sometimes one Facilitates the Other!

Do you sometimes feel inspired to do something; even motivated enough to get started; only to realise a week, a month, a year later that it’s still on one of your earlier ‘To Do’ lists? Phew. I’m relieved to hear that I’m not on my own! Yes, it happened to […]
August 12, 2016

Worried About a Silo Mentality? It Trickles Down From the Top!

You’ve no doubt heard the expression ‘working in silos’ – when one system, process or department works in isolation from the others. This common problem in organisations is more than a cliché. A continual headache when I worked for a company that grew through acquisition; much of my time was […]
August 5, 2016

Under the Cosh and not Feeling Creative? Make it Routine!

For a long time I’ve resisted being told (by me) how and when I should tackle certain aspects of my work – mostly writing or product design which require creative thought. My belief is that I’ll always feel like doing something on any given day; and so all my projects […]