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 […]
July 29, 2016

Leadership Without Integrity? The Consequences can be Crippling!

Following the news surrounding Sir Philip Green – blamed for the collapse of BHS and the £570m deficit in its pension fund – I wonder how he was able to fool so many for so long. Perhaps he didn’t; maybe those who weren’t involved lacked the courage to speak out. […]
July 22, 2016

We Were all the Future Once…

A phrase used by David Cameron, ex Prime Minister to describe himself; and an example of how we can set off on a career path, with conviction and good intentions and still come a cropper! It’s notable that the things we resolve to change are generally the systematic failures. And […]
July 14, 2016

Ever Wonder What People are Thinking About You? We Must Recognise our Impact!

Having arrived on site nice and early, I was looking forward to working with a client’s Senior Management Team. Well prepared, with lots of exciting material on Leadership, I was imagining with a smile how the day would unfold; until my vision was interrupted by the behaviour of the managers […]
July 8, 2016

Let me Tell you a Secret…

A friend once said that a secret is something shared with one other person; and that comment has never left me. If, when we are told something in confidence, we share that information with our spouse, best friend or close work colleague and they do the same; pretty soon that […]
June 30, 2016

Which is More Valuable, Skill or Attitude? It’s 80% Psychology!

Before England’s football team had navigated their way out of the group stages of Euro 16 Greg Dyke, Football Association (FA) Chairman said that anything less than a semi-final showing would be considered a poor result. He also pointed out that the manager’s job would be in jeopardy. Why on […]
June 24, 2016

Made Your Decision? Show me the Evidence!

There was much debate amongst family and friends about the recent EU Referendum and sharing of third party conversations. What struck me was the number of random reasons people were using to justify their decision about which way to vote. Some of the logic I heard included voting ‘remain’ to […]
June 16, 2016

Recognise an Element of Complacency? Inspiration is a job That Never Ends!

From another room my friend could hear her husband at his computer, muttering under his breath “God, I’m good”. It was a statement he made frequently, when he was focused on his work and thought no-one was listening. Self-approval is something we should all experience; and it does no harm […]
June 11, 2016

Think Like an Entrepreneur? Then Your Role Will Have Changed out of Sight!

The vast majority of small businesses – and the people who found them – remain today what they were when they started: jobs for the people who created them. They set themselves up to do what they love (I hope), but have not learned how to build a business; which […]
June 3, 2016

What Does Your Employee Retention Capability say About You?

Whilst many more people are branching out on their own; the majority continue to work for someone else. And that puts the responsibility for employee retention squarely on the employer’s shoulders. And as the business grows, it’s easy to lose sight of what the company is trying to achieve. This […]