February 5, 2016

Have a lot of Open-ended Projects? Time to Close the Circle!

Developing a product or service, or simply starting something new requires a lot of our time and energy. There are deadlines to be met (self-imposed or otherwise) and most everything else ends up on the back burner. What typically happens is that we work flat out to complete the assignment […]
January 29, 2016

Affected by Outside Influences? It’s all Between the Ears!

It’s exciting to see more young British talent coming through the ranks and now regularly qualifying for the major tennis tournaments. Even more impressive is Johanna Konta’s success at the Australian Open making it all the way to the semi-final before losing to the world #7. Much has been made […]
January 23, 2016

Prefer to go it Alone? Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Teamwork!

I usually avoid watching animal programmes because they have a habit of making me cry! Nevertheless, I felt compelled to watch a documentary about the first nine months in the life of a baby penguin living in the Antarctic. Despite the harsh conditions, Emperor penguins spend their entire lives on […]
January 15, 2016

A Prophet is Never Recognised in Their own Country!

We make far too many assumptions about how our conversations are received (and processed); and we take it for granted that people ‘get the message’ when the reality is most people don’t – or they take away one we hadn’t intended. For example, if our customers don’t know the full […]
January 7, 2016

Started the New Year in Overwhelm? Time for Some Creative Planning!

How can it be that so many people start the first working day of the first working week of a brand-new year feeling overwhelmed? Planning is the culprit; it’s both helpful and necessary for progress and it also alerts us to exactly how much we have to do (or aspire […]
December 31, 2015

Career Landscape Less Than Ideal? It is What it is so Make it Work for You!

This habit of blaming everyone else for current circumstances has been playing out in the Premier League of late and I’ve been following it with interest over recent weeks. You may be aware that José Mourinho, Chelsea’s high profile manager has been sacked and there seems to be a split […]
December 25, 2015

A Creative Call to Action…

I love the creativity of this advertising board sat outside the venue for a recent Christmas party. It portrayed a light-hearted call to action: “Come in, buy our wine and drink at the bar.” By its very nature advertising is designed to draw us in, hoping we will feel compelled […]
December 17, 2015

I Just Called to Say…

Business is all about relationships; no matter what line of work you’re in. Even if you consider yourself to be a left brain techie who works discreetly in a back office role, you have stakeholders; people for whom your work is of value. Without someone to buy, sell or in […]
December 13, 2015

Not Where you Expected to be? Boost Your Progress and Dress for Where you Want to end up!

As we enter another holiday period it’s time to take stock: of the business (if you have one); our role and contribution within that; our career goals and of course our personal aspirations. How I approach this has changed over the years. I haven’t always enjoyed creating business plans for […]
December 5, 2015

Adopted a Fixed Mindset? Time to Wipe the Slate Clean!

Have you noticed how easy it is to think you’ve nailed something down only to discover, further down the line that what you are doing is no longer relevant? I am mindful that successful outcomes are born out of routine; and the ability to repeat behaviours and activities that work, […]
November 26, 2015

Leadership Practices That are so Last Year!

It’s a challenge keeping employee motivation high. That’s because so many frustrations are born out of poor leadership practices. Whilst they are usually executed with the best of intentions, they can have a detrimental impact on employee productivity and engagement. Here are 5 leadership behaviours that are worthy replacements for […]
November 20, 2015

Who do you Hold in High Esteem? Join Them on That pedestal!

We’ve all done some hero-worshipping in our time (go on, admit it). The context may change as we grow older – moving from pop groups to actors to successful entrepreneurs and great leaders. And yet I wonder if the route of that admiration stays the same. Are we not in […]
November 14, 2015

Experiencing Undesirable Behaviour? We Teach People how to Treat us!

“No-one is forthcoming with ideas in this place. The business would stagnate if I wasn’t involved at every level.” A complaint made by a Managing Director client who believed they had to do everything themselves or the work wouldn’t get done. They were misguided. When I spoke with members of […]
November 7, 2015

Adopt a Management by Objectives Approach? Management by Aspiration gets Better Results!

Having been responsible for leading teams of all shapes and sizes throughout my career (and because I am curious about people behaviour) I have learned that employees have more than one way of operating. They have different styles of social behaviour that vary from one context to the next. For […]
October 31, 2015

Prepared for the Unexpected? It Doesn’t have to be a Disaster!

Leaving the house at 6am I was struck by the sight of a beautiful sunrise. Because it was so early I was able to stand in the middle of the road to take a photograph. That then set me off on a train of thought which has led to this […]