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 […]
October 24, 2015

Thank you for the Music. One Girl’s Legacy…

The lyrics of this Abba song express a young girl’s gratitude for all the music in the world. It allows her to showcase what she feels is her legacy: the ability to sing beautifully. It’s a simple statement. And it succinctly reflects her natural talent. If you’ve ever taken the […]
October 18, 2015

Lessons in Change From a Personal Perspective

We’re always hearing ‘sound bites’ about the importance of focusing on what we want rather than what we don’t want. It’s an obvious message albeit perhaps not so easy to do. It’s natural to become distracted by the thoughts and actions of others; and the impact of this can be […]
October 10, 2015

Time is Precious so why do we Abuse it?

Spending time at a friend’s house one Saturday afternoon, their seven year old daughter was waiting for her father to take her to a birthday party. He was doing his emails and kept putting her off with “Another five minutes honey and I’ll be done”. The party started at 2pm […]
October 2, 2015

Seasoned Manager or Young Leader? It’s a Matter of Perception!

Reading an article concerning ‘what younger managers should know about how they are perceived’ got me to thinking about self perception. The article described older managers as ‘seasoned veterans’ (which they defined as over 45 years of age) and ‘young leaders’ of 30 years of age or less. I’m wondering […]
September 25, 2015

Suffering With Piles? It’s Time to get Organised!

Having spent much of the past week designing a new product I’ve been mindful of all those smaller jobs winking at me from the sidelines. When I look closer I can see that all the important tasks have been completed; it’s mostly the follow up actions and administrative elements that […]
September 18, 2015

How to Make Public Speaking Enjoyable

I wouldn’t describe public speaking as a fun thing to do. Typically, it’s a specific skill set we acquire; and only then with a ‘needs must’ mindset. The latest public speaking engagement I fulfilled proved to be my best to date. I can say that with certainty because the audience […]