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 […]
September 13, 2015

3 Key Things a Great Leader Should Remember

When asked what I believed to be the three key things a great leader should remember, I took a moment to think about it. Arguably, I could have answered this student’s question in several different ways. Leadership is such a broad subject. And numerous definitions abound. So, I thought about […]
September 5, 2015

Want to Improve Employee Effectiveness? Think Quality Over Quantity!

Whether wearing my General Manager or HR Director hat, staffing issues were at the centre of most business conversations with colleagues. You could guarantee that as soon as things picked up a manager’s first port of call would be to submit a recruitment requisition. Rarely did they question what people […]
August 29, 2015

Hungry to Learn? Your Clients will Benefit!

The longer I’m at this game the more I realise how much there is to learn about my specialist field. Research is being undertaken all the time, spawning new ideas and innovations in leadership; what it means to be an exemplary leader and how that directly impacts business performance. At […]
August 20, 2015

Success is Both Frequent and Fleeting. Make Sure you Notice!

The concept of success comes up a lot in conversation and the more I debate it the more certain I am that it’s a hungry beast; never truly satisfied. With the best of intentions we set goals and objectives; then life gets in the way. It derails our efforts or […]
August 13, 2015

When in Rome, do as the Romans do – Clear Vision, Simple Strategy

I was tempted to say ‘when in Manchester, do as the Mancunians do’ but the expression doesn’t have the same ring to it or indeed the global recognition. There are lessons we could learn from the Romans; one being that they knew how to keep things simple. They built straight […]
August 7, 2015

Think you Know What Motivates People? One Man’s Rubbish is Another’s Treasure!

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned about managing people is that motivation is personal. Regardless of any blanket schemes that have been put in place, it is always best to ask people individually what motivates them. An obvious assumption many businesses make is that employees are all motivated […]
July 31, 2015

Worried About Being Pigeonholed? Niching in Business is a Good Thing!

Business people tend to worry that they will lose revenue if they choose to focus in on specific products and services; in fact the opposite is true. Focusing your mind on a niche or two has a dramatic impact on company resources; not least your time and energy and on […]
July 25, 2015

You Get What You Pay For…

…And you’ve proved that expression to be absolutely true. Feedback from a client recently to describe the value they get from Robertson Fox. It’s a delicate balance. You pay a price for a service and in return you get value; and the client is always in control of that because […]
July 18, 2015

Think you Have Clarity on a Situation? Wait Until You’ve Heard Everyone Else’s Perspective!

In conversation with colleagues, we were discussing workload for the coming week and I mentioned that I was scheduled to do some individual coaching for one of my company clients. It was a standalone session with a short-term specific outcome. What followed was a debate about the motivation of the […]