July 11, 2015

Play to Your Strengths but Don’t Overdo Them!

When preparing for interview, etiquette is that you ramp up your strengths and minimise your weaknesses. You don’t pretend that you have none because that would be a lie and it’s the quickest way to lose credibility with the interviewer. Rather, you would identify a weakness, describe what you have […]
July 4, 2015

Want Your People to Listen? You Need to Become a Gossip!

It used to surprise me which aspects of a company communication people heard. Rarely would it be the facts. Given that I’ve always operated in senior management positions, I’ve been privy to the intended messages coming from the top; and often witnessed a mismatch between what management were trying to […]
June 27, 2015

Overwhelmed by Business Growth? Upgrading Comes With the Territory!

Inevitably there are growing pains associated with a new company start up; and I look back with pride at how well I navigated through those early years. Determined not to become one of the 80% of businesses that fail within twelve months of opening their doors (or any year since […]
June 20, 2015

Consider Your Team Credible? Influencing Capability can be Lost as Well as Gained!

  Influencing capability is something that clients often ask me to help them with. Sometimes an individual leader makes the request on the back of a promotion. And they recognise the requirement to make a greater impact. Other times it’s a team request. And they ask me to help them […]
June 13, 2015

Laziness or Procrastination? No Matter, Delay no More!

A client asked me why some people work hard and it feels like play; whilst others are drained by it and feel every minute of the effort they put in. At the point of asking they were feeling miserable about how little time they had to get stuff done. I […]
June 5, 2015

Thinking About a Change in Direction? It’s Less Risky Than you Think!

I was asked for some careers advice this week by someone who wants to work in a related field and they are struggling to find an occupation which is affiliated to their degree. In fact, it’s a question I get asked a lot; sometimes because individuals decide they want a […]
May 29, 2015

Why all Businesses Need a Little Poetic Licence…

Alan Rickman is one of my favourite actors and it turns out he’s pretty good at directing too. His latest film, ‘A Little Chaos’ is fantastic: gripping, moving, both funny and sad in places; a thoroughly good watch and highly recommended. That is if, like me you allow yourself to […]
May 22, 2015

The Tips and Tricks of Decision-Making

There’s a lot of information on the web about decision-making if you care to look for it. This would suggest it’s a topic of interest; perhaps because we have to make decisions every single day and maybe because we don’t always get it right. Sometimes, it can feel like we’ve […]
May 15, 2015

Exceptional Employee! Shame About the Attitude…

It’s been all over the news this week that Kevin Pietersen will not play for the England cricket team this summer after Andrew Strauss, Director of Cricket said there was a “massive trust issue” between them. Having been sacked by England in 2014 and told he would never play for […]
May 9, 2015

It’s a Results Business!

A phrase often used by managers of sports teams when they (or one of their colleagues) get the sack. Equally apt to describe the latest election results given that three party leaders all resigned their posts within an hour of each other; once they realised the exit poll predictions were […]
May 1, 2015

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss When You’re the CEO!

A quote from Dilbert’s CEO struck a chord and reminded me of some of the ‘real life’ characters I’ve worked with over the years: “I read a book about how to be a great leader, and realised I don’t do any of those things. I’m surprised that a book with […]
April 17, 2015

Have you Nailed Your Colours to the Mast? Time is Running out!

Listening to the radio recently, I heard an individual describing how they had first entered into politics. They were confused about the different parties’ policies and with a general election looming, they decided to get involved. My ears pricked up when she said she had taken a couple of blind […]
April 9, 2015

Want to Engender Trust? Then you Must Show Consistency!

A colleague recently gave me a book to read; a book given to him by a professional who operates in the same industry I do. He knows I’m interested in what others in my field are talking about. More than that I’m curious about the author and wonder what story […]
April 2, 2015

Five Ideas to Keep Staff Motivated Through Change

A question I get asked a lot is “How can I keep staff motivated during a difficult period of change?” A great question, especially since the pace of change is a constant challenge for managers in organisations. That and the resistance most people display (initially at least) in response to […]
March 27, 2015

Questioning Whether You’re Leadership Material? You Need to Care About People!

Sitting with a senior management team this week, we were talking about the relationship dynamics between certain individuals and the best way to address the impact that conflict was having on the organisation. Inevitably the conversation turned to leadership behaviours (or lack of them); the need to raise individual awareness […]