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 […]
March 20, 2015

Education is the key to Freedom!

One of the mantras my mother used when we were growing up. She convinced me (my sister less so) that a formal education and the resulting qualifications were important. I dutifully obliged and it certainly gave me a good footing on the career ladder and a mindset that means I […]
March 14, 2015

All Work and no Play? Who’s This Jack Character Anyway!

I used to joke about the number of times I’d miss out on a family function or a night out with friends on the basis that I still had work to do at the office. Let’s face it, when do we ever roll into work at 11am on a Monday […]
March 5, 2015

Want to Take a Seat on the Throne? Management Succession is Anything but a Game!

Management succession done well is an objective exercise. And it puts the needs of the organisation on a par with individual aspiration. Leaning too far in either direction will inhibit progress and can negatively impact long-term business success. Having watched every season of Game of Thrones on TV, I find […]
February 27, 2015

How Good are you at Self-Promotion? Make Sure you Live up to Expectations!

Looking forward to a one day ‘Train the Trainer’ programme I’d booked to attend, I was brimming with enthusiasm and imagining the many different ways I would be able to use the material with clients. The end product turned out to be a let-down. The content wasn’t the issue; it […]
February 20, 2015

Good at Multi-Tasking? Some Things Call for Your Full Attention!

In having a debate about ‘Leadership’ with colleagues and what it is and isn’t; I was introduced to the concept of ‘Continuous Partial Attention’; a term coined by Linda Stone in 1998. My first thought was that this is the same as multi-tasking but apparently not. When we multi-task we […]
February 7, 2015

Ever a Place for Office R.O.M.A.N.C.E? Seven Golden Rules to get it Right!

If you’ve ever engaged in a workplace romance (or worked in Human Resources and had to deal with the fallout) you will know that they are great fun whilst they’re going well and can be a career disaster when it all goes horribly wrong. So, how can you ensure your […]