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Underperformance: Is It Capability or Attitude at Play?

I am about to make a statement that might ruffle a few feathers. Do you make ‘judgements’ about your team and their performance? I suspect you do. It’s a common trait amongst many leaders. Understanding your employees and their style is one technique to help the situation. However, there is a stage before, and that relates to your team members ability and attitude related to their performance. This [...]

3 Factors To Consider When Leading Successful Change In Your Organisation

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” This is a quote I am sure most of you will have heard a fair few times. While logically we ‘get it’, it’s still a fact that many people find change challenging. We like our routines and stability, they make us feel safe, secure and [...]

Leadership Challenges: When Your Top Performers Don’t Want to Be Managers Part 2

In my previous post about leadership challenges, I talked about career development and the reality that not everyone wants a management role. I highlighted some data that Harvard Business Review shared a few years ago from Career Builder on what individuals want when it comes to their career which mirrors exactly my own observations working [...]

Leadership Challenges: When Your Top Performers Don’t Want To Be Managers Part 1

One of the key outputs on many a leader’s job specification is to develop individuals within their team to become the future leaders of their organisation. All well and good, however, the new framework for career success needs an overhaul. Truth: Not everyone wants a management role. Many people have grown up with the belief [...]

Why Having a Personal Brand Is Important—And How to Build One

Personal branding is the buzz word in leadership circles now. Not everyone realises that they already have a personal brand at work. Your colleagues, managers, and senior leaders already have a perception of you. They’ve made judgements about you based on a wide variety of criteria, from how your dress and communicate, to how you [...]

What Leaders Must STOP Doing in Order to Succeed

Leadership behaviours ? Something we all strive to develop. As a leader, you’re probably always trying to build your skills. That’s admirable, but it’s also missing a fundamental rule of transformative leadership. That is, leadership growth is often more about stopping doing certain things than it is about doing new things. Our leadership habits are [...]

Are You Surviving or Thriving as A New Leader?

The learning curve when entering a leadership role tends to be steep and scary, but there are plenty of ways you can make the transition easier on yourself—and on your team. If you come in with the right mindset and concentrate on these key leadership skills, you will not only survive as leader, but succeed [...]

10 Effective Team Communication Strategies

Team communication strategies are vital to developing a productive team. It’s that simple (and that powerful), yet a huge number of teams in workplaces all around this globe still find themselves operating in a confused and inefficient manner due to poor communication habits. Clear communication is the core principle of smooth-running teams, and this guiding [...]

How To Manage Difficult Employees: 7 Straightforward Ways That Work

How to manage difficult employees is a ‘must have’  skill for all managers. A single difficult employee can disrupt your team, create a toxic atmosphere in the workplace, and make you want to tear your hair out in frustration.  One person is all that it takes to derail your goals as a manager, so it’s [...]

3 Traits of Successful Leaders

According to the CIM and other respected experts the data related to managers and leaders in the UK is rather dismal. The truth is there is a similar pattern present across the globe. Did you know that four out of five British bosses are 'accidental managers' who have never been trained? This is potentially costing [...]

How To Become The Heart Centred Leader You Want To Be?

Heart centred leadership? With valentine’s day upon us it seems appropriate to talk about one of my favourite leadership traits. The world is in an uncomfortable place. The United States have elected a new president with a unique perspective on many things; while here the UK MPs have voted against guaranteeing EU citizens’ rights ahead [...]

Is It Time To Develop A Growth Mindset?

Interested in developing a growth mindset this year? As 2017 eases in there is one certain way to make it your best year yet and that is to develop your mindset. In different ways, we have been exploring this in our various posts and this time of year is the ideal time to set the [...]

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Self-Belief

As a manager, your team looks to you for strength, leadership, and guidance. If you, like many people, lack self-belief, it will be difficult to provide leadership that is authentic and believable, and even more importantly: Inspirational. If you’re constantly worried about whether you’re truly cut out for the role, that’s a lot of time [...]

New Year Resolutions for High Performing Leaders

New year and new start? Here is something that summarises the essence of our leadership programmes. It is a mindset shift that works. Enjoy!

The 6 Must-Have Skills of Today’s Modern Leader

There’s a shift at play in the world of work. Employees are no longer content to work a lifetime in the same job, tacitly accepting poor leadership from their managers in exchange for a monthly salary. Today, as companies battle to keep employees engaged and people shift jobs regularly when their needs are not met, [...]

Are You (Being) A Great Manager?

There’s been talk in leadership circles for some time about conquering the gap between ‘knowing’ and ‘doing’, but there’s a third vital component related to what it takes to be a truly great manager, which is often forgotten and that is the subject of being. Let’s explore this more by reviewing the knowing, doing and [...]

Listening: The Undervalued Skill of the Modern Leader

Most of us have grown up with the skewed perception that a leader should be the one with all the ideas, and who does most of the talking. However, what’s been dangerously missed in this traditional leadership model is that a leader will not get far without mastering the art of listening to those around [...]

The Surprising First Step To Tackle Overwhelm At Work

Overwhelm at work, not surprisingly is on the increase. Sad to say very little has changed since Deloittes global research insights paper published two years ago. Our obsession with being connected constantly with ‘all and sundry’ isn’t good for us. The Deloitte study revealed that it’s common for people to check their mobile phone upwards [...]

How Successful Leaders Expand Their Comfort Zone

Our minds go to a lot of trouble to keep us safely shored up in our comfort zones. Within these ‘safe zones’ we carry out our normal routine, content in the knowledge that we have the skills and learned behaviours required to manage the situations we regularly face— whether at work, at home, or with [...]

3 Ways To Make Sure Your Foot Is Firmly On The Promotion Ladder

While the common word on the street is that employees no longer stay in one organisation for long, especially Gen Y/Millenials , the data according to a LinkedIn talent survey is quite different. Making an assumption that your next promotion is ‘in the bag’ might now be a tad premature. Consider this: A linkedIn poll [...]