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The 8 Attitudes and Beliefs of Successful Leaders

When you consider the truly great leaders of our time whether that is in politics, business, not for profit, arts, or public sector they all share similar values and beliefs.  In today’s post, I want to share 8 key attitudes and beliefs of successful leaders.   First Some Definitions Before I share the values and beliefs to consider, I want to explain what I am referring to and some descriptions. [...]

Underperformance: 5 Early Warning Signs It’s Happening In Your Team

Managing underperformance is a part of the management process that not all managers enjoy!  While many grasp the nettle and tackle the issue before it becomes bigger, others avoid it for as long as they can and sometimes until it becomes a significant and time-consuming problem. There is also a third scenario, and that is when a poor performer goes unnoticed for too long. This [...]

7 Strategies To Keep Top Performers Motivated Part 1

Did you know that a high performer can deliver 400 % more productivity than the average performer? No, me neither, I knew it was significantly higher, and this figure astounds me. It does makes me wonder how much in the day to day busy life of senior leaders and managers focus on managing and keeping top performers motivated?  A few years [...]

Does Performance Management Still Have a Place In Today’s Workplace?

“Performance Management isn’t dead. The old way of thinking about it is.” Anita Bowness   You will no doubt have heard about the discussions on the value and relevance of performance management with many global companies such as Coloron, GE, Accenture, Deloitte and Google announcing that they are moving away from their traditional performance management systems. Now, this is where it [...]

How Good Is Your Feedback Capability?

Last time we shared the all-powerful skill will matrix as a starting point to improve performance across your team.  However, to ensure the skill will matrix is working well for you as a manager you will need to develop several skills includings;  your coaching capability  your skill in giving feedback  Both coaching and feedback are huge topics and ones that when mastered lead [...]

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, [...]