How To Accelerate Your Growth: Be Good At Receiving Feedback

When you have a group of managers together talking about the challenges of their role, how to give great feedback is going to be close to the top of the list. The fact is though; it does not matter how good the feedback is, it is entirely ineffective if not received well on the other [...]

How To Accelerate Your Growth: Be Good At Receiving Feedback2018-04-01T22:03:18+00:00

When To Coach And When To Direct

Over recent years there has been a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the value of coaching. Employee surveys report that employees continue to express the desire to be coached and broader organisational research demonstrates that companies with higher levels of employee engagement also have strong coaching cultures. It seems reasonable to conclude that coaching is an essential skill for managers and leaders. When leading training workshops, I [...]

When To Coach And When To Direct2018-04-01T22:03:18+00:00

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 including;  your coaching capability  your skill in giving feedback  Both coaching and feedback are huge topics and ones that when mastered lead [...]

How Good Is Your Feedback Capability?2018-04-01T22:03:20+00:00

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 [...]

What Leaders Must STOP Doing in Order to Succeed2018-04-01T22:03:21+00:00

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 [...]

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Self-Belief2018-04-01T22:03:23+00:00

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 [...]

Are You (Being) A Great Manager?2018-04-01T22:03:23+00:00

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 [...]

Listening: The Undervalued Skill of the Modern Leader2018-04-01T22:03:23+00:00

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 [...]

The Surprising First Step To Tackle Overwhelm At Work2018-04-01T22:03:23+00:00

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 [...]

3 Ways To Make Sure Your Foot Is Firmly On The Promotion Ladder2018-04-01T22:03:24+00:00

Is Your Lack of Confidence Stalling Your Career?

Some of us misunderstand confidence. We often think it’s the loud, attention-seeking colleague— that domineering person in the office who always has something to say. We forget that self-confidence is actually a quiet, internal thing:  it’s the faith you have in yourself and your abilities. It doesn’t need a megaphone to alert the world it [...]

Is Your Lack of Confidence Stalling Your Career?2018-04-01T22:03:24+00:00

Vulnerability: The New ‘Must Have’ Leadership Skill

Most of us have grown up with the understanding that showing vulnerability at work will negatively affect our careers­— and particularly so for those in leadership roles. ‘Never show weakness’ has been one of the most dominant management mantras of our professional era. Yet a new wave of research shows us that we’ve been going [...]

Vulnerability: The New ‘Must Have’ Leadership Skill2018-04-01T22:03:27+00:00

The 6 Powerful Influencing Strategies of Today’s Leader-Part 2

Getting people to say yes is not as easy as simply asking for something. Even when you’re the boss it can be difficult to influence your team members to agree to certain requests- and you know that you’ll just create resentment if you issue constant orders or even throw around ultimatums. We know that’s not [...]

The 6 Powerful Influencing Strategies of Today’s Leader-Part 22018-04-01T22:03:27+00:00

Is It Finally Time To Develop Your Career?

‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ That’s the question we’re asked as children, yet often we find ourselves decades later, still not really knowing.  We sometimes find ourselves going down a career path we didn’t expect, ending up in a job that doesn’t fulfill any of those dreams we had when [...]

Is It Finally Time To Develop Your Career?2018-04-01T22:03:28+00:00

How To Develop Employees Who Don’t Want To Be Managers Ever

Those of us who seek career promotion sometimes struggle to understand those who don’t.  Because progression to management is something we wanted, we tend to assume that it’s what everyone wants. Yet it turns out that we’re in the minority. A recent large survey in America indicates that only around a third of people aspire [...]

How To Develop Employees Who Don’t Want To Be Managers Ever2018-05-03T11:46:34+00:00

How To Handle Difficult Conversations In The Workplace

Many managers dread them, but here are some suggestions and ideas to get you through the most challenging conversations with positive outcomes and your calm professionalism intact. Don’t put the conversation off It is natural to be a bit nervous about confronting unsatisfactory  behaviour, especially when the other person may get upset or angry. Yet [...]

How To Handle Difficult Conversations In The Workplace2018-04-01T22:03:32+00:00

Why You Might Have Been Overlooked For That Last Role

When you’ve worked hard to prepare for a promotional opportunity, one of the most frustrating things that can happen is to get overlooked in favour of a candidate who you think is less technically capable than you. Today we are going to take a look at some of the main reasons this might happen and [...]

Why You Might Have Been Overlooked For That Last Role2018-04-01T22:03:33+00:00

The History of Virtual Teams

Virtual teams are certainly not a new concept; nor are they fixed within the 21st century. The need for them and their subsequent use has been practised for millennia: from the Roman Empire to the Catholic Church; the East India Company to the Hudson Bay Company; the Post Office to Wells Fargo; and any army [...]

The History of Virtual Teams2018-04-01T22:03:36+00:00

6 Things Every Great Virtual Leader Needs To Know

Virtual teams are increasing as the world’s workforce is changing and becoming more connected thanks to the advance of the internet. While there are many advantages to belonging to a virtual team, it raises the question of how modern leaders will step up to the challenge of managing them, so they can ensure that all [...]

6 Things Every Great Virtual Leader Needs To Know2018-04-01T22:03:36+00:00

Why Do Technical Experts Go Unnoticed ?

Technical experts in the workplace diligently go about their day to day work, but often don't get the recognition they deserve. Why do technical experts not get noticed? I work with many technical experts, whether they are IT geeks (I have been reliably informed they are happy to be known as geeks!), medical experts or [...]

Why Do Technical Experts Go Unnoticed ?2018-04-01T22:03:36+00:00

Get Inspired: 5 Ways Leadership Coaching Can Help Develop Your Career

Many managers I come across often ask me how effective coaching can be in today's business environment. You can find the data further down in this article. Suffice to say leadership coaching is a highly effective tool if you or your organisation wants to see improved performance. To explore this more with some examples here [...]

Get Inspired: 5 Ways Leadership Coaching Can Help Develop Your Career2018-04-01T22:03:37+00:00