The 6 Reasons Why Your Team Is Failing

Your team is crucial to the success of your business. Managed well, a team can accomplish much more than an individual – working together and using each other’s skills and abilities to unleash creativity, embrace innovation and build a pathway to success.  But what happens if your team is underperforming? What are the warning signs, and how do you deal with problems that arise?  In this article, [...]

The 6 Reasons Why Your Team Is Failing2019-11-05T07:28:56+00:00

Creating Connections in a Virtual Team

There are countless opportunities for colleagues who work in the same location to connect every day – whether it’s a casual conversation about non-work-related topics, or the chance to celebrate occasions such as birthdays together. But what happens when you lead a virtual team? It can be very easy to focus solely on the task [...]

Creating Connections in a Virtual Team2019-11-05T12:59:44+00:00

8 Things Leaders Should Stop Doing in 2020

As we head into winter, now’s a great time to start planning for 2020.   How will you face the challenge of developing your leadership skills in the new year?  Whilst it’s sometimes easy to focus on what you would like to be doing (improving communication, learning new skills, coming up with innovative ideas, hitting new targets) what about thinking about the things you should stop doing?  Leadership can be challenging. However, some of your habits may have made it more difficult [...]

8 Things Leaders Should Stop Doing in 20202019-10-21T15:58:17+00:00

How Strong Is Your Curiosity, Muscle?

Influential leaders need to have many traits to successfully lead their team.   They need to be resilient, focused and willing to lead from the front. They also need diplomacy, self-awareness and transparency to establish trust in their team.  However, there is another quality that the best leaders possess, and that’s curiosity. Often overlooked, curiosity can turn a good leader into a great leader.   Having intellectual curiosity, [...]

How Strong Is Your Curiosity, Muscle?2019-10-15T09:38:51+00:00

Why Self-Love and Self-Understanding is the Path to Your Success

I read an article recently about emotional intelligence, that suggested this will become a prominent component of business principles in the not-so-distant future.   Emotional Intelligence (EI) is no longer the remit of more ‘hippy,’ laid-back companies who tend to employ an attitude of self-love and self-understanding among employees.   EI is becoming a business prerogative, growing in importance as an essential set of skills required in the workplace across all [...]

Why Self-Love and Self-Understanding is the Path to Your Success2019-09-30T15:36:58+00:00

How to Become a Ninja Negotiator

Many managers and leaders find themselves handling complex negotiations at some point in their career.  Before you arrive at the negotiating table, it’s a wise move to ensure you have several options in the bag for possible favourable outcomes.   These should include more than you actually expect to achieve, and some alternatives – that is, areas you will be willing to [...]

How to Become a Ninja Negotiator2019-09-03T14:49:14+00:00

7 Challenges in Developing Your Virtual Team

A dream team without boundaries: a team with the freedom and flexibility for healthy work-life balance; the ability to select the best people for the job, regardless of where they are in the world.  That’s the goal. Of course, the reality is always different, and it can be challenging for managers and leaders to build a successful team when you’re not in the same physical place.  Digital teams [...]

7 Challenges in Developing Your Virtual Team2019-09-03T12:40:20+00:00

6 Reasons Why Women Fail to Get Ahead in Business

Female representation in the corporate world’s top jobs hasn’t improved much. In fact, it’s hardly improved at all according to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, despite many companies signing up to promote gender equality.  In the (not so distant) past, it was difficult for women to climb the career ladder to the top spots. I can remember the [...]

6 Reasons Why Women Fail to Get Ahead in Business2019-07-29T17:26:23+00:00

Why You Need to Celebrate The Introverts in Your Team

Introverts. They’ve got a bad rap. They are considered to be quiet, shy, reserved, over analytical and lacking in empathy. Extroverts, on the other hand, are seen as outgoing, opinionated, team players who are going places. But in fact, this is not the case. The truth is that introverts are misunderstood. Psychologist Carl Jung claimed, [...]

Why You Need to Celebrate The Introverts in Your Team2019-07-15T16:52:21+00:00

5 Critical Leadership Skills for The New Decade

We have spent the last few years hearing how the millennial generation will dominate the workforce from the year 2020 and learning about how leaders can lead and manage an ever increasingly diverse and multi-generational workforce.  The reality is that 2020 isn’t too far away. Recently it has made me think about what lies ahead for organisations and leaders in the [...]

5 Critical Leadership Skills for The New Decade2019-07-01T16:34:56+00:00

Powerful Conversations: Are You Failing, Or Flying?

While I realise we are living in the digital age with communication platforms such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Signal and Slack we do however have many conversations face to face throughout the day; at least I am hoping as leaders we do?  The question is, how many of these conversations excite and inspire you? How many prove to be sincere and thought-provoking? [...]

Powerful Conversations: Are You Failing, Or Flying?2019-07-11T12:07:17+00:00

Do You Know What Motivates Your Team?

Motivation as a topic is a common area for discussions I have with clients across the globe.  It normally centres around:  The lack of motivation in a team  How to re-engage teams through motivation  How to establish a culture of motivation  How to identify different reward strategies that will work  The eternal question: Why are some people motivated differently to [...]

Do You Know What Motivates Your Team?2019-06-05T10:07:23+00:00

How to Influence Senior Decision Makers When You Have No Power

Being able to influence the people around us is essential if we want to influence change. Most roles require us to influence and persuade people who have more power, status and authority than us. This can often seem like a difficult task. How can we persuade others who are often more senior to say yes… [...]

How to Influence Senior Decision Makers When You Have No Power2019-06-24T10:55:02+00:00

3 Ways To Increase Your Personal Power

Last time we talked about why there is immense value in revisiting your personal power in our current working environment. You can refresh your memory by reading why it’s time to develop your personal power post here.  In part two of our series, we have several suggestions on how to turn your ‘power’ dial-up.  All too often the starting point revolves around stopping [...]

3 Ways To Increase Your Personal Power2019-05-15T09:25:28+00:00

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Personal Power

Personal power? Some people might think it’s a phrase that went out of fashion years ago. Maybe, though in today’s disruptive business landscape we need it more than ever; let me explain.  This is part one of a two-part series where we explain why tapping into your personal power is essential to your success. Next time, [...]

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Personal Power2019-05-15T09:23:58+00:00

Do You Have The Skills And Traits Needed To Be A High Performer Today?

Leaders, managers and contributors; we all play our part in growing organisations.  Though the truth is, do, we have the skills now needed in a changing disruptive economy, to be successful in the various roles we all play in our teams and departments?   Possibly; with a bit of adaptation.  It’s interesting that Stephen Covey published his New York Times Best Seller The 7 Habits [...]

Do You Have The Skills And Traits Needed To Be A High Performer Today?2019-04-02T14:20:17+00:00

7 Ways To Build A Company People Want To Work For

If you get a group of HR people or leaders together today, the conversation of employer branding, staff engagement and company culture are likely to raise its head.  It’s not surprising when you consider we are in the middle of a worldwide skills shortage that increases pressure on talent attraction and management for many organisations.  The whole topic of employee engagement is quite [...]

7 Ways To Build A Company People Want To Work For2019-03-18T18:06:23+00:00

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring

Something slightly different this week. On Friday it’s International Women’s Day and a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing women out there and the gifts they bring.  Having a Y chromosome or not shouldn’t really be an indication of whether you will make a great leader.  Your leadership abilities should depend on your individual strengths and personality traits. However, in many cases, women aren’t always encouraged to take on leadership roles as often as their male [...]

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring2019-03-06T12:19:01+00:00

Developing Confident Leaders: 4 Quick Win Strategies

On my way back from a recent training event I was running in Europe, I was delayed in an airport due to our wonderful UK weather.  As usual, I caught up on some of the best leadership blogs, posts and podcasts.  Something caught my eye, which related to a group of leaders I had just been working with.  It was a comment by a writer on Hbr who shared his opinion that “without confidence, there is no [...]

Developing Confident Leaders: 4 Quick Win Strategies2019-03-06T12:05:03+00:00

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?

Throughout my career there is one law of success that I believe which is: Failing teams, departments and organisations rediscover success as a result of leadership and not management. So often I hear the phrase, and I am sure you do too, “It’s important to lead from the front”.   It’s almost become a mantra that is recited without thinking about: [...]

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?2019-03-06T12:05:30+00:00