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August 7, 2019

A new slideshow on coaching and mentoring is now available in our Secret Facebook Group for subscribers. If you would like access, please get in touch with me at

December 11, 2018

The truth is that most of us fear failure in something at some time or another. It is often helpful to keep things in perspective, e.g. understanding what won't happen if you fail, etc. and then think about the positive things that could happen if you succeed. Remember, also, that courage isn't the absence of fea...

October 12, 2018

It is well known that working practices have changed rapidly and will continue to do so. In an age of flexibility, cross-departmental/-national team-working and increased autonomy, managers have had to expand their skills from resource planning and allocation to include much more in the way of leadership. Specifi...

June 21, 2018

 Performance reviews get a bad press these days. However, they can still be a great tool if done properly and used as part of an ongoing performance review and management system rather than as an annual quick-hit or box-ticking exercise. 

The article linked below explains how to avoid common biases. One of th...

June 11, 2018

The ability to ask great questions is a key leadership skill: they unlock/reveal information, stimulate thinking and boost engagement. Knowing how and when to ask closed ('yes' or 'no') and open questions will empower your leadership.

Here's an article that expounds the subject:

May 2, 2018

I hope you never need this, but just in case.....

 Don't skip over the first point: make sure you are holding them accountable for something that they really are responsible for. 

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