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May 7, 2019

 I think all would agree that effective meetings are an essential component of good business performance. However, most meetings simply fail to deliver and many are a waste of time. I have just uploaded a short guide to the Aspire's Secret Facebook Group that will help you transform your meetings and realise the...

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:

April 17, 2018

 Great HBR article on this issue:

 Key points are to be prepared for every meeting and to view it as an opportunity rather than a threat if you are put on the spot. That said, if you really can't add value, don't make it up - just pass on the opportunity in a constructive manner.

February 7, 2018

Healthy conflict or opposition is essential to generating better ideas and securing buy-in. I find this tool really helpful in promoting it (and in helping to prevent unhealthy (personal) conflict). 

Get in touch for more information on how to generate great discussions and enjoy productive meetings: enquiries@asp...

January 16, 2018

Your team already has its norms. The question is: Does it have the norms you want? 

It's down to the leader to ensure the answer is 'yes'. Here's a short article that will help you to set them and make them stick:

November 14, 2017

Delegate effectively.

There are 2 main errors leaders can make: delegate too little, too late and continue to micro-manage, or delegate too much and to the wrong person. Both are very damaging.

The first error severely limits the both individual and organisational capacity. It also ensures that ideas and staff enga...

October 9, 2017

Okay, as this is the last in the '10 tips' series for meetings, here are 2 to finish with:

1. Debrief with self and others after a meeting. What went well, what didn't work? How could you do it differently next time? Of course, this is a really helpful thing to do not just after meetings but after pitches, project...