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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...

December 18, 2017

It is always the case that we can learn more about leadership through our own experiences, training (including coaching and mentoring) and case studies (HBR offers an excellent source). The more tools and knowledge we have, the better equipped we are to achieve our goals by meeting challenges and opportunities in...

November 22, 2017

Coaching and mentoring are 2 essential tools in the leader’s arsenal. The vast majority of large, successful companies now expect their managers to be able to use these skills to motivate and develop their teams. This results in much higher levels of employee engagement with attendant business benefits (higher pr...

November 10, 2017

Simple but useful reminder on how teams help businesses: 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-teams-matter-jo-keeler/

Belbin is a great tool for facilitating the right mix of team skills and it is particularly effective when used in conjunction with other behavioural/psychometric tools such as DiSC and TSDI.

As alway...

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...

October 2, 2017

Be prepared. Lots of aspects to this, of course, but I find it helpful to focus on the following 2 activities:

  1. Research the attendees by checking out their profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Then, look at the wider picture: For example, if they are representing other companies, what are the big issu...

September 25, 2017

Be clear about what outcomes the meeting must produce and prioritise the agenda.

What decisions must be made and to whom must they be communicated? How? Being clear about these things at the start of the meeting will help you to prioritise discussion points and to allocate time more appropriately. In a dynamic env...

September 8, 2017

Or does the stress of dealing with difficult people and not being able to work to your strengths fill you with dread? This will help: goo.gl/TSSi5z  

I really like this tool - practical, simple and quick to apply, but yields profound, positive changes. What's not to like?

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