Category: Leadership and Management

Performing Beyond Your Limits

June 11, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

After the recent women’s French Open Final, the winner Francesca Schiavone, was asked to describe her game. She replied, ‘going over the limits  and being everything you can be in two hours.’ I wonder how many of us could say the same thing about our performance and results. My belief is that most of us […]

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The Value of A Question

June 11, 2010 | By

In the front of my copy of “The Bourne Deception” – book 7 of Robert Ludlum’s highly successful thriller franchise (with Eric Van Lustbader), there is the following dedication:- . “For Jeff, who started it all with one simple question…” . Ludlum’s book sales are now well past 300 million, in 32 languages, in 50+ […]

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Your Development – It’s All Down To You

June 8, 2010 | By

Too many times do we pass the buck with developing our skills and abilities. Too often is it easy to take the easy way and say that what life throws at us is nothing to do with us – it’s just not fair. Yet there is something in the words of John F Kennedy that […]

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Just Ask Your People – Easy As That

May 16, 2010 | By

‘What’s going on, my team just don’t seem motivated to do their work’ The conversation was with Jim, one of my newer supervisors. There had been a few hints that there were problems and today, it finally came to a head. ‘Why do you think that is?’ was the best response I could think of […]

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Why Asking For Help Works For Managers

April 29, 2010 | By

Management can be a tricky role to play. Not only is the work challenging, but sometimes it’s hard to find the help you need. Yet there are people all around. The simple act of asking you team for help can be a difficult step for many managers, because it can seem to be that they […]

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Slowing Down Does the Trick

April 25, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes as managers, we need help. And that help can come from the most unlikely of sources – just taking in nature even…

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Building Workplace Relationships – Being the Model

April 19, 2010 | By

The value of excellent workplace relationships cannot be over-estimated. Leveraging the interactions between individuals, be they manager to employee or visa-versa is incredible, so taking responsibility for this has to be progressed by someone. When a manager recognizes that there is work to do on taking up the responsibility for making better use of workplace […]

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The Recipe for Management Success

April 18, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes it’s good to find out other perspectives. So often it’s easier to sit with ourselves and believe our management capabilities are adequate enough. Maybe it’s time to wake-up… As managers, we all want to run teams that bring success to whatever our enterprise is. The component members of those teams will often decide what […]

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Extreme Productivity – The Lucille Ball Way

April 8, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

As we work in ever demanding circumstances, I’m reminded of those occasions where as managers we want to get more from our people and willingly, they are prepared to do their very best for us too. This classic Lucille Ball clip shows how often they are prepared to go the extra mile, whilst reminding us […]

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Management Snippets – Small Steps to Progress

April 4, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

A significant part of our role as managers is the development of our people. In some cases this can be challenging, because of the circumstances in which your management takes place. For example, when you are new to a management role; when you inherit a new team or when you have individuals for whom progress […]

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