Category: Leadership and Management

Getting Your Feet Wet

October 30, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes getting ahead means initial shocks and challenges to your system. And then you can really push on to make progress. Walking the fields this morning after a heavy night rain, I couldn’t avoid the big puddles – there was just no way through. Not only had it rained hard, it had been dry for […]

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Delegation Is All About Effective Management

October 27, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

It is well known that effective leaders are those people that understand what delegation is and who also have the required skills with which to delegate tasks effectively. A manager who is not good at delegating tasks to a team, will soon find that they start to burn themselves out building their stress levels. The […]

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Alarm Bells Ringing?

October 26, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Life creeps up on us. When we have the day job coming at us seemingly incessantly, we absorb, adapt and get on with it, just because we’re in the thick of it. This is when we are at our most vulnerable. The creep of unsatisfactory performance is hidden away from us, because we lose focus […]

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Finding the Time with Red Circles

October 19, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Ask any manager and they will tell you one of the biggest challenges they have, is the time that seems to always be filled. A manager’s life is, indeed, a busy one. The opportunity is to understand exactly what is important enough to occupy your time, and what really isn’t. There are vital activities in […]

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Show and Tell – And Stop

October 11, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Delegation is a very valuable management tool. It enables a manager to do less of the activities they don’t personally need to do, whilst enabling members of their team to take some of this workload and gain from it. They gain from the valuable experiences they now enjoy as they explore new challenges and build […]

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The Managing of Middle Management

October 4, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

It’s funny how differences of opinion can happen. This week, I came across two sides of an opinion and was able to observe the response to both. A middle manager leaves. His team are relieved, because he wasn’t much liked for his seemingly lazy behavior, poor communication skills and inability to manage with just a […]

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One and a Half Ice Creams

September 27, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

It was early lunchtime. The outdoor trattorias were slowly filling up as we looked around for a good place, nothing too extravagant. The first place looked fine, yet despite trying to get the attention of the guy who was placing people (making eye contact, that sort of thing), apart from grabbing him by the arm, […]

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Positive – And Not The Way You Think

September 7, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

We’ve all heard about the ‘power of positive thinking’ as a technique that enables us to achieve more, just by the way we talk ourselves into it. When you manage a team, you know that your people are your asset and how you are with them is vitally important. In the way you speak; the […]

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Prevarication Management Rarely Works

September 2, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Jack was a new manager of a small team. It wasn’t his first management, but it was inside a larger corporate office, where this team sat. They were a small intimate team and Jack felt it right that they should do the stuff that he need not do, so he left it to them to […]

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Patience or Impatience – What’s It To Be?

August 25, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

There’s a time for every manager to make a firm decision. Good people management will always suggest that you encourage and support your employees to be of their best. Yet there is the moment that you make the decision, that it’s time to make the point when performance slips. When is your tipping point, where […]

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