Category: Management Development Secrets

Keeping Sane – Influencing What You Can

October 8, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Life is busy. We have many things on our plate – too many most of us would say. And at times it can seem overwhelming. So often there are issues we face that challenge us, often many times a day – and frequently shift our perspective, making what are relatively trivial issues magnified, such that […]

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A Manager’s Skill – Balancing Fun and Focus

August 10, 2010 | By | 3 Comments

Having fun is a vital component of any successful team. Managers will do well to encourage their people to enjoy their work, joining in when there’s a laugh to be had, where appropriate. For a manager though, it’s always going to be a fine line between the fun the team are having and the need […]

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Waving The Management Magic Wand – Part 2

August 8, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Last week, we looked at how to make more of the opportunities you have to make things different. Wafting your own magic wand around yourself and the way you do things is one thing, but how can you use it effectively to ‘magic’ better ways of doing things from your people? BTW, if you have […]

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Waving The Management Magic Wand – Part 1

August 1, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

OK, so we’re all managers, right? And although we might keep it to ourselves, we all probably have moments when we whisper to ourselves, ‘I wish…’. Never fear, we all in this together, so you can tell me it’s so… Little things that our workplace does to us that really, it would be so cool […]

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The Creative Value of Order

July 19, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

The greatest growth in our world has come through the imaginative genius of some of those memorable individuals in history. Those who set out with a glimmer of a dream, worked and cajoled it until it became a sort of reality that made some sort of sense. In history, these ranged from geeks who worked […]

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No Time For Excuses

July 12, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Maybe I’m a bit late for this, but I do need to revisit the demise of the England football team in the world cup. There are no excuses. Perhaps many would say that overpaid superstars ought to have fared better and that there was no appetite for the game in our players. The Spanish players, […]

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Are You Ready?

June 13, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

In ‘The West Wing’ there’s a pivotal moment at the start of Season Two (just working my way through the box set!). There has been a shooting attempt on the President’s team and through a series of flashbacks to when his presidential campaign began, Jed Bartlet is seen behaving like a bit of an arsehole […]

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Feedback – The Most Golden of Rules

May 23, 2010 | By

It’s funny how theory comes back to get you in the end. After so many years of reminding those in positions of authority that there are some vital rules for feedback, it takes just one occasion to show the real value of the advice. It was a sunny morning in my local chain coffee-shop. The […]

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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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Ladder and Wall

May 10, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

In today’s modern world, business is all about working hard and maximizing outcomes. Making the results the focus – almost come what may. When we work hard and the results come, it generally fills us with a sense of satisfaction and even pride as we climb the ladder towards success. This gets even better when […]

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