Category: Team Building

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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Review Time for Managers

July 5, 2010 | By

As managers, our lives are busy enough. The work comes at us in an ever-increasing flow and sometimes we take the eye off the ball. In fact, it’s quite surprising how we can gradually, day-by-day, month-by-month, change our behaviors in an attempt to avoid being swamped by ‘stuff’. Such that we lose sight of what […]

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Too Busy for a Friend…

June 22, 2010 | By

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder […]

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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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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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Starting Small In Taking Responsibility To Build Relationships

April 18, 2010 | By

Creating excellent workplace relationships is a valuable exercise at any time. The responsibility for developing these, belongs to everyone in the team. Getting this going needs to start somewhere. Once we get clear in our minds that there is a significant value in having effective business relationships with our people – and for them with […]

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Tom Sawyer on Delegation

April 11, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

In ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’, By Mark Twain, the hero uses his delegation skills to get his pals to paint the fence for him – a task assigned by his Aunt Polly for his misbehavior. His friends are inquisitive enough about his activity, he smartly recognizes the opportunity to ‘sell’ the task as something […]

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Designing Team Working Standards – Who Is Best Involved?

March 26, 2010 | By

Agreeing the standards by which your team will work is an invaluable piece of work to do. Your people need to know what’s in and what’s not, so clarifying this early is remarkably important. But who decides these important standards best? Many managers fail to recognize the opportunity to agree a set way of working […]

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The Importance of Management Attention to Detail

March 10, 2010 | By

An eye for detail is critical in you want the best performances from your team. Your awareness skills need to be sharpened fully and noticing when there is something out of line, however minor, will serve you very well indeed. When you create a sensitivity to the unexplained; unclear; silent and seemingly innocuous in your […]

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The Philosophy of Responsibilities in Workplace Relationship Building

February 26, 2010 | By

Relationship building is a vital core activity of anyone who manages or leads others, yet those being managed also have a responsibility to make the interactions work. So, why is understanding about responsibilities so important? Understanding the relative responsibilities in relationship building in the workplace is important, so that suitable focus can be attached to […]

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