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More Creative Than We Think

November 21, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

There was a time in my corporate life where I would never have given a thought to my capacity, or even need for creativity. Sure, we all went along to assessment centres and made nuclear power stations out of stick-back plastic and the insides of toilet rolls (a la Blue Peter). But my day-job was […]

A Lesson in Trust From a Little Girl

November 20, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A little girl and her father were crossing a narrow bridge. The father was worried for his daughter’s safety so he asked her: “Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don’t fall into the river”. The little girl said: “No Dad. You hold my hand”. “What’s the difference?” asked the puzzled father. “There’s a […]

5 Ways That Delegation Benefits Small Business Owners

November 14, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

For leaders and managers in any organisation, it is always a challenge to ensure that you have enough time to do the important things that only you can do, whilst being able to let go confidently to those around you who form your team. By delegating workload, there are some significant benefits. If you have […]

Stephen Covey – My Life Changer

July 17, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

It is with deep regret that I heard of the loss of Stephen Covey. 14 years ago, I was helping out a group of trainers in a management development centre. A manager of almost 25 years myself at that time, I guess I was seen as someone who enjoyed imparting objective development support to my […]

A ‘Thank You’ – Small And Effective

July 10, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

When we look at the kinds of things that motivate people, it’s not hard to find them. Indeed, all we have to do is to think of the times that we, ourselves, have felt motivated when we’ve done something. Putting effort into a piece of work that we have invested our time in requires focus, patience […]

We Want More Leaders

June 29, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

When you really consider just what leadership is all about, you can make it incredibly complicated, like the industry sometimes seems to prefer, or you can simplify. Simple is so often the best place to be. Because with simple, it’s possible to ensure that a message gets across easily and, what’s more, becomes much easier […]

It’s The Journey, Not The Change, That Hurts

June 23, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

We face change every day of our lives. Sometimes small enough hardly to notice; other times change that’s so cataclysmic that we will find it hard to cope. In organisations, change is all too common nowadays. Indeed, where organisations don’t embrace and indeed instigate change, they are unlikely to survive. When change is thrust upon […]

Leadership – The Models Are Not Perfect

June 11, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Much is written and spoken about one of the main roles of leaders is to model what they expect from their people. Many examples of behaviors can be identified, such as Trust; Honesty; Vision; Communication etc. There are many others – indeed a list too long to write down here. And yet one of the […]

Small Team Leadership – Making The Difference

June 8, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Whilst leadership is most commonly assumed to be a quality required at the very highest levels in organizations, managers at the sharp end of business need to develop some leadership skills as well. Management is often defined as ‘delivery’; with leadership being associated with the strategies, visioning, thinking and ‘bigger picture’ that develop and progress […]

The Leadership Skill Of Nurturing Talent

May 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Above all, leaders need good people to surround them. No organisation – large or small – can operate productively when the boss is doing all the doing and they are surrounded by people who cannot deliver the highest quality performance themselves. So it’s imperative to ensure that any team has members that deliver the very […]