Tag: Leadership and Management

Valuing Mistakes

April 29, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Let’s face it – things go wrong. It’s life and getting all upset when things go wrong is going to get nowhere. Being able to accept this and learn from it is one indicator of a true manager and leader. There’s a famous story of a senior executive at a large American corporate. A project […]

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Business Performance Good? Think Again!

April 9, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Today, I want to tweak your thinking! You see when things are all going well, it’s really easy to miss things. Some parts of your business seem to be running smoothly, yet it’s something that your senses are missing, because everything seems so good! We all have areas of our business that need particular attention, […]

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Take the Easier Ride – Delegate

March 30, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Had I been asleep or was I still awake? That (very) early morning call brought delegation into sharp focus. And it shaped my management forever. It was 2.30 am. It was cold and dark and I’d been in bed for just a half hour when the phone rang. “Alarm Center here, are you the keyholder?” […]

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Use Only Small Lists

March 24, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

To-do lists! Love ’em or hate ’em, they have a value. So many times these lists can be a burden because they just get abused. Too much on them and they have little relevance and get ignored. In Tim Ferriss’ book, ‘The 4-Hour Workweek‘ (really!), he suggests that you have a to-do list that is […]

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Feedback is a Gift

March 21, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Feedback is a gift – when done properly. The very word strikes fear into the hearts of millions of workers every day, because the only time they get feedback is when it is delivered by a manager who wants to criticise – yet put a bit of positive spin on it. Ever been there? I […]

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The Average Employee Is Best – Yeah Right!

March 20, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

It’s become commonplace in larger organizations to ensure that employees achieve to a set standard. Maybe it’s that they are even audited to achieve that standard. Perhaps they are sterilized to a particular set of processes. Achievement of what’s set down becomes the target. It’s become the norm to ‘dumb down’ on performance, to get […]

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What Is Management?

March 20, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Two absolutely necessary things needed for the survival of any organization are leadership and management. While leadership is the ‘quality’, which determines how far a company will go and how successful it will be in the long run, management is the ‘quantity’ that deals with the daily workings and the implementation of current plans that […]

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Making The Difference – Desperate Housewives Style!

March 19, 2009 | By | 2 Comments

I’ve found something to write about of value from ‘Desperate Housewives’ – not that I watch it of course – it was on in the other room…honest! Bear with me whilst I set the scene, there is a valid point I’m making somewhere in here! Last night an episode aired in the UK which marked […]

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Delegation for Business Leaders – How Letting Go Works

March 10, 2009 | By

To create the time for the specific role of a leader, as much as possible of the day to day delivery must be handed over. This level of delegation is very important, not only to create the space for the leader to develop visions and longer terms strategic goals, but also in encouragement of key […]

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Quick Thinking Required

March 6, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

I’m fascinated by productivity. Making things actually happen, instead of pondering endlkessly is a huge step forward for any manager. When I was in Australia recently, I met up with Dr Ken Hudson, from The Speed Thinking Zone. Ken’s premise is that things take way too long and there is a better way. Hudson’s Law […]

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