Tag: leadership development

Delegation – To Whom? When?

February 15, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

In a recent interview, Ron Dennis of the McLaren Formula 1 team said, “I’m the executive chairman, but if I delegate a role, I’ll step away & let that person get on with it”. When we lead and manage teams, we cannot stand alone and do it all by ourselves on our own. Our role […]

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Building Relationships – To Make Business Changes Easy

January 28, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Relationship building is a vital element of any manager’s activity. It has to be an incessant and pro-active behaviour which is – or becomes – the very essence of any manager’s personal style. When we work with change, it’s going to be challenging for our people to accept, so the relationships we have with them […]

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Under New Management

January 27, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

My football club has a new manager. So I set to thinking about just what he might be doing on his first day. Clearly, there will be a need to be introduced to all the key people on his team – and not just the players – so that he has at least got some […]

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Poor Management? This is Not a Solution!

January 11, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Happy New Year! OK, so after the hectic period of Christmas and New Year, I sort of forgot my usual Sunday evening activity of writing my newsletter. I knew it this morning and so I thought that I’d do it later on. As it happens, this was fortuitous, because there was a phone-in on Radio […]

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10 Things for Managers To Do With a Spare Hour

December 20, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

There are those times when you’ve got your management act together when you reach those ‘One Minute Manager’ (Ken Blanchard) moments. In the first book of the series (there are lots of great follow-ups), our star manager ensures that he’s able to spend a fair bit of time gazing out of the window because all […]

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Goals – Bring ‘Em On

December 13, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

For many managers, career development is about putting the hours in, developing performance and skills and then moving up the ladder when the opportunity comes along. The next rung to climb may, depending on the organization (and how organized they are) be structured to bring the best out of the potential that manager seems to […]

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Leadership Lessons Out of ‘The West Wing’

December 6, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Many of you will remember that I’m steadily working my way through the 7 seasons of ‘The West Wing’ boxed set. And so far, it’s not difficult to appreciate why so many Americans (and others) would readily take Jed Bartlett as their President. There are many aspects of Bartlett that are agreeable and none more […]

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Valuing the The Curiosity of Employees

December 4, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

How do children learn? It is, after all, something we all have to do – and the formative years of kids are fascinating to observe. Children learn be experiencing new things. By having the freedom – whilst being protected by their carers as much as possible from harm – to explore anything and everything in […]

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Leading Others? Give Feedback!

November 22, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Ironically, it often feels easier not to give feedback. For most people, whatever their role, the concern with what can be seen to be a confrontation is so much easier to delay, prevaricate with and – in many cases – simply put off altogether. And that makes matters worse, almost every time. Here are three […]

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My Team Is Famous For…

November 15, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Getting great people to be in the team is one of the most rewarding tactics to help managers deliver the results demanded of them. Yet these ‘great people’ as employees can be so hard to find. Some managers have found the key to unlock creating a successful team, by ensuring that they get well known […]

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