Tag: Personal Development

Losing Your Best Players

October 25, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Working with a client this week, I came across one of those situations where a manager’s emotions can get confused. I recall a training video where the manager concerned feels that if he develops his people enough, then they might be good enough to, well, get promoted and then they would leave him. And his […]

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Keeping Your People Happy

August 23, 2010 | By | 2 Comments

A manager’s role is to build successful teams that deliver the business. We aim to seek for higher and higher performances from those we encourage, cajole and develop. How do we keep them all happy? We strive to create refined, capable people to inhabit our teams. The results we seek cannot be delivered by us […]

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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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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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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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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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Ready for Some Positive Feedback?

April 1, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Two activities – one group and one personal. 1. Here’s a cool activity if you are in a meeting, or running a training session. At the end of the meeting, give everyone a blank sheet of paper. Ask them to write their name at the top. Ask them to pass the paper to the left […]

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December 18, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

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How to Make a Difference Every Day

May 1, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Every day, everyone can make the world a better place. It’s simple; it’s quick and it is free. All it requires is a recipe containing you (yes, that’s YOU!), awareness and a natural disposition to be brave enough, to change the day of everyone you come into contact with in a positive way. Appreciating what […]

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Preparing to Move On!

April 28, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

From the very first day you work with your people, there is a reducing number of days you will have ahead of you working with them. All of us are ‘disposable’ and have a measurable timespan in any career step. So, from day one it’s vital to be thinking of when you aren’t there and […]

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