Implementing Strategy – taking the next steps

  Let’s start by reminding ourselves of the two fundamental questions of leadership: Where am I going? Why should anyone follow me? My previous blogs have focused on Strategic Thinking where I have outlined what it is and how developing an effective strategy may be best approached. This addresses...

Creating a Feedback Culture – Providing Opportunities

  If you were asked to describe the feedback culture of your organisation, what would you say and why? What, if anything, could be better? I have lost count of the times a client has said “Please cover feedback on your workshop as we want to create a...

PEA – A Simple Tool to Transform Meetings

  How many times have you been to a meeting, whether a team meeting, project meeting or one to one with your manager, and felt like you had no idea where it was going? You might not have been clear on why you were there, what...

Persuasion – How to Persuade Others that you’re Right!

  How many times have you categorically known that you are right about something but haven’t been able to persuade others?   This has happened to me many times and it’s really frustrating. Why don’t people see what I’m seeing? Why aren’t they convinced when it’s so...

Setting Objectives – The Focus Wheel

  You’ve just sat down with one of your team to review his objectives and you’ve agreed that he needs to focus on developing his influencing skills, particularly in relation to his new project.  You’re both very familiar with the concept of SMART, but have no idea...

How to Network – 7 Practical Tips

  What goes through your mind when someone suggests that you need to network more? Comments we often hear include: “Networking is insincere and manipulative” “It takes too much time and effort” “I’m shy, I can’t network” Do any of these sound familiar?   Networking often gets bad press and can be seen...

Your Verbal Communication Toolkit – Doing a Stocktake

  It’s likely that a huge proportion of your working day is spent communicating with others, either verbally or in writing, be it text, email or social media.    When we communicate verbally, we have lots of choices about the communication tools we use to say our piece. ...

Turning Around a Dysfunctional Team – 7 Triage Questions

    To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy: “All happy teams are alike; each unhappy team is unhappy in its own way.”   A dysfunctional team can be a nightmare and suck up huge amounts of time, emotion and motivation as well as significantly affect results. Sometimes, it can seem as...

Six Tips for Communicating Change

  When I received school reports for my two daughters at the end of last term, I was a bit surprised by the new format used.  The way the report was written had changed and some key information, which had always been there before, was missing. ...

7 Top Tips for Getting the Most from Coaching

  I am convinced that once you get to a certain level of competence as a leader and manager, the remaining development potential you have is all to do with developing your self-awareness and self management: coaching is the ideal vehicle for addressing this.  If you, and/or your...

Your Leadership Shadow

  As a leader, do you ever wonder how you’re perceived by others? Well, as a leader, everything you do is seen and everything you say is heard which sends a message to the people you lead. So, what messages are you sending and how are these perceived?...

Effectiveness – Doing the Right Things!

Do you feel that you're getting through a lot of work but are not really moving forward? Many managers feel like this because they try to become more efficient rather than focussing on how they could become more effective. To become more efficient (doing things right)...

The ART of delegation – 3 things leaders need to give

Why do you delegate? Is it because you’re busy and can’t get everything done? Is it because you want to give someone else an opportunity to develop? Is it a bit of both? Whatever your reason, delegation is an ART and, like any art form,...