What’s the worst question you’ve ever been asked at interview? Or the worst question you’ve asked a candidate? On our Recruitment and Selection Skills courses, participants tell us about a whole host of inappropriate, seemingly irrelevant and unhelpful questions. Candidates find this very frustrating as...

  When you go into a recruitment interview, as the recruiting manager, do you know exactly what you’re looking for or do you rely on ‘knowing it when you see it’? Many managers tell me that they get a gut feel for the right candidate pretty much...

Have you ever wanted to involve the team or a group of peers in collaborative problem solving but worried about the chaos that would ensue? Have you wished there was a simple problem-solving structure you could use that wouldn’t take forever, but would give everyone...

Picture the scene – you’ve had a full-on day; your head is spinning with a jumbled to-do list and you’ve still got work to do before you can head home and make that all important gym session / parents evening / drink with friends. Then out...

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve sat through presentations where the presenter came across as confident and engaging right from the start and demonstrated genuine enthusiasm for their subject. Then the first slide goes up. We immediately focus our attention away from what the...

  Do you have to deliver ‘virtual’ or ‘remote’ training as part of your role?  Or maybe it’s something you know you’ll have to do one day and the thought of it fills you with dread.  Last year, that’s exactly how we felt when we were...

How often to you get to the end of the day and ask yourself “where’s the day gone?”, “how did I achieve so little?”, “how did I manage to waste so much time?” Let’s be honest – we all have days where we’re not as...

The email about the large networking event dropped into my inbox and I knew I ought to go, it would be a great opportunity to expand my network for my business...

What are the important one-to-one conversations you’ve had recently, perhaps as a professional, as a friend or as a parent? How could you have got more from that conversation, especially if it was with someone where the relationship is currently difficult? A conversation between two people has...

As you walk away from yet another meeting where you feel personally underwhelmed by the quality of ideas, are you convinced that with a bit more time you could have all come up with something a bit more creative? How do you achieve meetings that create...

Leaders of organisations spend a lot of time thinking about, and evolving, strategy but there are three questions that may be even more important to consider first: Why we exist as an organisation – What is our Mission or Purpose? Who we are – What are our...

  In last month’s blog we covered tips on how best to network (How to Network - 7 Practical Tips) and maybe now you feel ready to attend that networking event you’ve been avoiding for the past 6 months! Instead of looking forward to it, you’re now...

  There are many books written about Strategic Thinking but, to many people, what this means is still unclear. So, how do you demystify the concept in a short blog? Strategic Thinking seeks to answer two key strategic questions: Where are you going to play? In which countries,...