7 Step Problem Solving

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...

Six Ways to Say “No”

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...

How big is my Problem? Weighing up the need for change

How do you calculate the true cost of an organisational problem? We may struggle to convince others of the value of change. They don’t feel the problem is sufficiently large to warrant the effort of change - particularly if it’s not impacting them personally. The...

Why should anyone be led by you?

  This is a question that all leaders should ask themselves but, if we do, our reflection is often skill or attribute focused, for example “should I be more visionary, or more empathic, or more decisive?”. Is this skill or attribute focus the most effective way...

Reflection: learning from experience to find the diamonds!

  As a Learning & Development professional, I am well aware of the importance of reflection as an aid to learning and, as part of any training design, I include opportunities for participants to pause and reflect at regular intervals. It struck me recently that whilst...

Creating Effective Presentation Slides

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...

Turning Face to Face Training into Virtual Reality

  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...

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...

Time Management Tips – Two Tips to Focus Your Mind

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...

Networking Events for the Fainthearted

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...

Mastering the Art of One-to-One Conversations

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...