Working in partnerships – 7 important conversation topics

It can be exciting when you have an opportunity to work in partnership with another person, department or organisation and you’ll be keen to move forward. But, how do you make sure this partnership works ….and lasts? A Partnership is defined as “an ongoing relationship where...

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,...

How to Manage Talent – 7 Tips

It’s great when you realise that you have talented people in your organisation who show potential to do even more amazing things in future. But do you know how to harness that potential? Maybe you already have some concerns about how you can keep them...

Bringing your Presentation Content to Life – A Four Step Recipe

How many presentations have you watched that were so dull the presenter might as well have given you a blanket and a cup of cocoa to finish off the process of putting you to sleep? Do you ever worry that your presentations are sending people into...

The ‘OK Corral’ – Choosing a positive attitude

Organisations will often have values about always treating customers and colleagues with respect but sometimes, in the cut and thrust of the real world of work, this can seem like a big ask…When the going gets tough, what helps us develop this attitude without being...

The Pitch – how to be brief, be bright and be gone

“The Pitch” has gained increased recognition recently as Lord Sugar’s Apprentices are required to pitch their ideas in a way that ensures theirs stand out from the crowd! So, what is a Pitch? Do you have one? Does it get your message across effectively and efficiently?...

Questioning techniques – the art of asking effective questions

You ask questions in many different scenarios; so whether you’re trying to assess someone’s suitability to do a job, explore how a project is progressing, establish reasons for a performance issue or delve into someone’s career aspirations…. Do the questions you ask help you get the...

What is a Business Partner?

Have you been told that you need to operate more like a Business Partner? Do you have the words ‘Business Partner’ in your job title? Are you wondering what on earth that means?   So, what is a Business Partner? and How is it different from other roles For me,...

Dealing with Difficult People – The Games People Play

Dealing with ‘difficult people’ is an energy sapper for everyone. Trouble is… we can sometimes walk into an invitation to a dead end interaction without realising it. How do we get sucked in to these human black holes? Transactional Analysis Game Theory can offer some...

Motivation – You can lead a horse to water……..!

You’ve got a really interesting piece of work, perhaps a new, groundbreaking, project and you’re excited about sharing the news with your team. However, when you tell them about it, they don’t seem to see share your excitement; they’re not as motivated as you are!...

How to Delegate – 7 Steps

You’re snowed under; you have too many meetings to attend and not enough hours in the day to get the work done. Does that sound familiar? You also have a team of pretty capable people and know that you should delegate more, in fact you...