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I write about leadership, business strategy, people management and setting up in business. Below are some of my favourite postsI write about leadership, business strategy, people management and setting up in business. Below are some of my favourite posts.

Attributes of a high performing team

How do you know how well your team is performing? Is it that they hit their "numbers"? Is it that they all seem to get along and seem busy? What about staff attrition? What about the "mood" of the team? Or are there other factors that you should take into...

Training Certificate

I am delighted to announce that I have passed my AIM Awards Level 3 Qualification in Training and Education. It was a great opportunity to check that I am good at what I do plus learn some new things. The course comprised the following: Delivering a training session...

Karma Karma Karma Chameleon

The beauty of the Internet is that you can't hear me singing and you should be very grateful for that! Why am I singing a 1980's song? It's about culture. Get it, Culture Club. Because I have been thinking about culture a lot. I think we often forget the impact of...

Heroes make poor leaders

When I became a manager, I was influenced by two people. The first was condescending, belittling and sucked the life out of any conversation. He was my manager at the time I was considering going down the management path. I promised myself that I would try very hard...

The three HUM’s

I was listening to a podcast profiling Naomi Harris when her former drama school teacher, Anna Scher, mentioned that Naomi was a great talent because she demonstrated the three "hum's", humanity, humility and humour. I loved the list because it is also applicable to...

What do you mean we are out of milk?

In our hubris, we humans can sometimes think of ourselves as special. We assume that, because we are intelligent, intelligence rules our every decision. But, as Professor Steve Peters describes in his book "The Chimp Paradox", our animal instinct is quicker and much...

Why bonuses don’t work

The one question that all managers ask themselves at some point or other is: How do I get my team to work harder? Throughout the land, most businesses fall into the trap of offering money. We have fallen into a strange way of thinking where we believe that people work...

Managing Time More Effectively

Would people class you as being organised or disorganised? Is "So much to do, so little time" your motto in life? Do you dread deadlines because they make you feel stressed? You are not alone. It is remarkable how many people feel that they are poor at time...

How to spot I’m needed

As a micro-business, I have to market myself in lots of ways. One of the ways is through networking or through developing alliances. However, a lot of the people I talk to find it difficult to know how to introduce me or what to look out for.   Spotting the signs...

Recommended Reading

We all have our favourite books that we draw inspiration from. This is my list of "go to" books that have helped shaped my thinking and my approach to management.   "I'm OK, You're OK" by Thomas A. Harris MD The first book I read on my search for self-awareness is a...

Failing to adapt is failing to survive – The dilemma of Leadership

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”  This is a quote from Charles Darwin. He is describing the evolution of species but he could just as well be describing the evolution of businesses....

Take time to Reflect

Successful leaders tend to demonstrate a high degree of Emotional Intelligence (EI). For those of you who don't know what EI is, it is the ability to manage ourselves and our relationships and it is recognised as fundamental factor in successful leadership. As Joseph...

Beat Christmas Stress

We all wish we had more time in our lives. To some people, Christmas can be a particularly stressful time of year. Among the reasons are the financial and time pressures of the whole festive period. There are often deadlines to complete at work, presents to buy,...

10 Top Tips for successful “Away Days”

We have all been there: the dreaded staff away day. The manager thinks it will be an excellent opportunity to discuss issues and bond as a team, but the reality is that it is a day of long lectures and total disengagement. It doesn't have to be like that. With the...

No time for friendship

I was talking to someone I know quite well the other day and they were telling me about how one of their new managers is struggling. He is only 25 years old, in his first role as a manager and he is managing a group of people who are also in their early 20s. After...

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