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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.

Why people get “change” all wrong

My favourite definition of leadership is by Joseph C Rost who wrote in “Leadership for the Twenty First Century” that: “Leadership is an influence relationship amongst leaders and followers who intend real change that reflect their shared purposes” Note that phrase:...

Coaching for Success

October and university students are starting a new year which, for me, means the start of the volleyball season. Suddenly, I am confronted with a wave of new players both experienced and beginners all complete unknown quantities to me and each other. Each year, I have...

Why is Emotional Intelligence important?

Think about an instance where you had a bad manager, or a good manager for that matter. What was the primary impact? The chances are that those instances affected your emotions and affected your mood. Your mood affects your health and your productivity.   Why do the...

The Art of Delegation

  Lots of managers hate having to delegate. That goes double for owner-managers of businesses. Shame as delegating effectively buys you time and improves the morale of your team and allows you to focus on the things that add most value to...

Count to 10

Once again, just as you are giving an update on your department's progress to the management team, Bill chips in with one of his asinine comments, everyone sniggers and, suddenly, no-one is listening to your report. Do you: Leap across the meeting table and batter...

Giving Feedback

I was talking to a friend recently and she said she was having to give feedback to people at work. She wasn't enjoying the experience, which was not surprising as no-one had explained to her how to do it. So, here is my handy guide on how to give feedback.   Feedback...

Sectors in need of better leadership

Thanks to Helen Amery of Wild Figs Solutions for sending this to me. Last year, the Government realised that there is a problem with the quality of leadership within British industry and has funded a series of projects to begin the task of addressing the issue. Even...

Why do some people “swing the lead”?

And how to stop them... At my recent seminar about Leadership styles, we talked about the importance of creating an environment of trust within the workplace. However, a couple of delegates were concerned about the possibility of people taking advantage of that trust...

The Cost of Poor Leadership

The cost of poor management When networking, I ask for a show of hands. I ask people to put their hands up if they have ever had a bad manager. I then ask them to keep their hands up if that manager caused them to leave their job. It is a fun way to engage with people...

Manager vs. Leader

For my first post of 2015, I am going to start with a whinge. It concerns the apparent "conflict" between being a manager and being a leader. Let me explain, if you follow leadership blogs like I do, sometimes, you can be forgiven for thinking that "manager bad,...

Dealing with poor performance – Part 2

In my last post, I mentioned that poor performance in the workplace is caused by one of two things; a lack of motivation or a lack of capability ... or a combination of the two, of course.   The Reasons for Poor Performance: Lack of Capability When I say "a lack of...

Dealing with poor performance – Part 1

This is the bit that most managers hate: Having to confront someone's poor performance. It is something that most of us either shy away from and hope it will go away, or work harder to cover it up so you won't have to deal with it. But it doesn't go away and, if...

Why do we have bad bosses?

As some of you know, I am on a mission to rid Britain of bad bosses. So let's have a look at what makes a bad boss and why they appear. I am going to point out a few reasons why bad bosses exist. I am sure you will think of dozens of others.   Poor culture I was...

Adult Prevention Services

This is a personal blog. I am a Trustee of The Bridge, which provides homelessness and housing advice to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Leicestershire County Council is, as part of a wide ranging series of cuts, looking to fundamentally change...

Why use a business coach?

Andy Murray has just appointed Amelie Mauresmo as his new tennis coach. Amelie is the latest in a long line of coaches, from Mark Petchey and Brad Gilbert to Ivan Lendl. There maybe lots of reasons why Andy changes coaches on a regular basis, but one thing I am sure...

Why we love to use “command and control”

In businesses and organisations up and down the country, managers are still relying on “command and control” approaches to managing staff. You must have met the type. Those managers who tell you what to do, when to do it. You can see why they do it. It is simple....

Why growing too big can be as disastrous as not growing at all

As part of the "Preparing to start a new business" course that I am currently delivering, we look at the legal requirements for running a business (of which there are many). To help illustrate the point, I give the students some real life examples of where businesses...

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