Heroes make poor leaders

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

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...
What sort of leader are you?

What sort of leader are you?

In this post, I want to introduce a theory of leadership that I use quite extensively in my training. It is based on Daniel Goleman’s Six Leadership styles. As part of his work researching Emotional Intelligence and its role in leadership, Daniel Goleman identified...
What do you mean we are out of milk?

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...
Why bonuses don’t work

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

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...