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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.
Leadership tips for times of crisis

Leadership tips for times of crisis

Firstly, I hope you are all well and staying safe. These are remarkable times but, remember, today is just another day nearer to when we will be able to get back to normal. For many of us, the lockdown means that some of us are unemployed, some are working from home,...

Unlocking resistance to change

Unlocking resistance to change

I have managed change within teams and as part of managing a project team creating the change in other organisations. I have seen how understanding the human aspects of change and helping people to embrace change is the most challenging part of the process. I have...

The impact of change

In the previous post, I mentioned that change is inevitable in order for organisations to survive. I also said that some people hate change. That means managing change is a very stressful process for many leaders. Why is that? Why do people resist change? Emotional...

I hate change

I hate change

Most people hate change. But change is a fundamental part of being a manager. My favourite definition of leadership is “Leadership is an influence relationship amongst leaders and followers who intend real change that reflect their shared purposes”*. Note that phrase:...

We need to talk about love

We need to talk about love

In our home lives, in our hobbies and pastimes, love plays such an important part of our enjoyment. We volunteer through love, we share time with friends through love, we play sports or perform through love … but do we work through love?

Your number 1 priority

Your number 1 priority

Dear visitors, you will notice that I talk about leadership in the context of making your staff happy. I talk about focussing your attention on improving the work-life of your team and I talk about using your Emotional Intelligence to make that happen. And let me...

Don’t be a hoverfly!

Don’t be a hoverfly!

The great thing about going to networking events and introducing yourself by saying “I stop people being rubbish managers” is that it immediately opens up conversations. Usually, we end up talking about that person’s worst ever manager. Last week, I was talking to...

Sports coaches as leaders

Sports coaches as leaders

Are sports coaches leaders? Those of you who know me, know I love my sport and I am always intrigued by questions of leadership within the sporting context. Success within sport, as within business, is frequently driven by great leadership despite the fact that sports...

Poor managers can make their staff ill

Poor managers can make their staff ill

The relationship between manager and team members can have a wide-ranging impact on the members of staff. Often unwittingly, the manager can cause health problems in their staff and it is one of the main reasons why I am so passionate about helping new managers to...

Learn to read body language

Learn to read body language

The Joy of People-Watching I love watching other people. From time to time, I like to sit in a cafe or a bar and make up stories about people based purely on their body language. I am not being a weird, I am practicing my ability to empathise with people because...

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

This week has been Mental Health Awareness week and it is so encouraging to see how people are becoming more open about the challenges that poor mental health pose for people. I love the fact the The FA are starting a campaign to encourage men to talk about their...

Coaching to improve performance

Coaching to improve performance

At a recent workshop, I was explaining the benefits of coaching and explaining how managers can coach their staff to deliver better performance. Coaching is one of the most effective tools of good management. All great leaders use coaching to develop their teams and,...

Attributes of a high performing team

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...

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