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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.
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 also applicable to...

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 quicker and much...

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 time...

How to spot I’m needed

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

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...

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

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

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

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”

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

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...

Why people get “change” all wrong

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

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?

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 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...

Count to 10

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...

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