Monthly Archives: October 2012

“How to” or “How not to”? That is the question.

Do you learn more from being told how to do something, or being told how NOT to do it?  There’s a nice question to ponder, about which my training professional readers could no doubt debate for hours. I think most … Continue reading

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How not to Coach!

If I asked you to name the one activity that Managers tend to neglect most, what would it be?  I suppose I must have trained thousands of Managers over the years, in organisations large and small, public and private, all … Continue reading

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How not to run an Appraisal

It’s Appraisals Time for many a large organisation.  The time of year when management incompetence really hits us in the face.  It manifests itself in all sorts of ways, and no doubt you have your own particular horror stories to … Continue reading

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How to save £100,000 by using the “IF” word.

There it goes again, the “IF” word, about which I have blogged previously.  This time I saw a classic example of it on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, broadcast last Sunday.  In this example, a simple use of the word “IF” … Continue reading

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Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast Club

I am joining a club called Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.  It was started by Sandy through her excellent blog, Another Lovely Day.   The club has a simple premise: Focus on things that you have come to believe are impossible or improbable, and … Continue reading

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Do yourself a favour. SLOW DOWN!

I’m in a light hearted mood today.  Holiday next week, and feeling on top of things.  My recent Posts have been about Conflict, so an easier topic is in order.  Time for me to fess up to yet another personal … Continue reading

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