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Why should anyone be managed by you?

There are plenty of highly competent managers on the planet, and you are no doubt one of them. You manage people because you’re good at it, and you got to where you are by showing the appropriate level of competence in the various disciplines of achieving results...

How not to build a dream team

Google knows quite a bit about us.  It probably has as much data on our individual preferences and online behaviours as any other organisation on the planet.  It also spends much of its time and energy trying to understand itself. One of its more interesting recent...

The slippery path to who knows what?

Last week I bumped into some stark evidence of something potentially very worrying.   If what I saw was, as I suspect, symptomatic of what is going on in the workplace, we really are heading down a dangerous path.  Sorry to be the harbinger of doom, but I feel a...

Do you suffer from "Sundayitis"?

I used to dread Sunday evenings even more than Monday mornings.  On Sunday from about 4pm onwards I used to get a tight feeling in my stomach, thinking about what the coming week was going to be bring me.  Mondays were better, because then you knew what you were...

30 -50 and employed? How much are you hurting?

I'm planning to write a business book this year . I've been mulling on it for far too long, and every year that goes by it seems to me that the case for the book gets more compelling. In this article I'd like to do a wee bit of research in an attempt to validate the...

7 steps to build Trust

I know it's a bit early to call it, but I reckon one of the hot topics for 2017 is going to be Trust.  I guess that's not surprising, given what's going on in the US, Russia and elsewhere.  I've noticed a big increase in the number of online articles on this subject,...

A CV with difference

One of the joys of blogging and following others' blogs is the unexpected inspiration you receive when you least expect it. This morning in my inbox was an article from David Kanigan, whose Live and Learn blog I heartily recommend, as he has this effect on me...

Manager versus Leader. Confused?

Last week I coached an experienced sales professional as part of the follow up on a Leadership course he attended.  We were getting along fine, finding much to agree on over how dysfunctional the human race is becoming, the immigration crisis etc., and then he said...

Procrastination and Preferences

Last Saturday I had dinner with a couple who have moved into the village recently.  They have a bitch working cocker spaniel who has become our dog Ross' girlfriend, so we already have plenty to talk about.  Ben is a doctor, and we found ourselves talking about Myers...

Ping! Another email to read? Think again!

I meet enough frazzled business people to know that email and unproductive meetings are the two biggest time wasters in the workplace.  Of the two, email is easily the most damaging, because it is the source of so much stress.  Irrelevant, poorly run meetings are at...

Why you and your colleagues don’t trust your manager.

"The propensity for email, texting and quick-type apps has led us to forget some of our people skills, including distinguishing the nuances of language and meaning, fostering of a feeling of belonging among groups of people, and knowing our bosses and colleagues well...

Is this why Introverts hate working in the office?

Forget free food, forget our preference for natural light:  what we workers want is not be interrupted all the time. The ability to focus on work without interruption is employees’ top priority, according to an Oxford Economics survey of 600 employees and 600...

Use your ears. Otherwise IT NEVER ENDS.

As a business skills trainer I'm constantly on the lookout for new tools and different perspectives on the  topics I work on, so that it stays fresh and relevant.  I'm also looking for reassurance that what I am advocating in the training room is best practice and can...

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