For a long time there has been a plaque on my office wall which reads “Happiness comes from progress. Progress shows up in the form of growth and a sense of contribution”. I don’t know where the quotation came from initially but it remains there because I believe it to be true.
Read more … Making Progress
Mountain climbing is a dangerous and precarious sport. Often when mountain climbing the protagonists take the sensible precaution of being tied securely to something or someone so that should an accident happen and someone was to fall, their fall would be halted by whatever or whoever they were tied to. We refer to that process as belaying.
Read more … A Secure Base
Back in 1959 Frederick Herzberg first published his paper on The Motivation to Work. In the half century or so since it was published it has remained one of the leading works on the subject. How leaders get their people to behave the way they would want is a constant challenge in almost all businesses.
Read more … Worthwhile Work
The last three or four blogs have been about the compelling scoreboard. I believe it to be one of the most powerful management tools available. It helps to foster engagement, accountability and most importantly a sense of progress.
I have said that it depends upon ownership and visibility. Like many of the tools available to us its effectiveness and acceptability depend upon how skilfully it is used.
Read more … The Compelling in Compelling Scoreboard
Visibility and ownership are the two principles that underpin the power of a compelling scoreboard. The most important of these is ownership.
Read more … Compelling Scoreboard 2
Jayne started a new job. It was the first time she had ever taken what might be called a management job. She was in charge of a small team of people and she was nervous; nervous for a number of reasons.
Read more … Compelling Scoreboard 1
These words take me back to my first significant management job. I was young, ambitious and raw. I had managed to land a role which definitely took me to a new, a higher and more challenging level. I had been given the opportunity to run a significantly bigger business than I had been used to.
Read more … Another Day, Another Dollar
Marshall Goldsmith is one of my favourite authors on leadership and I was re-reading his excellent recent book ‘Triggers’ when I came across an interesting comment. He was talking about a client who said he wanted to change, but didn't really mean it.
Read more … Have you maxed out professionally and personally?
There is a photograph of a handful of coal miners having a final cigarette at the entrance to a North Eastern pit, ready to descend by mechanical lift into a cold, dark wet hole in the ground.
Read more … How Different Things Are