News

22
Jun

Point of Focus

Many years ago when I was unwell I noticed a strange phenomenon. I have never read anything about it, nor have I heard mention of it in the many discussions I have had since, but I do believe it to be a universal truth.

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15
Jun

Locus of Control

I was recently at a dinner with a bunch of business people, and when they were asked what their biggest challenge was, right now, the most common answer, by far, was people; finding, hiring and retaining the right people so that their businesses might grow as they want them to grow.

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08
Jun

I dare you

I am a big fan of regular appraisals and have written several blogs recently recommending them to everyone. I use a specific format which is designed to allow both parties to discuss their assessment of the performance of the appraisee. My belief is that one of the biggest challenges in any relationship comes when one party thinks that they are performing at a certain level, and the other party has a differing opinion. Unless this can be put on the table and discussed, openly and honestly it is likely to fester. Doing these events regularly will turn them from an event into a process. Meaning that they are still important but no longer a ‘biggie’ allowing all parties to be more open and honest with each other and so, over time, they can become ever more constructive.

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01
Jun

Ownership

Where does the ownership lie in your business? And no, I am not talking about the shareholding and I am not referring to the financial arrangements. Who owns what in your business?

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18
May

A Learning Environment

I am a huge believer in the power of education and learning as a way of helping each of us to be the best that we can be and during a recent conversation with a colleague we were discussing why it should be that some people do not appear to be the least bit interested in being better today than they were yesterday.

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11
May

Leading Indicators

A leading indicator is a predictor of what is likely to happen. So often in business we focus on lagging indicators; what has happened rather than leading indicators, what will happen. Management accounts for example are lagging indicators, as are last week’s sales figures or todays scores. They are important to know but you can’t do anything to change them.

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04
May

A Leaders Challenge

Almost every weekend millions of people voluntarily give of their own time to participate in team sports. Whatever the season, whatever the sport, whatever the level literally millions of us will indulge in often strenuous activity in the name of what we call enjoyment.

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27
Apr

Feel good

Do your team feel good about doing a good job? It is a fairly straightforward question but like many a coaching question it is deeper and more complex than you might have at first realised.

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20
Apr

Our Greatest Challenge

I think it was Stephen Covey who said, “next to life itself our right to choose is our greatest gift.” You could view the history of the last 100 years and more as a journey from little or no choice to great and sometimes even total choice

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