Essential skills and behaviours needed by a leader in order to be an effective coach to their team. Perspective Leader coaches are able to sort out the range of issues in a given situation, to see how they relate to each other and to the big picture. They provide clarity… Read More»
I’m fast coming to the conclusion that the ability to have an effective, yet difficult conversation is one of the most important skills a leader can master. Business needs and deserves managers and leaders who can be courageous enough to tackle the giving and receiving of feedback, as without such… Read More»
Ah yes. For anyone who hasn’t discovered Wordle, you are in for a treat. Go to www.wordle.net and start creating word clouds! I use it with clients a lot – to summarise feedback; reflected best self; programme highlights… In the last blog, I talked about personal branding. Here is a… Read More»
Definitely! If you aren’t managing your brand then someone else will. So it might as well be you… There are some great books around about personal branding, for example, Brand New You, by Simon Middleton. My favourite is The Language of Leaders by Kevin Murray, which takes a broader look… Read More»
Let’s just say you’re looking for a leadership competency framework; a coaching structure or even a set of sales behaviours to assess and benchmark your team with. Say you look externally, you buy in this expertise and set about training your teams to ‘fit’ someone else’s best practice.That’s certainly one… Read More»
Whilst running a series of Inspiring Action workshops for a leadership team recently, I was reminded of the power of Benjamin Zander and Nancy Duarte. Zander is the Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and an inspiring leader and speaker. For a clip of the splendid Zander see www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE. For those of you… Read More»
Last year I was inspired by Clayton Christensen ‘s (Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School) article with the above title and read today it won the McKinsey award for article of the year last year. For a full copy of the article, just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), but just for… Read More»
Sometimes you just have to return to something old to find something new… prior to running an executive coaching programme last month, I wanted to read something that would re-invigorate me and did my usual amazon ‘haul’. Funnily enough (but not for my credit card) one of the oldest existing… Read More»
Scanning the many ‘Books of the Year’ columns this week (secretly hoping I might have read one of them), I thought I’d start the New Year with my Top 3 business books in 2010, each of them inspiring in a different way… Coming in at number 1 is: ‘Drive’ by Daniel… Read More»
I have been reading some frightening statistics recently A new study shows that absenteeism cost UK employers £15 billion last year. If, like me, that figure just seems too big to be of significance – and I’ve certainly found that the billions of lost pounds that were talked about in the financial… Read More»
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