manager March 6, 2017 No Comments

Walk the Talk – Develop you authentic leadership style

Delegating is hard.
People not following simple instructions is frustrating.
Finding time to lead when there is so much to do is impossible.

How we do business has evolved and so has the role leaders play. They are the coach, the communicator, the glue for the team, the motivator and inspirer and the person responsible for reaching year on year, double digit growth targets.

It’s tough, it’s a role that is a lot of hard work and takes commitment. And yet we often find ourselves in leader roles, without realising what we have signed up for so no wonder things are hard, frustrating & impossible.

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manager March 6, 2017 No Comments

5 ways to be more like a push puppet

Do you know what the toy in the photo is? These are called a number of things, I know them as push puppets – you push the bottom of the toy and it collapses; as soon as you release the pressure, it springs back to form again. My niece Sophie made this one for me and whilst it’s a toy for some, it’s a great reminder for me of what I need to do when struggles and chaos descend.

How often do you feel like collapsing? How hard is it to re-form once the pressure goes? We might re-form, but a couple of things have changed – in the example of the push puppet, the head will be the wrong way round and the legs a bit wonky.

Quite often though we don’t have a choice, we HAVE to completely re-form and we have to do it FAST.

How do we do this?

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manager September 10, 2016 No Comments

Use your time and skill wisely

You are a busy manager.

You have 100 and 1 things to do and your inbox is getting fuller as you read this.

Everybody needs to talk to you, you are literally going from one meeting to the next.

All you really want to do is sit and take stock, re-connect with your team who you haven’t really ‘seen’ for weeks and feel like you are impacting someone positively, rather than just doing, doing, doing and going from one issue to the next.

Sound familiar?

I often hear this when I am facilitating my Coaching Others workshops and having been in the same position myself a few years ago, I really empathise with managers today. There is never enough time to do everything.

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manager September 1, 2016 No Comments

Are you an effective collaborator?

“They’re always working in isolation, pursuing their own solution.”

“Bob continues to withhold relevant information and expertise.”

“She only ever gets involved when it’s a project with high exposure to the CEO.”

Have you heard these before? I know I have.

They are typically the excuses we give when a project has faltered, we can’t work with someone or we don’t have the answer.

And they are not wrong. Unfortunately we all know someone who works like this. Maybe sometimes, if we are being brutally honest, we have been guilty of the same?

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