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How sure are you that you are Coaching your team rather than strongly encouraging them to do things your way?

Check out Myles Downey’s spectrum of Coaching and see where you fit. Now ask your team where you fit. Read on if you need some tools to help you coach. Read more…

Building High Performance Teams

Successful teams all give themselves the time to learn to be a team.” (Katzenbach and Smith, 2001)

Whether you are a team member or a team leader you have a role in building your team to high performance.

Tannenbaum and Schmidt (1958)

In 1958 Tannenbaum and Schmidt gave us a continuum that is a simple model of leadership theory which shows the relationship between the level of freedom that a manager chooses to give to a team, and the level of authority used by the manager. You can see that as the team’s freedom is increased, the manager’s authority decreases. This is a positive way for both teams and managers to develop.

This is a useful continuum for us to explore Read more…

Looking After Your Own Career

It’s that time of year. The sun has arrived and we spend more time outdoors often causing us to reflect on what we should be doing. Is one of these things managing your life and career? Here are some tools to help you while reflecting in the garden with a beer.

Wheel of Life

This tool helps you reflect on every area of your life and make some decisions on where your focus should be. This is great to do individually or as a family group. (Click on the wheel for the tool) Read more…


Have a look at this picture. What do you see? Now show it to your colleague. What do they see?

Do you both see different things?










Imagine influencing in this instance if you wanted Read more…


Take a moment to think about how realistic your new year’s resolutions were.

  • Have you avoided having that conversation with your boss about new opportunities or a pay rise?
  • Are you still waiting on the right time to tell your partner about your dreams for 2018?
  • Are you saying yes to things at home and at work that you promised yourself you would stop doing in 2018?

Here are our top tips on being assertive and asking for what you want. Read more…

Pimp your Presentation

One of our delegates made this fun poster in Presentation Skills on tips to “pimp your presentation”.









Why Inspirational Leaders are a must in Engineering and Manufacturing

Free Tools and Techniques in this issue. Also, read more about our Developing Inspirational Leaders Programme.

How to Prioritise your Workload

How to Prioritise your Workload for a More Productive Day via @GoToMeeting. Send us an email for a free tool.

Aspiring Olympian Dionne Samuels – Read her inspiring story …

Dionne Samuels’ first goal of the year is IN THE BAG! #GoDionne


“Onwards and upwards. This year is looking good :)”

As New Year’s Resolutions become a distant memory for many of us as we race through February, Dionne already has her first goal in the bag, winning 1st place in the Midland Championships Women’s Indoor 60m held at Birmingham’s Barclay Arena this month – and not only that, she beat her own personal best too!

With her sights set on becoming a member of Team GB at the Olympics, we’ll be sharing Dionne’s story, so be sure to check back here or sign up for our updates and join us in supporting her on her inspiring journey.

Dionne demonstrates to all of us what real focus, discipline and high performance is all about. Read more…

Tips for Managing a Global Workforce

A lot of our clients operate globally. Here are some great tips on managing a global workforce. Which one do you like best?

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  • Middle Management

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