As we will all be experiencing another period of change in our professional lives, we wanted to take the opportunity to look at how best to manage this change.
It is often natural for us to resist change, but as business and team leaders, we know that change is important, but helping people and organisations through this is something that may not be straight forward. This article explores barriers and how to help implement fundamental and positive ways forward with your team.
Research by the Chartered Management Institute suggests that barriers to change can be complex, and the main challenges … Read on
June 1st, 2020
Did you know that people fear giving presentations more than they fear death?
If you are one of those people, then here are some steps to take to quell that fear.
Manage Your Nerves
When I first trained to be a trainer at Rolls-Royce plc my Manager told me that the day he had people working for him that were not nervous when presenting was the day he didn’t want them working for him. He believed that being nervous meant that we cared, and our adrenaline pumping through our veins made us good at presenting.
Here are some ways to … Read on
February 16th, 2020
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 to paint the pillars and your colleague can only see people? How difficult would it be to get them to agree to paint pillars they cannot see?
This can often be what is happening when you are struggling to influence people at work and at home to do what you think is important? They just see different things or things differently, so we need to help … Read on
February 12th, 2020
One of our most popular courses and subject that people bring up in coaching is how to deal with people or situations that they perceive to be difficult.
Here are some tips to help you eliminate your difficult perceptions in 2020.
The focus of the reframing exercise is to explore why people behave in the way they do and the reasons why. For example think back to when you were a child. Did you ever refer to one of your siblings as “an idiot”? If we continue to think of them as an idiot we will struggle … Read on
January 14th, 2020
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.
Coaching at the first level requires nothing more than great questioning and listening skills. Need some advice on that? Keep an eye out for next months blog that takes us back to basics on questioning and listening skills. We gave you some models including the GROW model and the Perceptual … Read on
October 2nd, 2018
“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. … Read on
September 4th, 2018
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)
Use … Read on
July 1st, 2018
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.
What is assertiveness?
Being assertive is positive and it is about:-
- Standing up for your own rights in a
February 1st, 2018
Time Management is like losing weight – we all know how to do it but we slip into bad habits!!
Here are our Top 9 Tips
- Use the Urgent and Important Matrix
- Work Out When You Are Most Productive
- Do your most important tasks in your most productive time
- Routine tasks should be done when you are at your least productive
- Be Proactive
- Take responsibility
- Think about the implications
- Cope with Your Email
- Schedule certain times of the day to open and respond to them
- Don’t always give in to pressure to reply immediately
- Clear Your Desk
- How many pieces
June 1st, 2014