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Blog What is Emotional intelligence? In 1990 John Mayer and Peter Salovey’s research confirmed that some people are better than others at 1....
I recently had a new member join my team at home, an assistance dog for my eldest daughter.
Here are my top tips for bringing on a new member of any team.
I meet many leaders and often the coaching focuses on what their priorities should be and what a good leader should do.
Here are my top five.
We are often asked by leaders which books, videos or articles they should read for their development.
Here are a few we recommend.
Fast moving change has become the norm in all walks of life with technology leading the rapid changes in how we work and communicate. Managing change is a key leadership requirement.
I am often asked “what makes a good leader?”
My answer is: leaders are like food, it depends on the time, place and people as to which meal is considered the best. However meals often use the best ingredients
In order to tackle procrastination there are 5 practical steps. You may also have to challenge the way you are thinking. Here is how.
Is it the case that you have to have to be born with charisma to influence with impact? We think not. There are some learnable skills which will help any leader. It is an art you can become better at.
Being present is a top principle for leading. We need to be able to give undivided attention and have the ability to make others feel they are only ones in the room. It’s only then that we can communicate really well by taking the time to listen to what people are saying.
For those who may have missed it another Glastonbury Festival happened this weekend. The Festival is widely considered the best in the world and the best bands fall over themselves to appear at it and tickets sell out every year, even whilst other festivals struggle.
When I am walking with my young daughters we are often in a rush to get to school or somewhere I want to be.
The focus is getting there quickly, and there is less interest from me in what they are saying and doing and more on trying to get us to go faster.
I spend a fair bit of time in cafes having meetings or coaching and I am always perplexed when the staff won’t come over to ask if you want anything else.
I was in a cafe the other day for 2 hours (we were pretty much the only people in it) and still I had to go to the counter to get any service. I would have ordered more if I had been asked.
What a great Olympics it’s been. I don’t know about you but I have been inspired and daunted at the same time.
Here is what I have taken from it so far: Astounding 10,ooo meters champion Mo Farah says he has to run 120 miles a week in training. Lesson. There is no easy success, you have to put in the graft.
My Tai Chi teacher often begins classes by explaining how the best practitioners are able to practice moves they have done a thousand times and still retain a state of ‘beginners mind’. This is when they are really aware of what they are doing and how to improve further
Blog Training people up.Time to read: 1 minute:I have just returned from a great week running some leadership workshops in Dubai. This was the first...
Everybody has a different idea of what a challenge is. I am running the Brighton Half Marathon in a few weeks time. For me the distance is a bit of a challenge, but I am pretty sure I can make it that far.
When I am at my office I often get asked if I want a cup of tea by the friendly co-workers sharing the space. I tend to turn the offer down. I head to the kitchen to make my own tea as an when I need it.
On the face of it this is inefficient as I could be working whilst someone makes my tea.
By using the following questions you can make sure your goals are well formed and effective. Each level has questions which are worth considering ahead of taking action.
Know the real objectives of your meeting. Keep the focus on achieving it.
Always write down a simple agenda and let all have it before the meet.
Put Any Other Business as the first item on the agenda and get people to put these in.
Select a good meeting place and the right hour and day for those attending.
Address each of these areas to lead others and enable them to help you: VISION – let your vision drive everything you do. GOALS – set clear time bound goals around what you are out to achieve.
Delegation is easier and more successful if you follow this simple check list to prepare what you need to communicate when delegating:
I was at a client recently running a leadership training course. During the tea break I went to the kitchen with a couple of the managers to grab a cup of te
I went mountain biking the other day with some friends, because my mate had organised it and picked a place and date.
I recently tried windsurfing on my local lagoon. I was soon realising it was a lot harder than it looked. I tensed up, wobbled a lot and was so focused on not falling in I couldn’t move.
A couple of weeks ago I was to be found running along Brighton seafront dressed as Buzz Lightyear chasing a pink fairy. No not a weird dream but the 10k Heroes fun run.
This program will enable you to be an outstanding communicator, understand the behaviours and intentions of others,build better and more effective relationships, use effective planning and set clear goals.
I recently lost my car key. I had just unloaded the boot and then couldn’t for the life of me find the key. I searched my pockets, likely places I might have put it down and had no joy.
Sometimes things don’t run smoothly and you get a few curveballs thrown at you out of the blue. Here are our top tips for keeping on track.
There are many ways to set goals. When you are growing a business it helps to keep it simple. These are our goal setting tips:
Being developed is the number one engagement need for a lot of people. You need to be really good at identifying peoples needs and helping them fill them. This one day course will enable you to effectively train, coach, give feedback and delegate to get the best from people.