Management, leadership and team development articles and advice
The circle of concern, influence and control by Stephen Covey  is a resilience tool I often share with leaders when they need to work out what to...
How do you take control of powerful emotions so that you can think more clearly? Here are three science backed ways that are simple but efective.
Some people are claiming we will have more negative consequences from being afraid of Covid-19 than the virus itself. They subscribe to the traditional view of stress and fear…
Is there a practical method for building habits that help you succeed? Toby explains in this short...
Perceptual Positioning is an emotional intelligence technique that gives you insights into how to change your communication in order to get a better outcome, have more influence or simply understand someone else better.
Why does emotional intelligence matter to leaders? Can you increase your levels of it? Does gender make a difference?
Here are my top tips for bringing on a new member to the 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.
Why does purpose make the difference? How do you use purpose and values to lead effectively? Do teams care about purpose?
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.
Staff often won’t come over to ask your help or make complaints. They expect to be asked. They may also have ideas that they will share, but only if they think you want to hear them.
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
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...
What is your real challenge as a leader? Everybody has a different idea of what a challenge is. Discovering what your limiting beliefs are as a leader is a real challenge.
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.
How do you make sure your meetings are effective. One of the biggest bug bears in organisations is poor quality meetings. How do you make sure they go well?
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.
Leading is different to managing. A leaders role is often to set the pace. How do you set the pace as a leader?