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Why Managers should do more coaching and less “Bossing”

Why Managers should do more coaching and less “Bossing”

More and more organisations are looking for coaching skills training for their managers, and this flies in the face of the traditional “Command and Control” management style.  They’re not doing this to develop their managers into professional coaches.  Instead this is...

Why the Brain Gets in the Way of Change Management

Why the Brain Gets in the Way of Change Management

I suspect we have all been there. Caught in the middle of some kind of organisational change project or programme.  In my first job outside of University as a Graduate Trainee, the organisation I worked for was embarking on a change management programme - project...

The business case for Coaching

The business case for Coaching

Is coaching a cost or an investment?  Using Simon Sinek’s language, my “WHY” is that I believe people are awesome, and everyone has the potential to do, or be more than they are today.  Continuing with the SImon SInek theme, my “HOW” is that by developing inspiring...

Knowing about bias isn’t enough

Knowing about bias isn’t enough

Biases are deeply ingrained, non-conscious drivers that heavily influence every decision or judgment we make.  They help keep us alive and help us make quick decisions efficiently and stop us repeating dangerous behaviours.  But biases can also prevent us from...

We need to update the Psychological contract

We need to update the Psychological contract

We’re in the fourth industrial revolution.  There’s no escaping that fact.  The world has changed and continues to change at pace.  My 13-year-old daughter can’t believe that smart phones didn’t exist when I was in University, Google wasn’t around, and phones were...

Is the employee engagement survey really worth the effort?

Is the employee engagement survey really worth the effort?

The employee engagement survey, probably a cornerstone of your HR strategy right? But is it really giving you value for money, and a return on your investment? Let’s be clear. We all want to increase engagement levels because we know it’s the right thing to do, and...

A crash course for your first Manager job

A crash course for your first Manager job

So you’ve been given a new title, a pay rise, a handshake and a friendly "good luck."  But do you really feel prepared for your first Management job? A 2016 survey of 500 managers from micro-learning platform Grovo found that 44 percent felt unprepared for their role;...

Why can’t they hear me?!

Why can’t they hear me?!

The other day I was talking with a friend - to keep confidentiality I’ll call him Fred. It was one of those evenings. We grab a drink ready for a long overdue catch up, and he needs to let off steam…. After a day of meetings with colleagues it felt like groundhog day...

Why We Avoid Difficult Conversations

Why We Avoid Difficult Conversations

Knowing how to relate well with other people is central to our existence. The skill of navigating difficult conversations has become really important for success at work and at home - I know, my daughter is thirteen! It’s natural and normal to want to avoid having...

A Lesson for the Next Generation of Leadership Development

A Lesson for the Next Generation of Leadership Development

We’re on the edge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution where the lines between physical, digital and biological will blur. It’s predicted to bring about change that we’ve never experienced before, and at a pace that’s we’ve never experienced either. The world my...

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