Performance Management in 2016

In one of our previous blogs we explored how performance improvement can get hampered by arduous, overly complicated or detailed performance management processes. If you can relate to this, or are in any way considering Performance management training courses to ramp up employee productivity and engagement, then this blog is a quick and worthwhile read. […]

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Corporate Babble!

“I wanted to touch base because I feel we need to think outside the box and apply some blue-sky thinking here. Taking a helicopter view of the situation leads me to believe that a fundamental paradigm shift is required. There are some conflicting agenda’s and some joined-up thinking is needed. We need to re-assess and […]

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3 Good Reads to Help you Lead.

  “The more I learn, the more I realise how much I don’t know” (Albert Einstein) When you find a book that stimulates, resonates and inspires, then reading is certainly a pleasure and not a chore. There is something special about reading a great book that not only is a compulsive page turner, but a […]

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Coaching – Are you a manager who does or a manager who doesn’t?

There are managers who coach and managers who don’t. Those in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they really are missing a trick. Coaching has moved on. It isn’t pink and fluffy, it’s solid and tangible. Coaching in business is where the soft stuff really becomes the hard stuff. The Chartered Management […]

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The Procrastination Monster!

“Procrastination is the enemy of Time” The word procrastination comes from the Latin word, ‘Pro’ meaning “in favour of” and ‘Cras’ meaning “tomorrow”. It is defined therefore as “The act or the habit of delaying or putting things off’. A one way ticket to stress, guilt and overwhelm. Allow us if you will to share a […]

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5 Attributes of Great Managers

Attitude is the key to success. Having managers who are strong leaders at every level of the organisation is what helps organisations make the leap from ‘good’ to ‘great’. Leaders should be there for their team, to offer direction, practical knowledge and grounding. But sometimes this can be a chicken and egg situation; after all, […]

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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s good for business!

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ~ Albert Einstein Michael Dell cites curiosity as the number one skill needed by business leaders for succeeding in challenging times. [Source: 2015 PwC survey] This got us thinking. Leaders are – consciously or unconsciously – role models. Their behaviour will be replicated throughout the […]

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People don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

                  Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers. Worse still, the good ones are always first to go. Common reasons for good people leaving ‘managers’ are: being overworked, […]

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Coaching from the top – the soft stuff is really the hard stuff

“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them but by lighting a fire within them.” (Bob Nelson) In a work environment, coaching is simply a form of organisational intervention that can facilitate organisational and individual change. When day-to-day management practice is based on coaching principles, progress is made. The […]

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Handling Tricky Conversations

Conflict in the workplace can present itself in many forms. With increasing demands being made on employees and managers alike; potentially difficult and uncomfortable situations resulting in the need to handle those tricky conversations can become more frequent. The findings of The Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) latest survey, ‘Difficult Conversations’, reveal that people find having […]

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Free Training Activity

The Story of Tom Wright Here’s a great quick-fire activity designed (a) to inject much needed energy when people are rapidly losing their will, and/or (b) to illustrate what can happen when people are not focused on listening or when people don’t work together to support one another. You can slot it in to training […]

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