What Makes a Good Manager?

  In the past 40 years a vast library of books and articles on all aspects of management, including ones focusing on the differences between management and leadership, has been produced. Back in 1975, following detailed research into what senior people actually did, Henry Mintzberg’s seminal article in the Harvard Business Review concluded that the […]

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The Demise of Free Speech

Has no one else noticed this gradual slide into a world of total conformity and ‘political correctness’? I’ve just read a really interesting (but somewhat depressing) book about this very fact. It’s called ‘Trigger Warning’ and it’s been written by a once very left-wing journalist, Mick Hume. Everybody believes in free speech of course, although that view […]

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How Self-Aware Are You?

We all think we know ourselves pretty well and some of us obviously do. But in my experience, very few of us know ourselves as well as we imagine and even fewer really know how we appear to others. We don’t see the inconsistencies, as managers and leaders, between what we say and how we behave […]

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2014 – A Year of Variety

Looking over my business activity for last year, I was struck by the variation in what I actually did for my clients. So here is a short list: Coaching software engineers new to management in a medium-sized Japanese company. Coaching managers in a small UK off-shoot of a large Australian professional services company. Coaching a […]

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Case Study: Leadership Development

For some of my clients I run some group-based leadership development programmes on specific areas such as conflict management, emotional intelligence and interviewing skills, as well as leadership and management and communication. Whilst this type of activity can be classed as training, each programme is bespoke and focused exactly on the needs of that particular […]

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Corporate Training: Take your business to the next level with the help of an experienced training coach/recruitment advisor

Take your business to the next level with the help of an experienced corporate training coach/recruitment advisor. Everyone in any senior position will have heard the old adage ‘People are an organisation’s greatest asset’, but there’s a reason this phrase is so well known… it’s true! As long as they are selected with the right […]

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Managing expectations of existing staff members

As they are preoccupied with finding the perfect external candidate via established selection and recruitment processes, employers can easily forget about their existing employees. However, dealt with poorly, the recruitment procedure can lead to employee dissatisfaction, disillusionment and even departure! Managing expectations is extremely important. Because of this, after having established exactly what it is […]

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“Should I look to promote someone in-house or not, and how can a recruitment advisor help?”

Should I look to promote someone in-house or not? Many organisations still make the mistake of promoting people who are good at what they are currently doing without considering whether their current skills will necessarily translate into their new role or not. Although what I am about to say applies to all sorts of roles, […]

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