I ran a workshop this week with a really great team at one of my clients and the topic of targets came up for discussion. Targets had been introduced to this organisation fairly recently and the team had a very interesting discussion around how this impacted them. The role of the team was varied and … Continue reading Choose operational targets wisely
Following the vote to leave the EU in June, you might have thought that Armageddon was just around the corner. We are doomed, the economy will crash, it will take years to negotiate an exit, EU countries will punish us with high tariffs.... But Britain's small business owners, in my experience, have pretty much ignored … Continue reading Small business owners – getting on with the job
I was at the gym the other day running on a treadmill while watching the women's marathon. Normally I run at a modest 10 kph pace which keeps up my fitness without killing me. But on this occasion I noticed I was running faster and needed to increase the treadmill speed. The strange thing was … Continue reading What can we learn from Olympic performers?
How we make decisions can depend on a wide variety of things - how we feel at the time, what else is going on in our lives and, the granddaddy of them all, looking for information to confirm what we already believe (sometimes called Confirmation Bias, but I prefer to call this the "Ah-hah I … Continue reading Self-driving Terminator cars will kill us all!
In the last 2 years, I trained over 400 international managers and executives from organisations as diverse as NGOs, engineering manufacturers and global entertainment businesses. What did these people have in common? English is not their first language. The main challenge international managers face is confidence. Senior managers and executives usually have a confidence based on a … Continue reading Speaking English can seriously impact your business
International Women’s Day 2015 is probably a good time to sit back and reflect on what men should be doing to help promote workplace gender equality. We can’t simply leave this to women or see it as a women’s issue. It impacts us all. So here are my five ideas on what men need to … Continue reading How can men promote gender equality in the workplace
YOU CAN ONLY WIN IF YOU LEARN TO ACCEPT FAILURE. I have just finished watching the Australian Tennis Open final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. One thing that occurred to me during the match was the similarity between failure in sports competition, failure in business and losing in poker. Winning is easy to cope … Continue reading To succeed you have to accept failure