Being a role model is an inherent part of being in a managerial or leadership position - your team looks up to you and expects you to lead the way in behavior and values. This topic often comes up in management & leadership workshops. From time to time I see delegates back away from being a … Continue reading Walking the talk can be a challenge
Like most people, having never been to a real prison, my knowledge of the prison system was limited to the often depressing news about them and their residents. That changed last week when I had the privilege of visiting Portland prison in Dorset with the youth offending rehabilitation charity, Key4life. There I met 30 young … Continue reading There is no them, only us
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?
I am good at my job. How hard is this to say out loud? Acknowledging that you are good at something can be difficult - what if people disagree with you, what if you are wrong, what if they laugh at you? I was working with a client recently who was clearly a very talented and … Continue reading You are good at your job
Seth Godin's blog on Sunday was very short and to the point. "It's not your fault...but it might be your responsibility. That's a fork in the road on the way to becoming a professional." I would like to add the following. "That's a fork in the road ..." ...for deciding not to point the finger … Continue reading It’s not your fault but it might be your responsibility
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