23 Aug 2017
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This rather gloomy prediction may not be the most uplifting thing you read today so you will have to draw on some of the special magic that all true managers have, your perseverance and drive. What do I mean by this and how should we respond? I live in…

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26 Jul 2017
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“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends”. – Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth Let’s talk content. I wonder how many hours of your life you have used up sitting through a PowerPoint presentation? Let’s speculate that most…

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29 Mar 2017
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When you have difficult decisions to communicate in the coming weeks, remember to: Recognise the continued contribution of the person/group involved – build their confidence and courage Get straight to the point and communicate the decision/bad news. (Demand the utmost of yourselves in this) Demand the utmost of others – by…

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01 Mar 2017
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Congratulations: The incredibly complex, accurate and thorough analysis, afforded by modern internet applications, recognizes that only the most impressive leaders read these blog posts from start to finish, and you are one of those impressive individuals! Praise and recognition is the number one tool at our disposal for releasing…

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31 Jan 2017
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I imagine that you could remember a number of encounters that changed the way that you think and behave, these may have been in a social context or in your business life, what they will share will be in the vivid recollection more that the content – that will…

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23 Nov 2016
self-awareness

In order to be able to carry out our responsibilities effectively, we need to develop a management style, which is not simply reactive.  And this is not easy, because our ‘survival instinct’ teaches us to react with caution or defensiveness to any new or unexpected development, whether in a…

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26 Oct 2016
commitment-and-understanding

The final frontier that has to be breached by all business communication, is the commitment of the other party to your proposition. The other party of course is a person (or group) that has their own agenda, interests and distractions and may be resistant or ambivalent to your ideas….

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12 Oct 2016
your-legacy-and-reputation

Your legacy At some time in the future, you will almost certainly be appointed to a new position and no doubt focus all your energy on creating a good start. You will ‘Govern Change’, re-organise, look for new ideas and create fresh initiatives and wonder why your predecessor did…

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14 Sep 2016
organic-or-technical

There are 5 fundamental categories of business meetings, if you distil all of them down to their essence, they are: The recruitment meeting The appraisal and/or development meeting The business progress meeting The reprimand meeting The dismissal meeting These categories contain several types of meetings. For example, the business…

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24 Aug 2016
Fess-Up

There has been much talk of ‘Blame Culture’ developing within commercial organisations. Very few businesses and Public Sector ventures can honestly say they have none of this. How does it develop and, how do we prevent it? The solution lies with you and I taking responsibility for our actions…

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