All posts by Duncan Brodie

6 Key Areas In A Staff Appraisal Agenda

Staff appraisals are an ideal opportunity to provide feedback and provide motivation for employees.  So what are the 6 key areas that you need to cover in a staff appraisal meeting: The appraisal purpose Employee self assessment of performance Manager feedback on performance Development plans Career plans Objectives for next period What else would you […]

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The Key Benefits Of Being An Enthusiastic Leader

Being a leader can be rewarding and at the same time challenging.  Enthusiasm is a key characteristic of being a successful leader.  So what are some of the key benefits of being an enthusiastic leader? Benefit 1: Others follow  Who would you be most likely to follow.  Someone who is upbeat and focuses on results […]

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Time Management Challenges

I have recently being doing a survey on peoples biggest challenges.  One of the most common challenges seems to be time management.  So if you are challenged when it comes to your time, what can you do about it? Plan how you are going to use it Set time limits for individual tasks Look at […]

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Team Working: The Power of Using Real Life Comparisons

Delivering a training course recently, I was really impressed how one group used real life comparisons to illustrate some of the characteristics of the best teams.  As an example, one pointed to one of the reasons a choir works so well is that everyone has a very clearly defined role.  Team members in business teams […]

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5 Things You Must Demonstrate In Job Interviews

Selection interviews are still the most common way of appointing new staff.  If you are the candidate, your objective is to persuade those hiring that you are the best person for the job.  Having been interviewed many times myself and interviewed loads of applicants, I believe that there are 5 things that you must be able to demonstrate in […]

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Presenting: 7 Top Tips For Delivering A Great Presentation

It is claimed that some people fear giving a presentation more than death.  So what are my top tips for delivering a great presentation? Check the equipment in advance Make sure you know how to load the presentation Take a few minutes to relax before giving a presentation Don’t try to memorise words, just remember your […]

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What do you do to motivate others?

One of the key roles of anyone who is managing is to get results through others.  To get others to deliver results for you, it is vital that you motivate them.  Managers often believe that pay and rewards are the key things that motivate people.  Without doubt pay and rewards play a part of motivating […]

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What do business leaders do?

The role of the leader can sometimes be difficult for those not in leadership roles to understand.  From my experience there are 6 key functions of  business leaders: Providing the overall long term direction Selecting the right strategies to achieve the overall long term direction Making things happen without taking on all of the execution […]

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Improving your time management

I wonder how often we all say or hear others say that there is not enough time. Trouble is we cannot add to the number of hours available in a day, week or month. As a result it is how we use and manage the time that we have have available that matters. For me […]

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Change Management Skills

I was reading in the November 2008 edition of the magazine Professional Manager that the Chartered Management Institute’s President Sir John Sunderland sees Change Management as one of the most in demand skills over the next 10 years. In the currently challenging economy it is easy to see why that would be the case.  I am […]

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