5 Tips For Making Teams More Effective

Effective teams are capable of delivering exceptional results.  So what are my 6 top tips for making teams more effective?   Tip 1:  Focus on performance Give the team a real performance challenge to address rather than setting up a committee to talk about an issue.   Tip 2:  Give them a clear purpose Avoid […]

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Career: Being Prepared For Job Interviews

If you are to have any chance of standing out at job interviews you need to be prepared.  As a minimum make sure that you: Do some background research into the organisation you are being interviewed by. Understand the key challenges facing the organisation or the industry in which it operates. Have two or three […]

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Career: 3 Simple Ways To Discover Your Strengths

In any job interview there are two questions that are almost certain to be asked: What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses or areas you need to develop? So how can you discover your strengths and development needs? Self assess or reflect personally on your strengths and development needs based on your performance to […]

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Change: The Biggest Barrier

Leading is challenging at the best of time.  In the current economy, the need to make change is even more pressing for many organisations and those working in them in management and leadership roles.  The big barrier that managers and leaders need to overcome is not about process or project management.  So what is it? […]

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The Top 5 Mistakes of Less Successful Leaders

Anyone who takes the step into a leadership role wants to prosper and achieve success in my experience.  So what are the top 5 mistakes that less successful leaders make and what can you do differently? Mistake 1: Survival rather than results focus Your role as a leader is to get results.  Yet in my […]

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Career: What do you want and why?

If you are reading this blog, I am guessing that you are probably someone who wants to achieve success as a manager or leader and have a successful career.  When it comes to our career and setting goals , very few have a clear idea of what they want and why they want it. Think about […]

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Leadership: Are You Making The Tough Calls

Pick up any newspaper, trawl the internet or turn on your TV or radio and you are probably hearing a lot about the economy.  At times like this, leaders really earn their salary.  In many ways times like now really set apart the best from the rest. If you are in a leadership role right now, you […]

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Leadership Tips: The Importance of Communication

Communication is not just a core leadership skill but also a core ingredient to your success.  Communication includes speaking, writing and listening.  As a leader, you need to master all three. Speaking How many times each day do you speak.  Probably quite a few.  As a leader you need to get your message across as […]

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The Cost of Not Delegating

If you are a manager you are probably trying to keep a whole host of tasks and projects moving forward at the same time.  You probably know that you could achieve more if you were to delegate more.  In my experience managers often come up with a whole host of reasons for not delegating.  I […]

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Leadership Traits: Self Awareness

One trait that you probably identify in the best leaders is self awareness.  Self awareness is about knowing what you do best, what makes you tick, what impact you have on others and where you still need to grow and develop. The benefit of being self aware is that you can aim to play to […]

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