Category Archives for General Leadership Articles

5 Limitations of Just Measuring Financial Performance

It is after the event and historical It is rarely real time It is subject to accounting rules which can lead you to believe that you are doing okay (because you are in profit) when you don’t have cash to meet obligations Money by itself creates nothing.  It is what you do with it that […]

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Leadership and Motivation

One of the biggest challenges you will face as a leader is staying motivated and motivating others.  People often believe that there is some magic potion around motivation but the reality is that it can be tough. Self Motivation Self motivation is key as a leader, so how might you do it: 1. Set yourself personal […]

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The 10 Questions You Must Answer In Developing Your Business Strategy

Many businesses have developed a clear business strategy, yet there are others who have not.  Some resist pulling together a business strategy because they think they don’t know how or because they fear that it will restrict them.  The good news is that a business strategy can be as simple and flexible as you like, […]

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Management and Leadership: The 3 Cs of Work Life Balance

Work life balance is often seen as an area of challenge by managers and leaders.  As we progress with our careers, move up the hierarchy it is all too easy to become so focused on our work and lose sight of other important things like family, exercise, sports and hobbies.  Work life balance for me […]

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Leadership: Determining Your Success Criteria

Working with clients, one of the things that continually surprises me is that many people in leadership and management roles lack clarity on how they are measured.  If you are a leader or manager, are you really clear on what determines whether you are viewed as successful in your role?  Why it is important to […]

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Leadership: 5 Mistakes to Avoid In Developing a Business Plan

Business plans set out the overall direction for the organisation and can be used as a yardstick to track performance.  On the other hand there is a real risk that business plans become nothing more than glossy documents that gather dust.  So what are 5 mistakes you must avoid when it comes to developing a […]

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Leadership: Knowing Your Stakeholders

Organisations have many stakeholders or groups of people who have a vested interest in the organisation.  This includes: 1. Shareholders 2. Funders 3. Employees 4. Customers or service users 5. Suppliers 6. The media As a leader you need to understand and be able to respond to the different motivators of the different stakeholders.  So how might you do this? 1. Ask […]

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Leadership: Tackling the Top Leadership Challenges

As a leader you face many challenges.  There are however some top challenges that you need to address to achieve success.  So what are they and what can you do about them? Challenge 1: Human resources management Attracting, retaining and managing talent is one of the biggest challenges you face as a leader.  The best […]

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6 Things We Can Learn From The Apprentice About Management and Leadership

The Apprentice on the BBC is one of my favourite programmes to watch.  While it is entertaining, it is also a great opportinity to learn.  So what 6 things can we learn from the Apprentice about management and leadership? Focus on the market and never forget the customer Listen to differing views so that you […]

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