Creating the Conditions for Effective Teamwork

Teams are a collection of individuals with complimentary skills who are seeking to achieve a specific result or results.  It might be to reduce wastage, improve throughput, increase sales or better determine project costs to name just a few.  Effective teamwork relies in the conditions being created that facilitate effective teamwork.  So what areas require […]

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Management: 5 Mistakes to Avoid In Managing Workload

When asked what their biggest challenge is, many managers say that getting everything done is what they struggle with most.  One of the major differences of being a manager is that you are no longer just responsible for one or two things.  You need to manage a varied workload as well as people and resources.  […]

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Key Skills In Leadership Success: Decision Making

A successful leader needs to have a range of skills.  In the currently challenging economic climate there are some skills which will be more important than others.  The first of these is decision making.  In 2009 you are likely to be faced with more decisions than ever.  These decisions might include: Should you cut the […]

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What Do You Want To Achieve in 2009?

A new year is often a time when people take stock and set some resolutions for the year ahead.  Most of these resolutions never materialise so it might seem that there is little point in setting out what you want to achieve in 2009.  Yet in truth, if you are someone who: Knows what they […]

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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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