Archive for the coaching Category

Let’s Talk About….When “Performance Culture” Goes Wrong

Q: I recently moved to a large company claiming a “performance culture”. Everyone is very dismissive and unhelpful which, even as a Manager, I find very difficult. What should I do? A ‘performance culture’ is wonderful, if carefully created and managed. Contented staff, doing jobs that suit […]

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Let’s Talk About…Improving Training Content & Delivery

Q: Our employees are unenthusiastic about the training we provide. Any suggestions? How frustrating! Let’s look to some simple ideas from the world of Adult Learning Theory, to inspire both content and delivery for 2014: Adults are internally motivated and favour self-direction, so aim to understand what […]

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Let’s Talk About…The ‘Ideas’ Trap

Q: I’m great at having new ideas, and yet never seem to move forward. Help! Some people constantly generate ideas, big or small, and it can become very difficult to progress any one task – almost like a child ricocheting from new toy to new toy at […]

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Let’s Talk About…Leadership skills

Q: As a manager with particularly strong technical knowledge, do I really need to concern myself with ‘leadership skills training’? My company’s plans for next year revolve around a ‘leadership culture’. Any work on culture is great news, in terms of setting a standard – a poster […]

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Let’s Talk About…How To Delegate

Q: My desk is piled high with new projects, but I find it difficult to delegate to my team. Is there a recommended method? We often focus on the immediate negatives of delegation (effort, inevitable beginner error…), forgetting that it will actually contribute to long-term employee, business […]

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Let’s Talk About…Stopping the ‘Auto-Apology’ Habit

Q: I feel that I am too apologetic in the workplace, and losing ‘power’ as a result. What can I do? Many of us have worked sorry into our general vocabulary without even realising it. Sentences start with an unnecessarily apologetic  “I’m sorry, but (how do I…)?”. Good […]

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Let’s Talk About…Preparing for Coaching

Q: In October, myself and other managers at work will commence individual coaching. What do I need to do to prepare? Happily, no detailed preparation is required! However, every coaching relationship – and session – should start with what is known as ‘contracting’. Think about: Content The […]

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Let’s Talk About…Driving Your Own Career

Q: Recently, my boss has suggested training courses and roles that I don’t feel suit me. Until now, all of his suggestions have felt relevant. He has promoted me often, over the years, and I want to maintain our close working relationship and not let him down. […]

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Let’s Talk About…Leading by Example

Q: I have worked hard for my current employer for 8 years and yet I see no promotion on the horizon. I see myself as a business leader and believe I have made this clear, through both words and actions. What can I do now?  I will […]

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Let’s Talk About…Defining & Communicating ‘Efficiency’

Q: I run a growing service business and want to run it efficiently. I’m not sure how to describe that to the team, or where to start in general. Can you help? Coming from a background in Operations, this mention of ‘efficiency’ really draws me in! Efficiency […]

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