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Let’s Talk About…Multitasking

If you are not doing one thing well, chances are you are doing many things badly – or, at least, less well. We each have only one brain, and it is really designed to cope with one thing at a time. Unfortunately, our modern world has pushed […]

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Let’s Talk About…Supporting Women at Work

Q: I have a sizeable team reporting to me, and I am keen to provide good support to women within my department. Any thoughts? This is a nice aim and I’m sure many will appreciate it. For your own ongoing success, do remember that your primary role […]

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Let’s Talk About…Managing Overtime

Q: I seem to let overtime consume my life! What can I do? Many will empathise! Lots of people do overtime on a regular basis, and not just Senior Management. A common contractual figure is 37.5 hours per week. Most people I have encountered in the world […]

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Let’s Talk About…Interview Coaching

Q: Is pre-interview coaching useful? Particularly if you are entering into a period of interviews with various companies then, yes, I think that a series of coaching sessions would be very useful in the lead-up. Going into an interview, you need to be ready for anything – […]

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Let’s Talk About…Managing Employee Ambition

Q: We hired strong young staff for our international start-up. A sizeable group has now assembled to complain about lack of promotions! What can we do? Start-ups are full of dynamic, clever young people, promised great opportunity at “a great time to get in”. They work hard. […]

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Let’s Talk About…Promotion Nerves

Q: I am nervous about putting myself up for promotion to Team Manager, leading a team of ten. What can I do? When we discuss Leadership, we often speak of it from three perspectives: above, below, and within. ‘Leadership from above’ refers to the freedoms you are […]

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Let’s Talk About…Avoiding Phone Calls at Work

Q: I increasingly avoid taking phone calls in work. I panic when I don’t know who is calling, or why, and wait hours to listen to voicemails. Many people dislike talking on the phone, but there is a difference between ‘dislike’ and ‘panic’. Did something change recently, […]

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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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