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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…Designing Your Personal Development

Q: As a senior manager, I have spent the last couple of years focusing on intensive staff development. However, I now realise that I have neglected myself! What can you recommend? I recommend opening up the conversation so that you can approach this somewhat strategically! Randomly choosing […]

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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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Let’s Talk About…Coaching vs. Mentoring

Q: I have been offered the option of ‘coaching or mentoring’ at work. I think I understand what Mentoring is – someone from my industry helping me, based on their own experience – and I wonder, is Coaching different?    This is a really good question, as […]

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Let’s Talk About…Addressing Behavioural Skills at Work

Q: Last year, I hired a promising young manager to look after my teams, 22 people in total. He’s from a company known for its very tough culture, but at interview he promised he was very adaptable. A few months in, it  is clear that he is […]

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