Tag Archives | Engagement

What’s your bigger picture? Or are you too busy to remember what it looks like?

One of the columnists I enjoy reading is Iqbal Wahhab founder of Roast Restaurant he’s an entrepreneur with not just lot of business savvy but talks great sense about UK PLC. An article he wrote earlier this year recounted a conversation with potential investors that would allow him to expand by adding a few new […]

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Using stories in leadership… Are you sitting comfortably, now I’ll begin…

… that’s how a popular children’s programme used to start which was on just before Woman’s Hour so listened to by thousands of children every day. We all love stories, whether they are total fiction or stories about real life events we still love them. It’s the way that history and indeed news was passed […]

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Which Strategy Works Best…

Last week’s blog on the criteria we use for promoting people generated dialogue on how people will promote for fear of losing a ‘key’ employee, only to pay the consequences later for a variety of reasons. And how sometimes that fear can be because of the wealth of knowledge and experience that a person has […]

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Criteria for Promoting People…

As ever, my bathroom reading proved interesting again this week. An article in Management Today caught my attention. Entitled ‘The Indispensability Trap – Why being too good at your current job is a risk’, the following quote started me thinking … “Those who promote you make a leap of faith, a hope that you will […]

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21st Century Communication

Are you one of the many people who has taken leave over Easter and so are away from your workplace for more than the four day weekend? And thinking about your inbox when you return, how does that make you feel? No doubt a little daunting, a sense that within hours of opening up email […]

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Lessons From Commuting Chaos

Are you standing on the station waiting for the train with everyone else or taking your own lead? I’m fortunate that I don’t have to commute on a daily basis and so when there are significant train delays it’s an inconvenience but not a disaster … For the second time in as many weeks, there […]

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From Battlefield To Garden

In recent blog posts I’ve talked about business ethics, cost cutting and authentic leadership, plus the impact of these on employees, which – for more than two thirds of the work place – has resulted in burnout. This very much reflects the current situation in many organisations, even if its not obvious or openly admitted […]

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Employee Burnout

Is employee burnout something that you’ve experienced or witnessed in the past? Is it something as a business owner you fear might be happening to you? This week HR Director magazine published the results of survey where more than 200 HR directors cited employee burnout for more than 30% of employees … That’s nearly a […]

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How Urgent Is Urgent?

As I write this, the World Economic Forum at Davos has just come to an end for another year. It’s a place where great world and thought leaders come together to debate the emerging issues of 2013 and their implications for the global economy and their industries … And I noticed that the Institute of […]

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Mentoring and Nurturing – Sometimes it’s Tough Love

For me, there’s a very fine line between coaching and mentoring and perhaps even more of a fine line between mentoring and nurturing. However for nurture please don’t read molly coddle! And one of the things that I advocate is that all mentors and coaches should have mentors and coaches that they too work with […]

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