Top 10 Tips for Delegation – How to Keep the Monkeys Off Your Back

7/2/2014 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing

Delegation is one of the barriers to growth that we must overcome or risk being swept away by ever increasing demands on our time; diverting our focus away from leading and growing our businesses. Often, we do things out of habit or because we think we should be doing them. If we ask ourselves, “Why are we doing this? What is this achieving and what would happen if we stopped doing this?” we can see their true value to the business.

This can mean handing over tasks that you enjoy doing as well as ones that you don’t. It also requires an investment of time and trust to delegate work but it’s necessary if you want to grow your business.

Your self-talk will resist the change: “By the time I explain it to them, I would have been quicker doing it myself.”

And then there’s the one for the perfectionists out there like myself, “They won’t be able to do the work as well as me and might make mistakes.” Any of this sound familiar?

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Stop! Before You Hire Another Manager Read This

6/26/2014 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Recruitment

It may be part of a growth strategy, succession or to resolve conflict in a team because the last guy screwed up – but whatever it is, adding a new manager to the team can be very much a storming process.

We take a look at some of the issues you may face and give some insight into how to go about making management change a smoother process.

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Why You Should Focus on Interrogating Success

6/24/2014 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing

When we are frustrated it can be very tempting to focus solely on what’s going wrong in our businesses because we want to stop and prevent issues from occurring. But this can be very damaging to staff performance as well as morale. Your time may be better spent identifying the key moments where your team are doing things right and trying to duplicate those successes instead.

Ask yourself: when was the last time that you had a meeting with one of your staff and asked them about what went well recently? If you haven’t, don’t worry - you’re not alone.
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3 Ways Business Leaders Can Push Their Team to be More Productive

6/17/2014 posted in Leading, Not Managing

Do you ever get the feeling you’re putting all your energy into your business but worry that your team isn’t moving with you? You may find that giving your talent a productivity boost might help you get them on the same page as you.

While productivity levels will vary from person-to-person here are some key actions that you can take to encourage them to fulfil their potential.

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Why Business Leaders Need More Than a "Quick Fix"

5/28/2014 posted in Leading, Not Managing, Life At The Top

‘Directors’ of growing businesses are not the same as ‘owner-managers’. They have different profiles, different leadership styles, different needs, different experiences, different resources and very different ambitions. However, the banks and much of the business support industry often like to lump all independent businesses together.

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The Secret Science of Staff Motivation

5/16/2014 posted in Leading, Not Managing, Being a new CEO

In our businesses, we create incentive systems with targets and goals, we may even offer bonuses and in this sense we as leaders, try to direct our employees behaviour. But, did you know that inside the human body there are 4 chemical incentives that work the same way- if not better, and will explain why so many “incentives” don’t and simply can’t work.

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Most MDs Don’t Know What They Really Want - Do You?

4/30/2014 posted in Leading, Not Managing

The conference hall goes silent as I pull out the flipchart marker pen. You could hear a pin drop. A glimpse of the blindingly obvious or a stroke of genius, I write on the flipchart, “The problem is that most of you don’t know what you really want.” 

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8 Key Trends in Management Training That All MDs Should Know

4/25/2014 posted in Business, Speakers, Leading, Not Managing

I’ve been running courses for nearly 20 years, and I have identified some long term and some recent trends that are worth considering if you’re getting your people trained. I say IF, because amazingly there are many MDs and business owners that spend tens of thousands of pounds employing people and then they don’t give them any training in management, they just expect them to copy their boss, or make it up. Let’s assume you aren’t one of those!

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9 Habits of Highly Motivational Business Leaders

3/17/2014 posted in Leading, Not Managing, Work/Life Balance Issues, Being a new CEO

Motivation is the key to effective leadership within your organisation. As a business leader it is your capacity to lead or drive change that really makes all the difference to what is possible. You must remember that motivation is a catalyst for action, marked with enthusiasm and interest.

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Is Wearable Technology the Key to Improving Staff Performance?

2/20/2014 posted in Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Technology

Over the last few weeks, the papers have run a number of stories about the role of wearable technology in the workplace.Most of the stories have been hooked to the release of the Business Microscope.  This is a new product from Hitachi. It looks like a name badge but allows organisations to monitor the movements of their employees; track who they talk to and can even measure how enthusiastic or active they are during meetings. If the wearer makes little or no contribution to, say, a sales meeting then their lack of input can be measured and noted.

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