Diffeering Opinions - or 'conflict' -can be great for business
Why Conflict is Your Friend – or How To Stop Hating Your Team. Do you ever find yourself incredibly annoyed or at least irritated by the characteristics of your colleagues?  You know those things that start off as little things but because no-one talks about them, they grow in importance until someone somewhere starts shouting and blaming and losing the plot.  You see – we are not very good at conflict.  No-one teaches us how
Love Puzzle
This week I thought I would share with you an interview I did this week with the lovely Ellen Dorian.  As you know, I talk about quiet leaders and their relationships at work.  Ellen is all about the personal relationships that help leaders to also build their companies.  Ellen specialises in helping executives who are passionate about their jobs, businesses and careers, to get things in balance and stop neglecting their relationships. This is so
Confused emoji face
Here’s a question a frustrated manager recently asked me,  “How come delegation never works?”.  It’s a question (or a variation of it) that I have heard many times over the years.  You might have even thought something similar yourself.  Perhaps you have managed a team who never seemed to complete anything you asked them to do, or if they did it took too long, or it wasn’t to the standard you would expect.  And maybe
I Don’t Need Another Parent – Do You?
One of the most common complaints I hear from my clients is, “Why won’t my team step up and just do the stuff that I would do if I was that was me?”.  I was talking about this live on LinkedIn today in fact.  (Watch it here) Often in these scenario’s I also get told that certain individuals are acting almost like children, throwing toys out of prams, refusing to do what they have been
Be a Boss
When you think of Business Leaders, do you think of Elon Musk, Sir Alan Sugar, and Theo Paphitis?  There is a certain stereotype which comes to mind when talking about the leadership required to run your own business.  And it is a stereotype that holds people back from starting up a business.  And it shouldn’t. There have been studies done – one by Adam Grant at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which

Quiet Leadership?

“Quiet” might not be the word you would associate with a successful leader. The business world has a tonne of stories about big brash leaders – LOUD leaders – from Elon Musk to Donald Trump, running companies with an iron fist.  These leaders get results through fear in most cases.  Or at the least through having such strict structures in place that people don’t have to use their own initiative at all.  They also have

Harsh But Fair?

Harsh But Fair? With this skill, you will be able to positively affect your team’s performance and also their morale.  You will be able to speed up their development in their role or encourage them towards the next role.  Your company, turnover, and profits will all grow, and you will be able to sleep at night knowing that your company functions well, you have competent people and you don’t need to be there every second
Too much of a good thing
Well, here I am in Tunisia, and I’m not sure where the time has gone or whether I am more happy to be going home, or more sad to be leaving.  And it made me ask the question – how much is ‘too much’ of a good thing.  I don’t know about you, but 7 days never seem long enough, and sometimes 14 days seems too much.  On the other hand, I remember a friend
bottleneck in your business
Bottleneck to Boss.  Why are you holding your business back? Are you looking to grow your business?  If the answer to that is ‘yes’ but it isn’t happening, then the next question is – ‘are YOU holding your business back?’ What often happens in small businesses is that the owner naturally does everything – at first.  There is only you right?  Or maybe you start as a partnership, so there are 2 of you –
Happy kids
How to Win The Three Legged Race in Business The Three-Legged race – it’s that time of year isn’t it?  Have you been at a school sports day recently?  Or do you remember your own sports days? Well, I was at my kids sports day today, and it was good to see all the ‘old’ stuff still exists.  There is still the ‘Egg and Spoon’ race, Tug of War and of course, the good old