How To Have A High Performing Team - it's not magic!
How To Have A High Performing Team – Step One I don’t know if you are currently a leader – in your own business or someone else’s, or whether you are hoping to step into that position in 2021.  Either way, one of the key things that is going to make you stand out from the crowd, and at the same time have a happier and more successful working life as a manager / leader,
Lead like a Lion
Talk Like a Leader – Think Like a Leader Which comes first the chicken or the egg?  In terms of the age-old context of evolution, I’m not sure anyone can say for sure.  But in terms of leadership – the answer is sometimes the chicken and sometimes the egg.  What do I mean by that? Well – in the context of thinking like a leader and talking (or behaving) like a leader – there is
Covid Virus
How has your 2020 gone?  I know – it’s probably not the year you (or anyone) had planned.  Who knew that we would face the situation we have, with a global pandemic and the on again off again tier levels and associated restrictions.  In the early days of March and April, the world was almost on hold, holding its breath to see what was going to happen.  But very soon after that, businesses realised that
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Delegation’s What You Need! I was speaking to a group yesterday – and what one of the group came up with was this question.  ‘If I am a precisionist, why do I find delegation so hard to do?’ Well, it’s obvious really. But before we get to that – let’s look at the 5 main reasons quiet leaders don’t delegate. Fear that something will go
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