Some managers take pleasure in telling staff they are doing things wrong, and there are also managers who only engage with their subordinates, when they need to point out a failing, never taking the time to praise when an employee does something right...read more
Recruiting the right staff takes time; likewise, creating and developing staff in the right way takes even longer. Don't fall into the trap of thinking you can have one without the other....read more
The start of a new year often means the listing of a set of personal resolutions. This year resolve to NOT set yourself any resolutions, but instead set yourself goals which you can measure...read more
To seek admiration as a Leader detracts from your credibility and authority as a leader; equally if you idealise a subordinate. Craving admiration leaves you dependent on your subordinates for reassurance and security.read more
If you're old enough to remember the New Radicals and their chart topping song in 1988 called 'You Get What You Give' Then you should be familiar with the concept, that what you put into something you will get out. Or put it another way, you reap what you sow. Despite these well-known expressions, some managers expect their staff to sow much more than they do themselves.read more
Everyone makes mistakes. A person who never made a mistake, never made anything. That is not to say that you can make mistakes all the time without redress, but there will be a time when you make a mistake. There is nothing wrong with that. We all need to 'Take it on the chin' when it is our place to do so. However, the manner in which your mistakes are pointed out to you should be done in a tactful manner by your Boss.read more
Words can have a big impact, and two of the most impactful are "Thank you". In day-to-day life these words make all the difference as to how you are perceived; forgetting to say them appears rude and that you take things for granted, whilst saying them demonstrates respect, and genuine appreciation.read more
"Well in MY Opinion..." A lot of managers use this very phrase to impose their thoughts or decision on subordinates. It is a cop out from justifying their view. A manager many not need to explain their reasoning, but if they want their subordinates to have belief in them, they had better learn to convey justification and reason to their people.read more
For some people in a position of 'power', they often confuse Leadership with Greedership, a 'win at all costs' mentality. Certainly, determination and tenacity are commendable traits in a leader, but a habit of 'never giving in' and a lack of self-doubt can lead to self-annihilation.read more
Everyone makes mistakes. A person who never made a mistake, never made anything. That is not to say that you can make mistakes all the time without redress, but there will be a time when you make a mistake. There is nothing wrong with that.read more
Does your Boss provide feedback which is a waste of time? Is it full of inconsistencies and negative irrelevance?
How many of us have taken part in an annual appraisal or performance review to find that you have to remember everything from the past year? Even once a quarter is difficult to recall the previous three months. For many businesses the annual review is a tick box exercise, something that has to be done. How wrong an attitude is this!?
OK, so you may not know how often your Boss changes their underwear, but does it feel to you as though they change their mind more often than they do change underwear?read more
How many of your employees have come to work inspired today, full of trust and confidence in your abilities as a... hmmm... as a what? What are you? A Manager? A Leader? Both perhaps?read more