The Blog

30 Jul

Lockdown Leaders: No.3 – Arsene Wenger

During the lockdown period I’ve referred in these ramblings to three individuals in sport whom I hold up as really good examples of leaders.  Two of them – Mike Brearley and Duncan Fletcher – I’ve covered before. Today, fittingly, this being FA Cup Final week, with the team he led to no fewer than seven

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23 Jul

The Lost Art of Saying ‘No’

The job market is about to become mighty busy, for young people in particular. I read an article yesterday about a receptionist position in Manchester which had attracted over a thousand applications in 24 hours. There is evidence that young people are the group most likely to be impacted in terms of the job market. And as

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16 Jul

Appraising Appraisals

Appraisal. The very word seems to send shivers down so many spines. Quite apart from the fact that I hate the word (I prefer the term ‘performance development review’), I’ve never understood why so many people so dislike the annual appraisal. It’s anticipated with all the relish of a visit to the dentist for some

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01 Jul

Lockdown Leaders: No.2 – Duncan Fletcher

In a previous blog I referred to there being three people in sport to whom I looked up and learned from as leaders. None of the three were flawless. But they each demonstrated, to me at least, so many of the traits and behaviours that I consider so important in anyone in charge of a

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24 Jun

What’s My Type?

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of what constitutes a good team. Even more so, since studying my Masters and entering the world of organization development. Talent? Of course. Essential. Hard work? A given. But there is more to it than just talent or hard work. The actual chemistry is hard to pinpoint, and

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16 Jun

Good For Morale, Apparently…

A departure from HR and related issues this time. Hope you enjoy anyway. In case you’ve missed it (which, given the fact much of the media seems to be talking about little else, would be something of a surprise), the Premier League is back this week. Or at least a version of it is. There

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11 Jun

Why Always Meet?

Reading an article in this month’s People Management, the CIPD’s monthly magazine, I was taken with a reference to a cartoon (shown below) about meetings. How true it is. In many office-based vocations one may end up being stuck in meetings for an average of around a dozen hours a week. Some would be more,

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04 Jun

That Difficult First Book

In between work for clients, catching up on CPD and promoting the company and the work I do, there’s been plenty of opportunity in lockdown for some good old-fashioned ‘me-time’. In my own case that’s meant plenty of reading, dipping back into relearning some Italian and, after an aborted experiment in trying to learn the

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28 May

Lockdown Leaders: No.1 – Mike Brearley

One of the joys of this whole lockdown period – for me, anyway – is that it has provided a prolonged and guiltless opportunity to read. Anyone who knows me will know that I am never too far away from a book. Fiction or non-fiction, I love reading. My whole family does. Over the last

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20 May

Learning To Learn: The Joy Of CPD

Hands up. Who hasn’t been spending the last couple of months working on their Continuing Professional Development, or CPD as it’s more commonly known? There surely cannot be a better time for many of us to be examining gaps in our learning and challenging ourselves to do that little bit of reading, reflecting, or sitting

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