Posts Tagged ‘Working Together Better’

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Leadership Lessons from Route 66 (Pt 2)

October 4th, 2013

Management & Leadership Development in SussexThis second of two blog entries about some leadership lessons that I drew from a trip across America via Route 66 earlier this year.

If you missed the first instalment you can catch-up with it here.

 

We we’re lucky enough to travel the whole Route from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. It had been an ambition for a while and we wanted to do it the proper way, on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. We made the trip as part of a group in an organised tour run by Eaglerider in the USA.

 

So how did I draw Leadership lessons out of this experience you may well ask? Well, being a management trainer and coach I try to look for learning in everything that I do and everywhere that I go. Our Route 66 experience was literally ‘littered’ with them, from the people that have helped the Route to survive and prosper, and the people who fought and in some cases continue to fight to have their town, city or attraction listed as a Route 66 Historic monument. However it is our guides and support teams on our journey that I want to focus on today for they were truly inspirational. So what did I learn?

» Read more: Leadership Lessons from Route 66 (Pt 2)

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Leadership Lessons from Route 66 (Pt. 1)

September 27th, 2013

Leadership Lessons

This blog entry is based around some leadership lessons that I drew from a trip across America via Route 66 earlier this year. We travelled the whole Route from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. It had been an ambition for a while and we wanted to do it the proper way, on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. We made the trip as part of a group in an organised tour run by Eaglerider in the USA.

 

This is a two part blog with 5 Leadership lessons in each one. The second one can be found here.

 

» Read more: Leadership Lessons from Route 66 (Pt. 1)

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Leading Meetings Effectively

March 27th, 2013

Do you regularly plan, organise or lead meetings either with your team or clients? Do you want a way of leading meetings effectively?Leading Meetings Effectively

 

If so, below you will find some top tips for leading meetings effectively to ensure that you are getting the maximum value from everyone that is present. After all, meetings are an expensive use of everyone’s time, so make them effective, make them work for you and your team.

 

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Planning a meeting – Use PPO!

March 11th, 2013

Essential Meeting Skills

How frustrating is it when your meetings don’t run to time?

How frustrating is it when you receive an invitation to a meeting and it’s not clear what will be discussed or the purpose of the meeting is not clear?

Well, if you use three little letters when planning a meeting or asking questions about the meeting you will be able to gain this much needed clarity.

 

The three letters are P P O and they stand for;

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

March 8th, 2013

Stephen CoveyStephen Covey wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,  arguably one of the most influential business and self-help books in 1989. Since then the Seven Habit model of management and leadership has become a must read book for all who aspire to be better at what they do, be it managing a team or leading a business or simply running their life more effectively. Covey argues that any effective self-help programme must begin with an “inside-out” approach, rather than looking at our problems “being out there”. We must start by examining our own character, our own thinking, behaviour and motives.

» Read more: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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Being Assertive: Approaches for saying No….

November 28th, 2012

Do you struggle to say no to requests for your time?

Do you drop whatever you’re doing to help others despite having deadlines?

 

If the answer to the two questions above was yes, then you will probably benefit from these approaches for saying No more effectively.

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Bullying – A lesson for us all?

October 4th, 2012

I saw the photo and story below shared by a friend on Facebook a couple of months ago and thought that it was such a brilliant way of getting the message across about the damage that we can cause our fellow human-beings when we bully someone. It is so simple and effective that I want to share it with you here.

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TRUST The foundation for effective relationships

July 16th, 2012

The ABCD of Trust

Trust is something that I hold in very high regard, indeed I would say it is crucial to me and the relationships that I have. I need to feel that I’m trusted and I need to feel that I can trust, be that an individual, a team or an organisation.

I’m sure like me that you’ve walked away from many deals, purchases, sales because of a lack of trust in the person that you’re talking too. Sometimes you are quite clear as to your reasons why, at other times there is just ‘something’ that you can’t quite identify.

» Read more: TRUST The foundation for effective relationships

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Performance Management – The impact of not addressing issues

March 29th, 2011

PM - The impact of not addressing issues

 

 

 

In a previous blog entry (Performance Management – Managers need to be role models) I discussed the significance and importance of Performance Management in a team or organisation and, in particular, looking at the role of the leader or manager in doing so. But what are the consequences of not addressing performance issues that arise, how might this lack of action impact on the other team members or individuals around them? How might it begin to impact on the team, the company and your customers for example? Here are some ideas to consider;

   » Read more: Performance Management – The impact of not addressing issues

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Email – Do’s and Don’ts

January 26th, 2011

Some simple tips for using emailSome tips to help you get the best out of emails and avoid some of the pitfalls

 

A simple list of Do’s and Don’ts that might come in handy when using email as a communication tool.

» Read more: Email – Do’s and Don’ts