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HR Managers

According to various workplace gurus (including Jim Collins and the research team behind the landmark business book Good to Great, as well as recent studies published in the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science), humility is a critically important leadership trait. Leaders who are truly …servant-hearted …able to put others and the organization first […]

Two scary thoughts, and a dare

by Paul on 1 July 2014 · 0 comments

Gallup runs polls worldwide on employee engagement, and studies workplace performance. Their research shows that management has the biggest impact on engagement and performance accounting for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units. They say that great managers do the following… # They motivate every single employee to take […]

You really think you know how?

by Paul on 25 June 2014 · 0 comments

So you think you know how to do something? The problem is that if we think we know how to do something, we usually do it ourselves and therefore are relying on our own limited knowledge. That can mean we deliver less than optimal results. Asking for help from experts, even when we don’t feel […]

So many managers I speak with don’t seem to know what a strategy is. Do you? Many think it is this complex thing that is only relevant for very senior managers and leaders. Actually it is relevant to you and every manager at every level. Strategy is simply about allocating resources today to secure a […]

Managing your time is largely about how you organise your work, and that will affect other people. Our biggest trap is getting caught up on a treadmill of service to others. If you are overly focused on pleasing others, you are probably sacrificing productivity. Your greatest asset to your organisation is not your availability, it’s […]

Who controls your Irritation Button

by Paul on 30 April 2014 · 0 comments

If there is someone you find really irritating, at work, at home, or even a character on TV, know this… they did not create your irritation button, they are just pushing it. Here are some questions you can ask yourself… Do they remind you of someone who has treated you poorly in the past? Is an […]

Got a tough decision to make?

by Paul on 15 April 2014 · 0 comments

One of the main reasons that a decision seems to be tough is that emotion gets involved. We fear the consequences of making a wrong decision. This fear can paralyse us as we agonise over the choices. You can separate the emotion from the decision by thinking how you would feel about this choice in […]

They said it was impossible

by Paul on 3 March 2014 · 0 comments

When people say “Impossible”, it is just another way of them saying “I can’t imagine any way this could happen.” But because they cannot see a way through, does that mean it is truly impossible? Has anybody ever done it? And even if they have not (remember the sub four minute mile), maybe it is […]

Outputs vs. Outcomes.

by Paul on 28 January 2014 · 0 comments

Are outputs and outcomes different? What do you think? We always get outputs, but do we always get the outcome we want? Too often we focus only on achieving specific outputs, and this can blind us to alternative ways of achieving our outcomes. One of the reasons we focus on outputs, is because they are […]

Functional fixedness.

by Paul on 17 January 2014 · 0 comments

Functional fixedness. Do you do it? Any five-year-old has no trouble turning an old blanket and a couple of chairs into an impenetrable fort. But as we get older, knowledge and experience increasingly displace imagination and our ability to see an object for anything other than its original purpose. Functional fixedness blocks our ability to […]