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The Wrong Question?

Managing a team from afar has its challenges.  Keeping on top of what’s happening on the desks of our people is less straight forward, less organic, less automatic than it is when we are physically close to our teams.  Overhearing conversations about ongoing pieces of work, a quick walk and talk about the status of …

Time for Dry Socks?

If we could only offer one piece of advice to leaders in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, it would be this – keep the dry socks handy. In the trenches of World War I, particularly during the winter of 1914-1915, Trench Foot, as it later became known, was a serious and debilitating problem …

The Way We Spend Our Power

On Sunday, I attended our local church for the Remembrance Day service on the Centenary of the Armistice.  Remembering and honouring those who made this sacrifice is poignant and moving – no matter what your religious persuasion. During the course of the service, the congregation sang a hymn by Ally Barrett – ‘Hope For The …

Designing Corporate Culture

Investing time and energy in articulating the purpose, core values and direction of your business is never a wasted exercise. It’s not uncommon for companies which are very clear on the WHAT (products and services, financial strategy, supply chains), the WHERE (market place, logistics) and the WHO (client base, suppliers, leadership and workforce) of their …

New Managers – Your Management Style

Found yourself in a management position with little or no background in leading and managing people? Follow my suggestions below for ways to define your management style – and remember that time and experience are the best sources of natural confidence, so don’t worry if you’re not ‘feeling it’ now. Be sensitive Your approach needs to be …