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Category Archives: Management Coaching

The role of the non-executive director, and how to determine if they can benefit your business…

Non-executive Directors (or NEDs) are common within large organisations’ executive boards. The NED, as an outsider, can help bring a fresh perspective and vital insight into a business’ strategy – their objectivity and ability to see an overview of the whole organisation are huge assets. NEDs are usually chosen because of their experience and knowledge, …

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Are we moving towards gender equality in the workplace, or is the glass ceiling still intact?

I recently wrote a series of articles about issues that could affect the progression of your career – such as obesity, the rising popularity of tattoos, and your visibility as an employee when looking for a promotion. An issue I only touched on within the obesity post was discrimination against women in the workplace, particularly …

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What’s new in the field of leadership?

The progression of our society, shifts in values, and even technology, influence us greatly. In turn, these mould our behaviour – for example, consider how many of our attitudes today vary from those of our parents’ generation. The only constant in life is that things never stay the same. Leadership is more about the people …

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What qualities must a good leader have?

I’ve talked many times on the subject of leadership, and what successful leaders need to do in order to get the best from their team – and it’s always good insight and advice to repeat. I’ve compared styles of leadership, and even leaders themselves, such as Alan Sugar and Nelson Mandela, who have huge variations …

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Leaders: Three tips for developing an effectual, entrepreneurial team…

I’ve made much about entrepreneurialism and effectual leadership recently, and the improved results that come from applying this perspective when problem-solving. One of the benefits of visionary thinking, and making effectual rather than causal decisions, is the occurrence of innovation and creative ideas. Sticking with predictable, proven strategies and making plans that feature little risk …

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Entrepreneurs and effective leadership

There’s no doubt that having an entrepreneurial streak is a benefit, in today’s companies and organisations. As competition grows, and as fewer ‘trails’ are ‘blazed’, it’s often innovation, of an existing product or service, for example, that gives businesses the edge against their competitors. But the entrepreneur in us isn’t restricted to product development or …

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Micro-managing: what is it, and do you do it?

Micro-managing involves over-control of a delegated project, task or issue. Instead of team members or employees taking instruction and getting on with the job at hand, the micro-manager keeps them on a short leash, and closely oversees almost every aspect of the process. Not only can micro-managing impact unnecessarily on your time, it could also …

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Why is a contract necessary when engaging an executive coach for the first time?

The simple answer: for your protection.   It may sound formal and unnecessary but a coaching contract not only covers you against the worst (as per most contracts) it also helps you get the most from your sessions. Helps me…but how? Coaching currently is unregulated, and therefore open to misinterpretation, to charlatans…..indeed, it has the …

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My tips on how to prepare for executive coaching, so that you get the most from your sessions

I recently created a video that explains what to expect from a coaching session. For some executives, coaching is something they’ve not engaged before and, naturally, people can be apprehensive regarding the coaching process and what may be asked of them. In this post, I’m going to go deeper into aspects mentioned in the video, …

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Weathering stormy seas: how to deal with a hostile employee…

However painful it may be to deal with conflict, it’s obvious why disgruntled team members can’t be ignored. Not only does their own productivity drop, if their issues aren’t listened to or resolved, their unhappiness can start to affect their colleagues, too. Contention is not the nicest thing to have to deal with as a …

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