Leadership is THE topic of talk when it comes to all facets of the business world. The modern expectations of leaders and leadership are extremely high, and rightfully so. The modern business leader has more resources and technology at their fingertips than ever before dreamed of, therefore the capacity to grow and develop has reached heights, and as a result, so have our expectations
Communication is something we all do every day, and whilst communication is mostly easy, communicating with impact is difficult. It’s a skill that needs mastered, cultivated, and given the opportunity to be practised and given space to grow like you would with any other skill.
Contrary to the title of this blog, there are probably a million ways to kill teamwork, but for the purposes of this blog and to save you reading a mammoth article, we are going to focus on, what I believe, to be the top three.
We have heard every single ship analogy there is when it comes to teamwork. I’m not going to start listing them or even tell you how teams work better when they are all in the same boat. This blog is going to tell you how to get your team on the boat in the first place.
Everybody out, the building is on fire!
I am sure it has happened to us all at some stage in our lives! The smoke, fire or security alarm goes off in a building, and as logical, well rounded, mindful adults, with a focus on being responsible, we sit and look around us to try and understand if;
The real question is this: Are you really a forward-thinking leader, or do you just think you are?
Rather than clock-watching the hours of your life at work go by, here are five simple steps you can apply, right now, to find your true passion at work!
When I think about leadership there are four key words that spring to mind;
For me, this is what I think makes a great leader, and are the four keys I focus on for my own self-growth and personal development. Lately, I have been challenged that I should really have a fifth word on this list.
Great leaders understand their people. That statement can often be taken for granted. We assume that we ‘know’ our team and to a degree, we probably know them enough to remember their birthdays or have a social conversation without it being awkward. But, is this enough? Understanding these 4 basic personality types could help you rise above the rest and empower you to be a better leader. So, what are they?
There is no day more frustrating than when you have tons of work to get through, yet a complete lack of focus to get through it all. Workplace performance is intrinsically tied to focus, we all know that. So why can I be so difficult to getting focused and getting work done? The ability to focus is one of the most powerful tools we have when it comes to getting work done, no amount of technology, brains, nor brawn, can contribute what focus can to our productivity and performance.
When we talk about modern leadership it is often too easy to slip into the trap of thinking of effective business leadership as a modern idea. Although the leadership has come a very long way over the past 20years discrediting the past as having golden opportunities to learn from is a dangerous trap to fall into! Over the last 100 years, every era has ushered in a new leadership focus for us, something that has pushed the expectations that went before them, and added its own twist or focus.
How do we deal with people who step out of line, who try and go against the grain, or try and cause mutiny amongst the team? Throughout this blog, I plan to give you some tips of engagement that might just help you restore harmony in order to achieve the end goal.
As a manager, understanding the personality types of your team members can be extremely useful in establishing effective relationships within the workplace. Everyone has different characteristics, and preferences that make up their personality type, the personality types of your team may make some members of your team work well together, and some members clash.
At one point, we have all either been a dissatisfied customer or have had to deal with a dissatisfied customer. You may agree, that one of the most frustrating things about being a dissatisfied customer, is usually not the issue that has caused you to be dissatisfied, but how the issue is dealt with.
The ability of any leader can often be summarised by the size of the problem they can solve. This is what makes great leaders so valuable to the organisations they work for, they solve problems in their individual areas, that otherwise, would remain unresolved.
In a world filled with entrepreneurs and motivational speakers, why is it still important to motivate your team? Why is it not enough, to just expect your employees to get on with the job at hand and do the work they are paid to do?
There are so many resources around good company leadership, but how do we know which resources are innovative, providing us with a structure to really impact our company? The real question I have begun to ask myself when reading leadership content is “Does this content have an impact on the company as a direct result of the change of the individual?” To me, true leadership material should not only impact the leader, but impact the relationships he/she has, the business they work for and the lives they encounter.
How often do you go about your day without really thinking? It’s not uncommon, it’s a routine. You get into your day-to-day routine, and as such, the more frequently that routine doesn’t change, the more often you don’t really need to ‘think’ about it.
I believe one of the biggest personality pandemics in our society is the lack of confidence and self esteem that is found in people! In every sector, workplace, and job role, people are found struggling to give the best of themselves as a result of a lack of confidence! One of the roads to increasing in confidence is to seem more confident.
Negotiating occurs in everyday life, but nowhere is it more critical than in business. Poor negotiation can ruin a company just as quickly as losing key customers. While most negotiating skills can seem like common sense, it's not uncommon to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and end up ignoring their basic instincts.