In more than a couple of decades of working in leadership and management development, and in coaching, it seems that the subject of holding difficult conversations continues to be a theme. It might even remain top of my list of things leaders want to know how to do better, and that coachees say they struggle… Read More Choosing your battles . . .
Feeling bored? At work, or at home? Dr Sandi Mann, a senior lecturer in occupational psychology, suggests that boredom is a much-aligned emotion that we might benefit from embracing, rather than ignoring. See The hidden benefits of boredom.
Where will your opportunity to speak up come from today? “I don’t care for the applause one gets by saying what others are thinking; I want actually to change people’s thoughts. Power over people’s minds is the main personal desire of my life; and this sort of power is not acquired by saying popular things.”… Read More You can go your own way . . .
Next time you’re holding that difficult conversation with a colleague, or trying to develop a member of your team, or coaching someone, I just wonder, could this help … “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” (Socrates) It’s a value I certainly try to hold on to every time I work… Read More I wonder . . .
“Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence” (Leonardo Da Vinci). Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Angus Deaton has launched a 5-year, £2.5 million study aimed at understanding inequality in terms not just of income, but also of health, wealth and opportunity (see The IFS Deaton Review). It’s an ambitious project, the breadth and depth of which… Read More Silence is not golden . . .
Read this: ‘Reattaching for convenience’: nine passive-aggressive email phrases that must end now‘. And now re-read that email you’re about to send.
I came across the Please, write to me initiative, aimed mainly at doctors working in outpatient clinics, encouraging them to write letters that are easier for patients to understand. And in encouraging the avoidance of Latin terms, acronyms and convoluted language that might not be understood by anyone outside the medical profession, the principles of… Read More What do you prescribe?
Imposter Syndrome is rife. I meet people regularly who claim they have it. It’s a complex phenomenon about self-doubt and incongruence and courage. And frequently it seems I come across an example of a famous person who admits to succumbing to it. Today I learnt that Maya Angelou once said that she feared being uncovered… Read More Have you got it?
I come across frequent examples of where this simply doesn’t happen . . . “Your employees are your biggest assets and they have lives outside of the workplace. They have families, interests and occasionally problems that might interfere with their performance. Take time during lunch or after work to get to know them better and… Read More Make it happen . . .
What a wonderful thought . . .