“The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward.” Winston Churchill
A delegate on a leadership programme posed a question: “What’s your team like when you’re not around?” A few people in the room took a deep breath – almost a sharp intake. Some giggled. Some squirmed a little in their seats. Not one person had an answer. Chances are that others will be able to… Read More Who could tell you?
What one thing could you do in your office next Monday morning to ensure that everyone in your team has a voice? And not just next Monday morning, but every day after that?
The classical Greeks captured the idea of a good or beautiful mind in the word eunoia (eu = beautiful; noia = mind). Eunoia, it seems, is not only about clarity of thinking, and intelligence, but something that perhaps many of us hold even more dearly: goodwill, benevolence and humanity, and wonderfully, the ability to encourage these… Read More Show me the way . . .
A colleague told me that each day they challenged themselves to do at least one thing they didn’t want to do. The subject areas they forced themselves to take action in included: difficult conversations performance management writing up team meeting minutes budget management What would yours be? Which might you tackle tomorrow from your own… Read More Forcing yourself . . .
A speaker at a conference posed a question to us all: “Are you listening to hear, or listening to speak?” There were many here, here murmurings in the room as this comment seemed to land appropriately with many of us. As someone who, modesty aside, is good at asking questions of others and finding out… Read More On my way . . .
Sometimes you come across something that takes you by surprise. “I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed – I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me.” Brian Clough was well-known for his forthright opinions and wit. Straight-talking was Old Big Ead’s forte. I’m… Read More Being remembered . . .
“The opposite of self-assertiveness is self-abnegation – abandoning or submerging your personal values, judgment, and interests. Some people tell themselves this is a virtue. It is a “virtue” that corrodes self-esteem.” Nathaniel Branden
It’s May 2018. Grimsby and the rest of the world are sad. I’m sad. The Grimsby Telegraph reports on Boots discontinuing its iconic Seventeen make up range. I ask you: