When working with first-line managers, most of whom were new to the world of management, I regularly came across a recurring theme: once you become a manager, your life is never the same again. Let me explain. Once you’re a manager, gone are the days when you can come into the office, hang up your coat, and… Read More What might you do?
Many years ago I entered into the world of my first higher education studies, to be told there was an expectation that I’d have to keep a synoptic review. Ah, if only they’d thought to speak in a little plainer English to the novice scholar that I was, I’d have known they meant a diary,… Read More Seeing it clearly . . .
Working with a group of people a little while ago, I took a gamble, encouraging them to tap into self‑awareness. There was some noticeable discomfort in the room as they revealed, slowly, that they don’t get much chance to think about themselves, to reflect on attitudes, behaviour, performance – what a shame! – yet most said… Read More More challenge . . .
Working with people going through assessment processes, in what for them has until recently been a purely competency-based arena, I’m always keen to encourage the odd statement or comment that describes what some might call a weakness, yet others might call a growing edge. So, how to turn a perceived vulnerability into a selling point? Easy. Be authentic.… Read More Show some vulnerability