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Discovering new lands…

Discovering new lands…

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore” Andre Gide, 1927. I saw this quote from Nobel prize winning Gide, a week after the officially worst day of the year (that day when the post-Christmas […]

Bang on the money

Bang on the money

I was struck just before Christmas with how easy it is for managers to fall into the trap of giving negative feedback. I asked a group of managers to split into groups and carry out some tasks. One person in the group was assigned to lead and […]

Making Change Work

Making Change Work

CIPD research says that 60% of change initiatives fail their stated objectives. I read this report when I was preparing for a day on resilience and change for leaders at a Housing Association that had expanded rapidly over the past two years.  The figure shocked […]

I’ve got a headache

I’ve got a headache

It’s a tough job being a line manager. The expectations of senior managers hang on you. Your team watch your every move with a critical eye. Like an ace juggler you keep all the balls in the air: your own work commitments, the demanding needs […]

Are you an advice-giving junkie?

Are you an advice-giving junkie?

I had to travel to Birmingham for a modular course.  I wasn’t expecting to work with this group and had stood in for another facilitator.  As I usually do, at the beginning of the course I asked some questions to help everyone settle back into […]

Finding your Leadership Voice

Finding your Leadership Voice

Last year I was running a course for a Housing Association.  I was deeply impressed by the commitment to his own development shown by one delegate who was acting up to the managers’ role in his team.  The course ran for 4 modules.  For two […]