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Leadership v Management

Leadership v Management

Traditional management consists of setting targets and managing to achieve those targets, and making ongoing adjustments to keep plans on track. A manager's skill set will include man management,  problem solving, process management, tracking and monitoring, testing and validation skills as well as a functional expertise. Every organization needs good managers to ensure that business objectives are met and risks…
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Authentic Leadership

Authentic Leadership

There have been numerous studies into the style, characteristics and traits of great leaders in order to determine what it takes to be a leader. While we have lots of insights from this research no magic formula has emerged, simply because everybody is different, with their own unique leadership approach. So if you want to excel as a leader you…
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Motivation in the workplace

Motivation in the workplace

How motivated are you, and those that work for you or with you? A committed workforce is essential to the achievement of organizational goals. Individuals must be motivated in order to succeed. As job performance is the product of ability and motivation, it follows  that if an individual's motivation is low job performance will inevitability suffer regardless of the individuals…
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Test your assumptions

Test your assumptions

We could not function if we did not make assumptions - things we assume to be true and which form the basis for our decision making. However, when we make a mistake it is because one of our assumptions is incorrect. The assumption may never have been accurate or it was true at one time but not now. It is…
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Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

You may be (or aspire to be ) in a leadership role but do you have what it takes ? Test yourself against the following leadership checklist : 1. Do you set your own targets, with a high performance bar ? 2. Is passion for what you do your key driver (not the potential for external rewards)? 3. Do you seek out…
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Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Those who are  high in emotional intelligence* are in touch, on a real time basis, with their emotional triggers and have the capacity to choose responses to events which deliver optimal results. They are highly motivated to succeed and have a 'functional' relationship with themselves (self awareness, self regulation ) and others (empathy, social skills). They also have the capacity…
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Change management in business

Change management in business

At any point in time in progressive enterprises there will be a range of change initiatives in progress - standing still is rarely an option in modern business. In larger corporations projects can be wide in scope and multidimensional, requiring a lot of skill and experience to plan and execute. Change initiatives vary from small tweaks to existing ways of…
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Leadership in business

Leadership in business

It is no exaggeration to say that there was a catastrophic failure of leadership in business in the lead up to the latest economic crisis. We don't need the benefit of hindsight to see that the combination of corporate/personal greed and the abandonment of time honored values e.g. prudent risk taking,  have contributed hugely to the situation in which we…
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Business meetings – top 10 tips

Business meetings – top 10 tips

 For those chairing business meetings the following are my top 10 tips : 1. Get all the key stakeholders represented at an appropriately senior level. 2. Communicate a clear agenda and outcome expected from meeting in advance. 3. Agenda should be finite and capable of being covered in the time available. 4. Set a time limit for meeting and stick…
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Communication methods in the workplace

Communication methods in the workplace

Have you ever been frustrated by the lack of response to an email or failure to return a phone call ? This may be because the person does not want to respond for some reason, but it might also be because you have chosen the wrong communication option. People have different preferences when it comes to communication channels. Also,  the…
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