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Why Imposing Change Never Works

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Getting the buy in and support of the critical mass is one of the key contributors to making change in my experience. Despite the vast majority of leaders not just understanding but recognising it really matters, there are still plenty examples around of trying to impose change. Now it might seem like the easy way to go. Thing is that even if you get the support and buy-in short term, it’s a bit like a plaster on the finger you cut. It eventually falls off. Pretty quickly you find yourself in the position where you are not only no further...

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Same Thinking Same Action Same Results

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Same Thinking Same Action Same Results

Think of a typical day or week. Chances are that you have certain routines that you follow almost on auto pilot. Now I guess to some extent we all thrive on predictability. Of course from time to time you have a situation where things are not going to plan. This might be within a project, a team, a function, an organisation and even personally with regards to something like your career. The natural tendency if you are driven and achievement focused is to just work harder, give a bit more effort in the hope that you will somehow stumble across...

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Being A More Effective Decision Maker

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Every leader and manager understands that until a decision is made, no action is taken and if no action is taken then it is unlikely that you will deliver results.  At the same time taking decisions is not always what leaders and managers do   Common Barriers To Effective Decision Making   Over the years I have come across a whole host of reasons why leaders and managers resist taking decisions.  These include:   Procrastination – by that I mean delaying or putting off something so that a small decision ends up becoming a major...

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The Core Skills and Qualities To Being An Effective Manager

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Core Skills and Qualities To Being An Effective Manager

Many people get into a management role because they have built a reputation as someone who gets things done. While some successfully adapt and make the transition to a management role, there are others who struggle.  In some ways this is not a surprise as being a great technician is very different to being a great manager.  So what are the core skills and qualities to being an effective manager?   Core Skills and Qualities 1: Communication Skills   Being an effective manager requires the ability to communicate well in writing and...

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Team Leadership Success – The Benefits of Letting Go

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Team Working for Organisations | 0 comments

As a leader you know that if you are going to achieve anything of significance you need to: Get people engaged and supporting what it is you are trying to achieve Utilise all of the resources that you have at your disposal Be personally productive so that you focus and maximise your own personal contribution to delivering results Keep people’s motivation high through both the good and difficult times. While this might seem really simple in theory, many leaders often find out that it in the real world it is much more difficult to...

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Creating Successful Workplace Relationships In Teams

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Team Working for Organisations | 0 comments

People spend a huge amount of time each year at work.  Outside of work we get to choose who we spend our time with and in general we have great relationships with people most of the time. Work on the other hand is a little bit different.  A group of people, often with very different backgrounds and aspirations come together and are tasked with building relationships and delivering great results.  Sometimes it can be a challenge and in reality is a huge cost to business too. One of the big challenges for people in teams is that there is...

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The Real Consequences of Failing To Change

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Let’s face it many of us find change hard. Even when what we have is not great by any stretch of the imagination. I was working on a presentation recently about influencing change. As part of that presentation, I was thinking about organisations that either lost their way or in some cases went out of business. Woolworths is one that many will remember closing its doors about 8 years ago. The thing is Woolworths was a generalist retailer and one that faced a lot of competition from places like pound stores. Others like Marks and...

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How To Gain Support When Trying To Make Change

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

If you have ever been involved in any form of organisational change, you will know just how tough it can be to make change. One of the common mistakes that is made is assuming that people will just accept and get on with making change. Sadly the reality is very different. People will often go to extreme lengths in order to avoid the need for change. It’s a vote for the familiar over uncertainty. While there is no blueprint that will guarantee the support of others when trying to make change, there are some things that you can do to...

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5 Reasons Why You Are Struggling To Make Change

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Change is part and parcel of being in business. On one level everyone gets this. Of course talking about change is one thing. Actually delivering it is rather different. Now some might tell you there is some magic formula that guarantees success. I’m not one of them. What I have learned over the years is that there are some big things that actually significantly reduce your chances of making change in organisations. Reason 1: Lack of Clarity About the reason for change, about how things will be different after you have made the...

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If This Was Missing You Wouldn’t Be Human

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

I had someone get in touch recently telling me about their challenges in making change. Now I guess we all know that if something was easy everyone would be doing it. At the same time if everyone was doing something it might seem a lot less appealing. Of course people who actively seek out opportunities to make change are usually those who are motivated by challenge and specifically making change or improvement. Does that mean that they have no fear, doubts, worries or anxieties along the way? Definitely not. They do however recognise that...

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