Procrastination: Wasting your Time

Some of us lose most of our time, because we fritter it away, doing nothing very much. This is easier than doing something important, which takes concentration and involves the possibility of failure. So, rather like a hedgehog, it is, perhaps, easier to curl up into a little ball of inaction: it feels safe. Of […]

Productive Working

It’s very easy, in the cold winter months, to slip into lethargy. Rest and relaxation are good: coasting is not. Either take a deliberate break, or get on with making a difference. Here are ten habits that will keep you at your most productive. Start with Sleep High levels of productivity require energy, concentration and willpower. And […]

10 Things to Focus on

With a new year comes a new opportunity to get focused on what really matters… Your ‘Compelling Causes’ If you make one resolution this year, make it this one: to spend your time on things that are truly worthwhile. This means eliminating more things from your life that matter least, and focusing on the things that you […]

Hang on… That’s wrong. Surely management is about you, the team. Surely managers need to be focused on other people: their suppliers, customers, partners, colleagues, subordinates, bosses… even their peers. And so you do. And no-one likes a self-absorbed solipsist. Me, me, me: no. That’s just wrong. But is it? Let’s take a closer look […]

The Influence Agenda

A Call to Action… These are my set of six commitments for ethical stakeholder engagement, in the form of a charter. I invite you to sign it, to share this charter (you can download a copy here), and to encourage colleagues to sign it too. Please do make your commitment as a comment, below. First […]

Warren Bennis Manager or Leader / Management vs Leadership

Manager or Leader? On of the most familiar components of management and leadership training is Warren Bennis’s comparison between leadership and management. Managers promote change, but it is the role of leaders to design it. Managers need to take effective action, while leaders need to ensure that their actions are meaningful. What role would you […]

When I was at Deloitte, there was one aspect of promotion that often let down the business, our staff, our clients, and the people promoted. Don’t get me wrong, the London consultancy was full of excellent people (hi there if you’re reading). And, without a doubt, almost all promotions were on merit. Sometimes we got it […]

Powers of Persuasion

As a professional in the business world, influencing colleagues is an important part of your role. Yet strangely, it is a topic that is hardly ever taught – not at school, at college, nor in most professional training. Influence and Persuasion are a Fundamental Part of Business Education It has not always been this way. […]

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