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Don’t mention the strategy

Posted on Jan 29, 2019

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As a leader, you need to be able to explain your strategy to your team in a short, succinct manner.

Don’t mention the strategy

A new approach can result in a meaningful strategy plan, rather than a worthless document that just collects dust

Moments before he was about to go into a meeting with the chief executive of a major retailer, an executive took Martin Reeves aside and told him not to mention strategy. A tricky ask, considering Reeves is a strategist (as well as being an author and member of The Boston Consulting Group’s strategy practice leadership team). (more…)

Simple steps to improving your leadership in 2019

Posted on Jan 3, 2019

Business woman standing with her staff in background at modern bright office conference room

Be a better leader

Simple steps to improving your leadership

Can you remember your worst boss? Did their micromanagement make your life a misery? Or was it their lack of respect that pushed you over the edge?

In a recent blog post, recruitment firm Cpl considers what makes a bad boss. Micromanagement, not backing up their team, too much ego and unrealistic demands were all cited as red flags. “As many companies strive to improve diversity and company culture, there are still bosses out there that drive their employees to quit,” Cpl’s post notes. (more…)

The benefits of giving

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Woman holding sign that says Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility

The benefits of giving

The next few weeks will likely be a flurry of activity at work: getting projects over the line before year end, setting goals and budgets for the year ahead, and finishing off all those niggly admin tasks that have slid to the bottom of the to-do list.

And outside the office, you’ve probably got plenty to think about too: buying gifts, ordering festive food and arranging the logistics of your family’s holiday celebrations.

But, if you can find a moment, now is a good time to reflect on how you as a leader and your company gives back all year round.

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Becoming bolder

Posted on Nov 22, 2018

Woman looking deep in thought about a decision she is making.

Becoming bolder.

Speak out or shut up?

What would you do when there is something going on in your organisation that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Do you speak out, even though it could put your job and reputation at risk? By getting your strategy right, you are more likely to get the outcome you want – and come out unscathed.

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Overcoming that niggling self-doubt

Posted on May 30, 2018

According to Young, talking about “imposter feelings” is a good first step towards overcoming them.

Overcoming that niggling self-doubt

You’ve just landed a big promotion, won a lucrative contract with a new client or signed off on a major deal. You should be feeling proud of your achievements, but instead you are plagued by nagging self-doubt. An irritating little voice in your head asks whether you are really qualified for your new job or says it’s a miracle that you someone like you managed to get that deal over the line.

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A culture of civility

Posted on Apr 19, 2018

A culture of civility Post - Broadly Speaking

“We can learn a lot about a leader by watching how they speak with the person at the reception desk,”

A culture of civility

Do you work in an office brimming with tension, with colleagues that snap when asked a question? A more civil, respectful workplace is not only a nicer place to work, but also likely to be more productive.

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Effective meetings

Posted on Mar 15, 2018

Effective Meetings - Broadly Speaking

“Meetings are places to go to talk about things you’re supposed to be doing later.”

Making meetings make sense

The dreaded meeting. For many people, meetings come high on the list of things that waste their time. After a work day filled with meetings, it can be easy to feel like you haven’t really achieved all that much.

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The generation game

Posted on Mar 5, 2018

“A lot of the research on millennials suggests that they are looking for work that will make a difference, where they can feel connected to a cause or to the mission of a company,”

The generation game

In late December 2016, an interview with author and speaker Simon Sinek took the internet by storm. Sinek’s take on millennials in the workplace – a depiction of an entitled generation, spoiled by participation medals and parents who told them they were special – drew a mixed reaction, with some sharing his views and others criticising his sweeping generalisations.

Are millennials really that different? And how can managers balance the needs of an intergenerational team in the workplace?

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Get on board

Posted on Feb 9, 2018

“Get in, get involved and make it happen.”

“Get in, get involved and make it happen.”

Get on board

“When you get a good opportunity, just go for it.”

That’s the advice of Vivienne Jupp, a former senior Accenture executive and an experienced non-executive director, to women who’d like to gain board-level experience. In 2010, Jupp and her former Accenture colleague, Anne-Marie Taylor, set up the Board Diversity Initiative to increase the visibility of “competent, capable and willing women” who want to take on board positions.

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Keeping hold of that new year zest

Posted on Jan 19, 2018

”Instead of trying to entice people with a sweeter carrot, or threaten them with a sharper stick, we need a whole new approach”

Keeping hold of that new year zest

Are you full of plans for the year ahead? Raring to go? Feeling productive?

January lends itself to goal-setting, capitalising on the fresh start that a new year offers. However, the challenge is to not run out of steam as the year progresses. And, as well as keeping themselves on course, managers also need to ensure that their teams stay motivated long after the new year spirit dissipates.

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