Posts in Thoughts & insights
What to consider before hiring a coach

Coaching is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable, profound change with leaders. Having the time and space to ruminate on some of the biggest challenges you’re facing with someone who can help you think about things differently, reframe a problem or offer a challenging viewpoint is invaluable. So, it’s perfectly understandable that you’re thinking of making this investment in your development. In order to help you decide whether or not coaching is right for you we’ve pulled together all the things you need to think about before hiring a coach.

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How to be a great middle manager

Innovative organisation design methods like Holacracy have sought to get rid of traditional management structures with the aim of introducing more agility, more creativity and more autonomy. Whilst I like the ideas there are clear challenges with implementing these types of designs and given their relative newness and unproven nature most organisations still opt for a more traditional structure. Therefore, it’s time to address a really important issue: middle management needs to be redeemed.

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4 ways to hold more effective meetings

It’s estimated that the cost of bad meetings to UK businesses and public institutions is a staggering £58bn per year — yes, billion…with a b. And, what’s more that’s just the figure for the UK. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Meetings don’t have to be a drag or a waste of time. These 4 tips can help you improve meetings that you lead.

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The Zero-Based-Budgeting approach to meetings

We’re living through a time where meetings are more common than ever before. Chances are you attend a bunch of meetings. Chances are even higher that you don’t need to attend all of those meetings. The Zero Based Budgeting approach to meetings might be just what you’re looking for to help clean up your calendar, free up your time and get some space to focus on your most important tasks.

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“No that’s not what I meant.” People don’t always hear what you meant to say!

What you communicate matters. What you intended to communicate doesn’t matter so much — especially if you’re not doing the work to help ensure that your audience hears what you want them to.

If you’re a senior leader in an organisation people listen to you. Even in those moments when you think what you’re saying is inconsequential people are listening to you. That’s why what you say is incredibly important.

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Common pitfalls leaders make during times of change

Leading through change is tough. You’ve got new information coming from all angles and your trying to work out what’s important and what isn’t. You’ve got new meetings appearing on your calendar, new challenges to deal with and more and more of your time is being taken up with something you didn’t plan for. And, what’s more, all of this is on top of your day job! It doesn’t have to be crazy though - avoid these common mistakes that leaders tend to make during times of change and make change more enjoyable for you and your people.

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