Posts in Thoughts & insights
How to plan a great off-site meeting

It seems like more and more of our meetings and communications are happening over conference call and video conference these days, right? I don’t mind this necessarily because it gives me much more flexibility and ability to work remotely. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned face-to-face. Times when you sit across from other humans and stare eyeball to eyeball. High-fives can be exchanged. Hugs can be shared. Side conversations that might be shut down prematurely on a conference call can flow more organically. It’s brilliant.

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Decision making is killing organisations

Chances are you’re making decisions in work every single day. Chances are some of them are easier than others. Organisations that get good at decision making are much more effective than those that don’t. Most organisations rush either rish into making important decisions too quickly, or get caught in decision fatigue where it seems like a decision will never be made because it drags on and on and on and on and on. The best next decision you can make in your organisation is deciding how to make all future decisions.

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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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