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Swearing is useful (and 3 more surprising lessons inspired by my clients)

Swearing is useful (and 3 more surprising lessons inspired by my clients)

Learning from my clients is often way more fun than picking up a book. Here are the top lessons I’ve learned so far this year – inspired by my clients.

“But I don’t have enough time,” said the manager to their boss

“But I don’t have enough time,” said the manager to their boss

It’s hugely frustrating when you hear something like this from your team, right? Especially if you’re asking them to be more of a leader and less of a doer.

The REAL reasons your team don’t come up with more fresh ideas

The REAL reasons your team don’t come up with more fresh ideas

I bet some of the best initiatives in your business have your fingerprints all over them, don’t they? And now you want others to put their ideas forward. But why isn’t it happening how you’d hoped?

My Epic Failure to Listen…

My Epic Failure to Listen…

If you know anything about Steve and I, you’ll know we have tattoos on our arms reading “it’s not the knowing that’s difficult, it’s the doing” (we don’t by the way but you get the idea).

On Saturday I proved how true this is and totally failed to put a technique into practice from a book that’s been my bedside reading for months.

Five (coach free!) ways to increase your team’s productivity

Five (coach free!) ways to increase your team’s productivity

Whether your business is full steam ahead or you’re still grappling with local lockdowns, achieving results with people in your team is more important than ever. But that doesn’t mean it comes easily.

Our journey through lockdown to become a McKinsey ‘Resilient’. And what we learnt along the way…

Our journey through lockdown to become a McKinsey ‘Resilient’. And what we learnt along the way…

OK, hands up. I’m not sure the good folks of McKinsey really know we exist. So I thought I’d share what we learnt.

Spring Survey Results: the biggest challenges facing businesses right now. With practical tips on how to overcome them.

Spring Survey Results: the biggest challenges facing businesses right now. With practical tips on how to overcome them.

We’ve been trying to make sense of things (in much the way you have), so we sent a mini-survey to a group of our clients and contacts to get a pulse check on how they’re feeling right now and what challenges they think might be coming over the horizon.

One thing we often forget to do…

One thing we often forget to do…

Have you been climbing the walls dealing with all of the fallout from this crisis? Furlough, remote working etc; etc; …..? And finding how hard work it is? Me too. Relentless.

How I became a feedback pro (the hard way)

How I became a feedback pro (the hard way)

One of the reasons some of my relationships have gone awry and friendships have fizzled is because I wasn’t good at taking feedback or criticism. I BIG TIME didn’t know I had a choice over how I reacted.

Do you feel way busier and more under pressure than you ever have been?

Do you feel way busier and more under pressure than you ever have been?

As part of the work I do, I get a lot of opportunities to check in with business leaders. This allows me to take a ‘pulse’ on the issues of the day that are impacting them. Often becoming aware of patterns in the types of challenges we’re all facing.