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How you judge your progress and resources for your 2019 ambitions

Thanks to all those readers who participated in our latest poll, of your progress last year. Initial results are in, so let me share them with you all. It has been fascinating to review your answers, especially compared to the results from last year. It seems there have been some changes. The questions asked in this survey were selected to shed light on actual practice compared to advice shared on.. Read More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, to review your story

review your story

Is this the time of year when you review your story? Perhaps you expected me to say appraise your performance, or review your goals? Under traditional performance management systems, end-of-year can be full of interpreting metrics. How can you present your performance this year in the most favourable light? But I wasn’t talking about ‘spin‘, rather a different kind of review. Over recent years, my leadership coaching practice & CPD has.. Read More

Tips from experience: Protecting your less appreciated technical stars

technical stars

Having given plenty of airtime to the benefit of books & podcasts, I’d like to turn to tips from experience. These are lessons learnt by leaders from practical on-the-job experience. Often involving getting it wrong. In this post, I’ll share my advice on protecting your less appreciated technical stars. Let me explain what I mean by a couple of those terms. By ‘less appreciated‘, I mean team members who may.. Read More

When should your teams do different work? Follow this research

When

As we focus on developing your teams, I’m delighted to share why you need to focus on when? In his latest book, renowned business writer Daniel Pink, shares his extensive research on timing. In “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”, he makes a convincing case for us all to focus more on when to do different tasks. Despite being deeply researched, sharing evidence from a wide range of sectors,.. Read More

Reflecting on your progress in 2017, learning to set the right goals for 2018

During the first week of this New Year, there’s still time to reflect on your progress in 2017. I hope our latest posts on goal setting for 2018 (and specific goals) have been useful. It is well worth taking time, to hone the right goals for this year, including spreading delivery across quarters. But, before finalising what to set as your new goals, have you taken time to learn from.. Read More

Have you had a successful 2016 too? (Interim results from leaders)

This year might have been a strange year, with unexpected news aplenty, but it sounds like many of you have had a successful 2016. That’s good to hear! I’m pleased to be able to share the interim results from our latest poll of your progress against your goals. Our most recent, short survey, asked just 4 questions regarding your success this year. This follows a survey we ran at the beginning.. Read More