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Performance Appraisals And Managing Difficult Conversations

As managers and leaders at some point we are all going to have to deal with performance appraisals and while these should deliver no surprises to the employee, it is at these times that it helps to have additional expertise and insights when it comes to managing difficult conversations. To get some insights into appraisals … Continued

Using a Leadership Framework

I was recently asked by a client to help them work on their leadership style and to give pointers on how to lead effectively. My first question was to ask what their framework for leadership is. They had not considered that they could (and should) have a predominant framework through which they were leading. Having … Continued

Never Let A Misogynist Be A Leader

Donald Trump’s comments before a TV appearance in 2005, in an old recording carefully released just before the second TV debate, have ricocheted around the world. Some people have been very shocked. Some say they are not surprised, claiming that he has always flaunted his disregard for any notion of compassion, good manners and respect … Continued

Paralympics, leaders and role models

I usually warn people against using successful Olympic athletes as role models. That sounds strange, I know. What better role model could you have? Someone – usually from an ordinary background – who has worked so hard to achieve their goal and seen it all pay off with a place in history. It shows you … Continued

Is there really a difference between Leadership & Management?

There is a real difference between managing and leading. John Kotter, leadership professor at Harvard University, is quoted in The Guardian as arguing that; “Management is a set of processes that keep an organisation functioning. They make it work today – they make it hit this quarter’s numbers. The processes are about planning, budgeting, staffing, … Continued

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