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Worthwhile Work

Back in 1959 Frederick Herzberg first published his paper on The Motivation to Work. In the half century or so since it was published it has remained one of the leading works on the subject. How leaders get their people...

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The Compelling in Compelling Scoreboard

The last three or four blogs have been about the compelling scoreboard. I believe it to be one of the most powerful management tools available. It helps to foster engagement, accountability and most importantly a sense of progress. I have...

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Compelling Scoreboard 2

Who owns the scoreboard? Well that depends on who writes on it. If the team write on it, and ideally write their own scores on it the chances are it will be owned by them. Some years ago a friend...

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Compelling Scoreboard 1

Jayne started a new job. It was the first time she had ever taken what might be called a management job. She was in charge of a small team of people and she was nervous; nervous for a number of...

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Has the team had a good day?

When your team goes home on an evening, do they know whether they have had a good day or not? It is a very simple question. It is also a very profound question. It is a question I ask my...

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Another Day, Another Dollar

These words take me back to my first significant management job. I was young, ambitious and raw. I had managed to land a role which definitely took me to a new, a higher and more challenging level. I had been...

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Have you maxed out professionally and personally?

Marshall Goldsmith is one of my favourite authors on leadership and I was re-reading his excellent recent book ‘Triggers’ when I came across an interesting comment. He was talking about a client who said he wanted to change, but didn’t...

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How Different Things Are

I used it in a recent seminar. It is probably about 100 years old, but in truth that industry didn’t change much up until we saw the end of deep coal mining in this country relatively recently. I use it because...

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Awareness, Accountability and Responsibility, Part 3

Once we are aware and have chosen an attitude of accountability, it befalls us to take responsibility to decide to take action.  In this context responsibility refers to another choice; The choice to act, the choice to change, the choice...

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Awareness, Accountability and Responsibility, Part 2

I have said before that the three pillars of performance are awareness, accountability and responsibility. We cannot fix, improve or develop something of which we are unaware. Once we are aware, then the role of accountability becomes important. Accountability, in...

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Awareness, Accountability and Responsibility, Part 1

The three pillars of performance are awareness, accountability and responsibility. We cannot fix, improve or develop something of which we are unaware. If we are unaware that we do not lift our racket high enough on the serve, or that...

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Superpowers

Latterly I have had a problem with my hearing, which eventually resulted in a minor operation. 24 hours after the operation I awoke with my hearing back to a level that I hadn’t experienced for 18 months or more. The...