The Feedback Conundrum

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

‘If you were doing something that was upsetting or irritating your colleagues or manager would you want to know?’ When I ask this question during training workshops nearly everyone says yes. And yet when I ask the same people: ‘So if a colleague at work is doing something that is upsetting or irritating you do […]

Do you have a hierarchy of labour?

Posted on Jan 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

A friend of mine is currently undergoing some counselling to address a number of issues that were raised during his coaching.  Last week I asked him how the sessions were going and he replied that he was finding it incredibly hard.  I tried to help by using the analogy of the gym and saying that […]

‘To be or not to be that is the question’

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

I have noticed a trend in a significant number of restructures towards removing the role of deputy director from the structure.  In many ways I understand this because I think it is a very difficult role to define and where there is a lack of clarity around the authority the role has it often causes […]

Don’t forget to burn the platform

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Since the start of the year I have been working with several departments that are in the middle of large scale change programmes. Part of my remit has been to talk to staff to gauge how well the transition is going. In the majority of cases it has been clear that a lot of the […]

Changing Culture

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

        ‘The organisation won’t allow that’          ‘That’s just the way the culture is here’          ‘The management don’t listen’          I have heard all these phrases used this week to justify                   why something can’t be […]

How Important is Trust in Leadership?

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

A close relative of mine has recently been a victim of an apparently widespread scam known as the courier fraud.  The scam began with phone call from ‘the police’ informing her that the security on her bank account had been compromised and there was an ongoing investigation to stop the hackers from emptying her account. […]

Getting Things Done by Getting Focused

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

I have nothing left to do today, I have just crossed the last thing off my daily to do list and am going home. Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of work, plenty of projects, reports to write, research to do but not that nagging sense that there is something that I should have […]