Better results through tracking and feedback

A good tracking system is one of the most useful tools for helping individuals grow. Progress can be demonstrated only by comparing the past and the present. Tracking is the only method of evaluating both the quantity and the quality of performance for individuals, for a department or work group, or for the overall organisation.…

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The process of creating new habits

Since the moment of birth, you have been engaged in a constant process of forming habits, breaking them, and forming new ones. As much as 95 percent of what you do each day is done from habit. Habits include attitudes and dominant patterns of thought as well as actions. Habit formation is a constructive way…

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The importance of setting priorities in all areas of life

Successful people set goals, and they make certain all their actions and activities contribute to the achievement of their goals. They act in a logical, reasonable, and organised manner to attain the results they have identified as important to them. Successful people increase their productivity through controlling their priorities. Focusing on All Areas of Life…

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We’re building a cathedral! – The Power of Vision

It’s an old and slightly cheesy story, but one that still makes a crucial point. A tourist was walking by a construction site and saw three brick masons busy at work: The traveller stopped, watched the workers for a while and asked, “What are you doing?” The first mason immediately replied, “Laying bricks, what does…

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Four cornerstones of leadership: purpose, integrity, service, stewardship.

In today’s information economy, to prosper and even to survive, an organisation must tap into the creativity, imagination, and decision-making capabilities of every employee. This means that the people – along with the information, knowledge, and skills they possess – are the most important resource in any organisation. Consequently, the very nature of leadership has…

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Leaders and Communication: the Human Connection

Skillful communication is the essential human connection. Sound communication techniques enable leaders to meet this most basic human yearning of people. Using constructive communication and persuasion skills saves time and effort, encourages cooperation, and reduces stress and friction. These skills are invaluable in handling and preventing crisis situations, fostering self-esteem, generating mutual respect, increasing productivity,…

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Use Time Effectively to Boost Productivity

Because actions come from attitudes, increasing productivity may require reshaping some of the attitudes that now dictate how you use time. Consider these time use practices that affect productivity and see how attitudes are involved. Concentrate on high priority activities. The quickest and most effective route to increasing productivity is to spend time on tasks…

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Your world has gone VUCA!

In case you hadn’t noticed, your world has gone VUCA! For some time before Covid hit us, business writers and academics, myself included, were warning leaders about the imminent arrival of a VUCA world – where the art of leadership would involve navigating a path littered with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. To some degree,…

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7 Guaranteed Ways to Motivate Your Team

Every leader and manager in every industry and every different type and size of organisation wants all of their people to come to work every day feeling highly motivated so that they perform to the very best of their ability AND feel great about doing so. The idea that there are 7 (or 9 or…

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Motivation – Please handle with care!

Back in the early 80’s, I worked in an advertising agency that employed around eighty people. The company’s steady record of growth over twenty-five years meant it was regularly included on the shortlist by clients looking to change agency and it was seen as a ‘safe place to work.’ In other words, in an industry…

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