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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Railway Industry Association Young Professionals event

The Railway Industry Association runs regular Trailblazer events for young professionals working within their member organisations. Last week LMI UK’s Nick Howes had the honour of presenting our Making of a Champion™ foundations workshop to a packed room of around 40 delegates at RIA head office in London. Exploring key leadership concepts such as goal…

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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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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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Guest blog: Old game. New rules.

Leadership Mentor Simon Lawder shares his reflections on the current challenge facing leaders: Some say there is nothing new to be said about leadership, a ‘naturally occurring human activity’ that dates back to the year Dot. After all this time, you would have thought that we would have cracked it. And yet, there appears to…

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