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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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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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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What makes a great manager during a pandemic?

I believe that in this current situation, the role of the leader/manager has never been more important to the success of businesses. I’ve been reflecting recently about the skills of managers during this difficult period of covid-19 lockdown/return to work/don’t return to work. We all know that there are many skills that managers need in…

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Goal Setting for teens (and everyone else)!

This week LMI UK Director Nick Howes was interviewed by the founder of September Ready Go, Kevin Aires on the subject of goal setting. September Ready Go is an innovative teens summer camp helping young people and their families prepare physically and mentally for a return to school and college after six months of being…

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Traditional leadership training doesn’t work but the LMI approach does

Whilst facilitating an Effective Personal Productivity programme, I was asked by the participant why we refer repeatedly to the importance of spaced repetition, a central pillar of all LMI development programmes. The answer to many in this modern digital age is not that obvious. To illustrate the point of just how critical to long-term learning…

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Are you a Task Manager or a People Manager?

This is not a fictional story and the changes took place over many weeks. As a scenario many can relate to, its clear from my conversations with managers, that tinkering with possible solutions only produces a short term fix. One of my clients, Ray, a senior financial services manager in his early 30’s commented, “I…

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