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July 31, 2013

ILM Edge article: management pitfalls

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In the summer issue of ILM’s Edge Magazine, Paul Matthews comments on how to manage the expectations of your new boss and the common failure to seek a role model or mentor. ILM Edge Management

July 28, 2013

Do you want to affect eternity?

People learn from you by listening to what you say and by observing what you do. This happens. You can't stop it and neither can they. Who listens to you? Who sees you doing things? Who learns from you? Your colleagues, your team, your children? What do they learn? Does it help them? Is it

July 21, 2013

Real questions are the answer

Questions, and the answers they elicit get all the views on the table. Teams that develop this kind of transparency have stronger performance and better working relationships. Next time you're in a team meeting, notice how many times you make a statement versus how many times you ask a question. And I mean real questions

July 16, 2013

Recommended reading: Informal Learning at Work

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In ask GrapevineHR July’s book review, Karly Olsen-Haveland, Head of People and Organisation Development (Sales) EMEA at Google, says: ‘Welcome to the learning ecosystem, or “learnscape”, of Informal Learning at Work that is Paul Matthews’ fresh approach on a well-known theory that informal learning has more impact than classroom, or formal, training.’ Grapevine Book Review

July 14, 2013

Who helps the helper?

If you are a manager, one of your jobs is to help others do what they need to do. But sometimes the helper needs help, and for being helped, they become better helpers. Write down 5 major areas of your work, like this... 1. My team 2. Project X 3. My boss 4. Client X

July 11, 2013

Coaching ‘difficult’ people

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In the first instance, look for the cause. We don't generally recruit known cynics or troublemakers, so if someone is proving to be a difficult employee the first step might be to understand what has happened in their past to cause this behaviour. Deal with performance not person. A great trick if you can pull

July 7, 2013

Using the energy of momentum to win

Action depends on emotion, on motivation. But what if today the emotion is low? Successful leaders use momentum. Momentum is a powerful force that keeps us in motion even when the emotion to take action is not there. Momentum carries people along. Built up momentum will carry you and your team through the rough times.

July 3, 2013

Kindle Freebie on Amazon

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Just in time for the summer holidays Amazon are running a special free Kindle promotion for Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times from 10-14 July Dr Peter Honey summarised it well in his review. “I smiled my way through Paul Matthews’ book and I very much hope it will have