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June 29, 2014

Two scary thoughts, and a dare

Gallup runs polls worldwide on employee engagement, and studies workplace performance. Their research shows that management has the biggest impact on engagement and performance accounting for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units. They say that great managers do the following... # They motivate every single employee to take

June 22, 2014

So you think you know how? Really?

So you think you know how to do something? The problem is that if we think we know how to do something, we usually do it ourselves and therefore are relying on our own limited knowledge. That can mean we deliver less than optimal results. Asking for help from experts, even when we don't feel

June 20, 2014

Numbers, numbers and more numbers

In the security world we get very used to numbers. There are the numbers used to identify computers, IP addresses, pass codes to doors, pin numbers for cards, to calculate encryption hashes and so on. There are other numbers too – the 10 Steps to Cyber Security (Issued by BIS on behalf of CGHQ), and

June 15, 2014

The 5 ‘S’s to get your idea accepted

How many times a day do you need to convince someone else that what you want to do, or how you want to do it, is a good idea? Here is a simple structure for making a logical and persuasive case... 1. Situation. 'this is how things are' 2. Sucks. 'because of the situation, bad

June 8, 2014

A cheap but very effective present

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward It's nice to receive presents, and yet how many times has someone been grateful for something you have done, and yet never said a word? Wouldn't it be nice to get acknowledged for that stuff you worked

June 4, 2014

Wicked Problems and Wise Teams

What does your team look like when it’s making tricky decision or dealing with “wicked” problems? You know, the problems that have no one right answer, where there’s no way of ever knowing if you’ve made the best decision. The ones with a lot of politics and unclear agendas, where the consequences are unclear, and

June 4, 2014

TrainingZone article: Tasking for Learning

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Setting tasks in the learning process is fundamental to any coaching or mentoring process, says Paul Matthews.  I have seen people get into long and protracted arguments over the difference between coaching and mentoring. What I find even more surprising, is that some people seem to take this so seriously, almost like arguing over which

June 1, 2014

Strategy – A common misunderstanding

So many managers I speak with don't seem to know what a strategy is. Do you? Many think it is this complex thing that is only relevant for very senior managers and leaders. Actually it is relevant to you and every manager at every level. Strategy is simply about allocating resources today to secure a