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December 20, 2015

We wish you all the best for Christmas and beyond

My tip this week is just to enjoy the Christmas period, whatever that means to you. Smile, laugh, give someone a hug, and be at peace with yourself... Yesterday someone told me that in a couple of weeks, the calendar year increments to remind us to seek new adventures and changes that make life more

December 17, 2015

Managing Performance – A New Approach (Seminar at Chase 2016)

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Paul Matthews is holding another seminar on "Managing Performance – A New Approach" on Tuesday 16 February at Chase 2016 We are delighted to announce that Paul Matthews has been invited to do a talk at the annual Charities and Association event: CHASE2016 - the leading business to business event for the Not-for-Profit Sector, on

December 13, 2015

Paralysis – or just pull the trigger?

Stuck? On the horns of a dilemma? (That sounds painful!) Not sure whether to move left or right? Sometimes it is best just to move. The consequences of staying still can be far worse than those from moving, even if we initially move in the wrong direction. And yet sometimes it is best to wait

December 10, 2015

The invisible element that can affect you and your team’s performance by Dawn Bentley

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The invisible element that can affect you and your team's performance All teams have an energy about them. You get a feel for how it would be to work with them and you can pretty soon decide whether you want to ‘be on their side’ or not. This ‘energy’ is best described by mood. How

December 8, 2015

Article: Difficult People (Better Business Focus)

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Difficult People - article by Paul Matthews published in December edition of Better Business Focus We all know people who are 'difficult' because we just can't convince them that they are wrong. But from their point of view, they are right. No one plays the villain in their own lives. They are the good guy, and anyone who tries to convince

December 6, 2015

The palest ink is better than the best memory

"The palest ink is better than the best memory" The origins of this sentiment date back to a proverb from the Qing Dynasty in China, and remind us that it is better to take some notes than rely on memory alone. When do you take notes? When do you rely on other people's notes? When

December 3, 2015

Article: Many law firms fail to address the real barriers to performance (Managing Partner Magazine)

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Many law firms fail to address the real barriers to performance by Paul Matthews Lawyers often ask for training because they think it is what they need to improve their performance. Unfortunately, their proposed solution is often wrong because they are working from the incorrect assumption that training equals better performance. The most that you can

December 1, 2015

“Managing Performance: An Alternative Approach” Webinar on 14 January 2016

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Paul Matthews is running a BrightTalk Webinar  on "Managing Performance: An Alternative Approach" on Tuesday 14th January 2016 at 11.00 h The traditional performance management approach of ratings and annual appraisals is under fire, and rightly so. But what do you do instead? This webinar is a shortened version of Paul's all day workshop at December’s CIPD