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May 11, 2016

Article: The first steps to culture change (Better Business Focus)

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The first steps to culture change – article by Paul Matthews published in the April edition of Better Business Focus When asked for directions, a wise man once said, ‘If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here.’ And it’s the same with culture change. The temptation is to rush in to change, to stand up in front of the assembled masses

April 7, 2016

Article: Sometimes, don’t be authentic (Better Business Focus)

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Sometimes, don't be authentic – article by Paul Matthews published in the March edition of Better Business Focus "I couldn't possibly do that. It would feel wrong. It would not be 'me'. It would be inauthentic, and we are told we should always be authentic and true to ourselves." Guess what; if you believe that, you have stopped yourself from growing. Read

February 17, 2016

Article: What leaders actually do (Better Business Focus)

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What leaders actually do – article by Paul Matthews published in the Febuary edition of Better Business Focus We hear so much about leadership, and the need for it if any organisation is to be successful. But what do leaders actually do? Leaders excite people around an idea. People who are excited will take more action, and excitement is infectious. How can

January 28, 2016

Article: Good or bad manager (Better Business Focus)

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Good or bad manager - what's the difference? – article by Paul Matthews published in the January edition of Better Business Focus I was chatting recently with someone about what makes a good or bad manager. Here are some things we came up with... Good managers talk about the big picture and are free with information, treating people like adults. Bad managers dole

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

November 3, 2015

Article: What is in your blind spot? (Better Business Focus)

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What is in your blind spot? - article by Paul Matthews published in November edition of Better Business Focus We all have some aspects of our personality and ways of communicating that we just can’t see – they are in our blind spot. What do you have in your blind spot that is holding you back, or annoying others? The

October 15, 2015

Article: Only you can do these things… (Better Business Focus)

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Only you can do these things… - article by Paul Matthews published in the October edition of Better Business Focus   Take a minute and write down a list of those things that only you, as the manager of your team, can do. Are you sure? We often think we are essential to tasks when, in fact, we