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August 8, 2019

“Leadership and Learning and how leadership programmes can fail!” by Paul Matthews

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If your leadership development programmes are not quite getting the results you had hoped for, the good news is, it can be fixed. Leadership is often seen as the answer to all sorts of problems. The cry goes up for leadership and for leaders who will swoop in with capes flying and save the

June 9, 2019

Humble is as humble does

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Humility is not a word that comes to mind when thinking of some of the leaders of our time, and yet humility in CEOs leads to higher-performing leadership teams, increased collaboration and cooperation, and flexibility in developing strategies (according to a survey of 105 tech firms published in the Journal of Management). Humility was

March 24, 2019

Do you want to change your mind?

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Someone I know promised to buy a house, and then before the sale went through, his life and circumstances changed, and it was no longer right for him. He knew he shouldn't buy, but he did because he had promised. It was painful to watch. He lost a fortune. What would you do? Indeed,

January 22, 2018

How to find the gift in every problem

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When things are not going as we want, so much of the time we focus on what is not working and try to fix it. There is another approach to try as well. Focus on what is working in relation to the problem, no matter how small, and amplify it. Do more of what works,

July 3, 2017

Management is dead! … Really?

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We hear so much about leadership these days, and it is often touted as the 'cure-all' for almost any organisational ill. So much so we even see articles with the flavour of 'Management is dead. Long live leadership!' Really? Stephen Covey simplifies leadership and management nicely; leadership is about people, management is about things. If

June 8, 2017

Article: I am not a leader! (Better Business Focus)

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Many people would deny that they are a leader, and have no aspirations to be one. Is that true? Surely, we all affect other people around us in some way. If you follow that thought, it means everyone is always a leader. The question then is, “What kind of a leader am I in terms of the impact I have on those

April 9, 2017

I am not a leader!

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Many people would deny that they are a leader, and have no aspirations to be one. Is that true? Surely, we all affect other people around us in some way. If you follow that thought, it means everyone is always a leader. The question then is, "What kind of a leader am I in terms

March 29, 2016

Follow the leader (Port Strategy Magazine article)

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December 2015 edition Follow the leader First, imagine that a Sabre tooth tiger is about to pounce on you. Second, imagine your boss tells you that you haven’t met your KPIs and you have just two weeks to shape up – or else. There’s an important connection here, says learning and development expert Paul Matthews. “Both events

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

September 17, 2015

Leadership and Management to engage multi-generation reality of 21st century workplaces

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With Baby Boomers in the UK likely to be working longer than previous generations, three or four generations working at the same time in an organisation is no longer mere fantasy but a reality. For the first time in history, some organisations have four generations in the workplace: the World War II Generation (born 1929-1945),

February 20, 2014

The link between leaders and learning

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I was asked to contribute to a super little booklet by our associates at Reed Learning: "The Little Book of Inspiration" contains inspiration from "pioneering thinkers from the Learning & Development world". I was really chuffed that they considered me a pioneering thinker, and also to be published alongside people who I have looked

August 7, 2012

ILM survey and management survival tips video

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Shortage of skilled managers a major issue for UK plc according to new research More than nine out of ten (93 per cent) UK businesses believe they are at risk of being held back by a shortage of skilled managers, according to new research published today (Tuesday 7 August) by the Institute of Leadership &

July 13, 2012

TJ Feature article: Leadership and learning

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The interdependence of leadership, engagement and learning There could be a good reason for your leadership development programmes not quite getting the results you had hoped for. And the good news is, if it is due to the reason Paul Matthews explains in Training Journal’s July cover story, it can be fixed. The cry goes

April 4, 2012

Executive Grapevine article: Leading your way out of the stress culture

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How can leaders ease the burden on their stressed-out and anxious employees? Paul Matthews says: ‘Mental toughness and resilience is pretty vital. Someone who gets really stressed in one company might work well in another, while someone else might need the reverse shift. They may need a change in deadlines, or a change in travelling

January 22, 2012

TJ Feature article: Can you learn soft skills from e-learning?

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There is no simple answer and, indeed, it may even be the wrong question The anwer is yes, and no, and maybe, and it depends. In an article for Training Journal magazine, Paul Matthews recommends shifting the focus from the soft skills themselves to the performance they can improve. If you mean to learn about