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Get more out of your meetings by design

Get more out of your meetings by design

Three quarters of us do other work when we’re in meetings, according to statistics published in the Harvard Business Review.   Worse, 90% of meeting attendees daydream whilst there.   Meetings probably eat up more time at work for senior leaders than any other activity, often resulting in a sense of frustration and time-wasted. But,…

Teach your staff to pitch – and then ask for one minute of their time

Teach your staff to pitch – and then ask for one minute of their time

Pitching, creating and delivering compelling sales propositions, is something that private sector business leaders know all about. Pitches win business. And being good at pitching can mean the difference between staying profitable or heading into the red in what is an increasingly competitive world. But the skill of pitching does something else which is equally…

How will you use your ten seconds this week?

How will you use your ten seconds this week?

One of the risks we face in leadership roles is assuming that we will get more attention than we’re actually likely to get. Attention is vital. Without it, people may hear what we say but are they taking it in? And it’s easy to assume that we’ll get more because the more powerful we are,…

Want to be better? Share and learn

Want to be better? Share and learn

No matter how good you are at what you do, there will always be someone who is better than you in some way. Envy, though natural, doesn’t help. But finding out how they do what they do, learning from them and using that knowledge is the route to improvement. And you needn’t pay a penny.…

Want to be a better leader? Teach

Want to be a better leader? Teach

If you’re not teaching, you’re not really leading. So says Professor Sydney Finkelstein, writing in the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review. Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Leadership Center at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, spent a decade studying world-class leaders to find out what…

Four out of five managers looking elsewhere – Survey results

Four out of five managers looking elsewhere – Survey results

Public sector employers may need to work harder to retain their managers with just over eighty percent admitting to looking for work occasionally or regularly, according to a recent survey. The research conducted by SmartSearch found that many managers are particularly looking for new challenges, a better work life balance or progression opportunities. Just over…

Smart(er)Search…better outcomes

Smart(er)Search…better outcomes

I recently posted on LinkedIn about the extortionate costs a council had reportedly been charged for taking an ‘external support and search approach’ for recruiting a senior level post. To add insult to injury, in this particular instance an appointment wasn’t made, making the cost even harder to stomach. The reported fees really were mind…

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