Management Coaching Moment #11

TweetAll the names changed to save the innocent, guilty and goofy 😉 When we met, Jean, a new manager, was expressing a major concern for taking on a specialised task within her new role. Jean had bravely undertaken the task once only to be judged by those present and more experienced (we’ll call them the B-team), that she had not completed it properly and what she had done was wrong....
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3 questions that help avoid that urgent slog to nowhere

TweetImagine (or maybe you live this)… It’s Wednesday afternoon and you’ve been asked to drop everything and prepare a letter, report, presentation for someone. It’s urgent. Your adrenaline kicks in so your whip out your superhero cape and direct all your attention to attending to the request. All that your were working on, your ToDo list, possibly even your scheduled...
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One bad apple, why treat the whole barrel?

TweetAs the manager, have you put the whole team through conflict resolution or interpersonal communication skills training just because one person in the team seems to be creating hell for everyone else? … have you had full staff meetings just to discuss and remind staff how important it is to communicate clearly and kindly with each other, to demonstrated mutual respect? … have you...
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More Issues Than Vogue

TweetSo how do you handle that one person in the team who needs to wear this everyday (if for no other reason than a public service warning to the others): (Photo source: Pinterest) Issues – My brother’s girlfriend had to be taken to hospital last night – My washing machine broke and flooded the house – My dog had to be taken to the vet – My flatmate stole my...
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Managers: Are you at your best?

TweetI saw this article about exercises that uses three things that are in your office or in a meeting room near you! “12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on...
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Another example of, ‘it’s not all about you’ (even when it is)

TweetInteresting leadership discussion: I challenged the leader to think about the most difficult person they deal with and find a way to bring that person on board; to consider how they can improve the relationship. I suggested they ponder the communication preferences of the ‘difficult’ person rather than communicating the way the leader prefers, especially if the...
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