Recruitment and Delegation: more linked than you may first think

TweetIn my latest edition of Dear Workforce, the following Q&A was posed: “Q: What do recruits want most today? Is money still the key factor or is professional development more important? It’s sometimes hard to tell what we should tout. A: Recruits tend to view professional development as the most important factor in switching positions. Making more money is certainly very...
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Managers, mind the gap!

TweetWhile standing on the train station platform waiting, waiting, waiting I realised I was staring at the ground and more precisely, staring at the message ‘mind the gap’. It’s bizarre where inspirational, Yoda-like brilliance emerges from (well, maybe not as impressive as Yoda). That stencil had me thinking about what it means to mind the gap in life, and not just as you hop...
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Management Coaching Moment #5

TweetBased on a real management coaching moment: Manager: I attend a specific agency meeting which I know one of my team could go instead of me but I don’t want the other meeting attendees thinking that I think I’m too busy or too important to attend that meeting.  What should I do? Me (Coach): I have two questions for you: 1.  Do you know for sure what the other meeting attendees...
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3 ‘…tions’ of Development for New Managers

TweetOver the years I’ve noticed a lot of 3-point, 5-point, 10-point plans, lists, this’n’that’s for achieving something – be it ‘success’, a skill, retirement, a million dollars, etc., etc.  While some may seem quite naive, I really like these as I believe the underlying premise is to simplify a process or approach and I’m all for making something...
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Managing the Task or the Ego

TweetRecently while training and coaching, (delivering one-to-one management training and in an executive coaching session) I was reminded of the fragile, fallible yet well-intended ego of the manager.  It was interesting how many times, each manager was keen to return to work and ‘tell’ the staff how to do something. This is common and it is often indicated by the manager making...
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