ASK: The one thing Managers seem to consider a last option

Tweet    A: Answers can come from the most unlikely, not (initially at least) obvious places. When you ask a question, you are engaging others and their answers may surprise and delight you.   S: Seek to understand before being understood. This (paraphrased) principle of Covey’s (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) is gold, pure gold. Take the time to understand where the other...
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Manager BAD, Leader GOOD…or?

TweetIs it just me or has there been – is there still – a sense of a ‘manager’ being as not as good as being a ‘leader’? In our own way and from our own experiences, we can describe and define management and leadership, and the difference between the two (click here for my quick summary of the differences between >> Managers & Leaders). Throughout my...
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Tracking Back Management Skills

TweetWhile searching LinkedIn I came across a post that was in the ‘LinkedIn Answers’ section that really piqued my interest. The author of the post, Ruet Schwartz-Hebron, claimed that we could establish the required limited number of skills in order to have ALL management skills. He proposed an exercise involving tracking back, where through a series of three questions you should arrive at...
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Recruiting For Your Own Team: Start the Short Listing The Right Way

TweetAs the manager of your team, group or department, do you have to do your own recruitment?  While the HR department, if your organisation has one, may or may not assist, there are things you can do to improve the short listing and as such give yourself a better chance of hiring the right person.  Thoroughly checking the CV and using a person specification are two of the things that help the...
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Woohoo, I got the promotion… so now what do I do?

TweetHave you just / recently been promoted into (or accepted) your first ever management role? Have you found that you might need a little bit of help to transition smoothly, but, and you knew there was a ‘but’ coming, if you ask your boss for training or coaching you fear you’ll either look incompetent or it may be a sign to the boss that he / she made a mistake in promoting you? This is...
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