Ten Metres of Courage

Swedish directors Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson  have made a wonderful little film that highlights human emotions in a totally unexpected way.  The premise is simple enough, people at a swimming baths in Gothenberg climb up a ten metre diving platform and then jump into the pool, or they don’t. These aren’t divers but regular people who have… Read More »

How Do You Measure Up As A Team Manager? 20 Point Checklist

Over the last 6 months we have been working on a competency project that has identified certain characteristics of the successful team manager. We have summarised those behavioural indicators into the following list: They seek to add value to what the team are trying to achieve, rather than simply ‘manage’ them. They balance the task-team-individual… Read More »

Ten Strategy Thought Starters

1. Strategy definition: Creating distinctive, sustainable competitive advantage. Not difficult to articulate but for many organisations difficult to do well. 2. Distinctive means being discriminatory, rejecting options, not doing everything, focus, focus, focus . 3. All things being equal culture defeats strategy because strategy is about change. 4. Revolutionary goals are achieved through evolutionary steps,… Read More »

A World of Words

Many languages have some great words that just don’t translate well.  Those words seem to say something about differing priorities in the cultures that use them. What does your everyday vocabulary say about what preoccupies you?

25 Facts About Sales People

A Sales Director asked Father Christmas for the ability to really understand sales people. Having Santa as a strategic partner has allowed us a sneak preview of the Sales Director’s present. All salespeople believe that when they succeed its all down to them, and when they fail it’s down to factors beyond their control. The… Read More »

Eleven Smart Questions To Ask

When you feel a little stuck in a meeting or interview, it’s great to have some go to questions that get the other person talking and give you the kind of answers you need to gain some insight and think clearly. Here’s eleven of the best that you can apply to all sorts of meetings… Read More »

A Quick Coaching Checklist

Here’s an easy 13 point checklist to help with your next coaching session: Try not to be directive Avoid asking, “How do you feel it went?” Instead ask, “What do you feel went well?” Use open questions to encourage the individual to think through their actions and draw out their own solutions Listen to understand… Read More »