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Reframing - it’s really useful; except when it isn’t

The art of reframing is a management, leadership and coaching toolkit staple, but how effective is it? Reframing is the ability to show someone an alternative more useful perspective or ‘frame’ on a problem situation. It should be useful for that person, not just make you or them feel better...

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When to Mentor and when to Coach

It’s a common cause of confusion for leaders and managers; what’s the difference and does it even matter? Isn’t it just helping people? It’s important to know the difference because it helps set expectations for the people you are helping...

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Head in the Clouds: How to deal with team members who get carried away with their own ideas

Recently training a team of senior Architects they were talking about how in such a creative industry, dealing with team members who get carried away with their own ideas can disrupt projects by going off brief, overriding agreed decisions and not working as part of a team...

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The dark side of nice and friendly team members

If you work in a warm and friendly team environment, the chances are you have a number of affiliation driven people in your team. Harvard Psychologist David McLelland defined three primary motives that drive people Power, Achievement and Affiliation which are the key to understanding behaviour in the workplace...

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Coaching Case Study - Working with arrogant behaviour

Sandra leads a team of Project Managers for a leading IT software development company. An experienced IT developer, she was promoted 5 years ago because of her ability to deliver projects on time and on budget, her ability to control the project management process was particularly impressive...

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How to thrive as a female leader

Stepping into a leadership role doesn’t mean you need to change your style drastically, and women and men generally do have slightly different challenges when they are in leadership positions. If you are a leader and a woman, by developing a few keys skills you can thrive as a leader and stay true to your personality...

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What to do if Coaching isn’t working

Anyone who’s anyone nowadays has a Coach. Working with a Coach can help you improve your performance, decrease your stress levels, revolutionaries your time management and sort out your work life balance. But what do you do if Coaching isn’t helping?...

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Isn’t taking responsibility the same as taking the blame?

Many organisations cite a ‘no blame’ culture whilst behind the scenes fault finding is a major preoccupation. We all like to believe that there is no blame and it’s best to focus on moving forward, but human nature depicts that we feel a lot better about ourselves when something is not ‘our fault’, so naturally we will look for fault and blame outside ourselves and be hugely relieved if we find it...

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