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Do we still need managers

Do we still need managers

There is currently a lot of talk about leaderless or autonomous or self-managed or empowered teams; all this begs the question, “do we still need managers?” First, a quick look at what is expected of a manager through the ages Henry Fayol in the late 1800’s defined 6...

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Leadership and management myths

Leadership and management myths

There seems to be a big myth that says, “being a leader is all about leadership and being a manager is all about management”. I often hear people say, “I’ll tell you what leadership is all about; leaders inspire, motivate, encourage ………. others” Or, alternatively,...

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Screen Leadership

Screen Leadership

Screen leadership is quite simply your ability to incarnate your leadership when working “live” screen-to-screen as opposed to working face-to-face; your ability to influence others intellectually through your arguments, emotionally through your empathy, physically...

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Enabling your leadership

Enabling your leadership

Leadership is about influencing others to work towards a vision or mission and I’ve yet to experience anyone asking me to influence them – leadership is rarely something that people give you; it’s something you have to take! “Leadership is the readiness to stand out...

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Leadership Dimensions

Leadership Dimensions

Emotional Intelligence, and the associated Emotional Quotient (EQ), has been getting a lot of publicity these last years, especially since the work of David Goleman During the same period intellectual Intelligence and the associated Intellectual Quotient (IQ) has been...

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Be prepared

Be prepared

Being on time for important events is essential, however, being prepared is paramount. By “being prepared”, I don’t mean having the presentation on a back-up USB key I’m talking about BEING prepared for what you are going to be DOING How prepared are you physically?...

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Rainbow Teams

Rainbow Teams

Teams, like individuals, have their characteristics. Some teams are action oriented with their sights firmly on their deliverables; full of focussed energy and committed and accountable for what they are engaged in. On the downside they can be so task oriented that...

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The importance of followership for leaders

The importance of followership for leaders

Followership is an extremely important topic for leaders; I don’t mean the need for leaders to have followers but the need for leaders to have a followership capacity. Leaders are not experts and they need sometimes to follow the ideas and suggestions of their...

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Being Mindful when you have your mind full

Being Mindful when you have your mind full

It’s difficult to be Mindful when you have a mind full of stuff to do, so here are some ideas based on the 4C’s Mental Toughness model. Firstly, stay in Control of what you are doing; it’s very easy to get caught up in the frenzy of never ending Zooms, Teams, Webex,...

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