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The Top Ten Qualities Of High Performance Teams

Posted by on Friday, October 31, 2014, In : Leadership & Teams 

Back on the farm, my grandfather used to say one boy can do a day’s work. Two boys can do a half day’s work. And, three boys won’t do any work at all.

Lousy teams frustrate more people than any other aspect of organisational life, other than lousy leaders.

Incompetent leaders don’t understand high-performance combinations. Incompatible talent struggles to perform. Lopsided teams deliver inconsistent results.

Skillful leaders know how to bring people together in ways that enhance pe...

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How to Stop De-Energising Teams

Posted by on Thursday, October 16, 2014, In : Leadership & Teams 

It takes a miracle to re-ignite a fire once you’ve hosed it down. Skillful leaders use words to energise and release. Foolish leaders rein in and control. 
Everyone has a fire inside. The Leadership’s role is throwing gas on it.

10 principles of energy:

1.    Leading is easy when teams feel energised.

2.    Energy levels are leadership’s responsibility.

3.    Untended fires go out.

4.    Energy is a gift. You can’t buy it.

5.    Energy indicates love. High energy says people are ...

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The 3 Most Vexing Employee Development Problems - and How to Overcome Them

Posted by on Friday, May 23, 2014, In : Leadership & Teams 

Walk into any organisation (of any type or size) and talk to its leaders about what keeps them up at night, and eventually some recurring refrains will emerge about the challenges of today’s workplace for creating appropriate and sufficient opportunities for employee growth and development.

In my work as a leadership and employee development consultant and coach, this is my daily experience. In this post, I will describe the three most vexing employee development problems and suggest a way...

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Team Motivation

Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Leadership & Teams 

You won’t find Motivation 101 in most business schools; yet, the ability to motivate one’s team and organisation is one of the most important skills you must possess in today’s business climate.

The fact is the great recession has left its mark: employees are in a funk. They are fearful, overworked, distrustful, and have less enthusiasm and passion than ever. And many leaders are continually frustrated by their team’s performance and low morale and engagement. The answer, doesn’t i...

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Appreciation, The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Posted by on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

Happy Friday to you! Friday is a great day to let an employee or a coworker know just how much you appreciate them. You have the power to make someone’s day and since it is Friday, that positive feeling will likely stick with them through the weekend. What could be better?

So what is stopping you from making it happen?

1.    Send an email to thank a co-worker for something they helped you with this week. Include their boss if you want.

2.    Take the time to write out a thank you ...

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The 4 Pillars of Leadership

Posted by on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

There has been a notable shift in recent years to talking about project leadership, as distinct from project management. Management, as the saying goes, is about doing things right, and leadership is about doing the right things. In reality, both leadership and management are often done by the same person – the project manager. But how do you adopt a style that supports both?

Thomas Juli sets out five principles of effective project leadership in his book Leadership Principles for Project ...

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10 tips to overcome Imposter Syndrome

Posted by on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

You know how you feel when you get a new project or a whole lot more responsibility and suddenly you feel you’re in the wrong job? You’re not alone – that feeling is called "Imposter Syndrome".

We all get it. Someone says something, or you attend a meeting and it all goes over your head and suddenly you feel like a right idiot, in completely the wrong place and company and in no way worthy of being a project manager, or any other type of manager. It’s only a matter of time before som...

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Top 8 Skills for Project Managers

Posted by on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

What comes to your mind when you think of someone who is a skilled surgeon or a skilled pilot? You picture someone with some years on them. Perhaps a touch of grey in their hair that shows they’ve paid their dues through time. You picture someone who has decades of training, experience, and ongoing education. You know this person has passed scores of test, certifications, and exams to make it to the point they are now.

This leaves us with a level of confidence that makes us feel good abo...

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Team Management Dos and Don'ts

Posted by on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

Project Management is a different ball game every day with almost hourly surprises. Managing a team has always been challenging for project managers. You will have to work with the diverse set of people who have different skill sets, different aspirations and varied levels of commitments. Here are a few generic Dos and Don’ts while dealing with your project team.





Ask for their opinion, make a point to make them realize that you are l...

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