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Binning the SMART objectives
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It’s a radical approach, but would your whole performance review experience be improved if you binned the SMART objectives? Having delivered training in how to set and write up SMART objectives for many years now, I don’t suggest this lightly. But I do suggest it as SMART objectives seem to be universally hated, so perhaps […]

Who inspires you?
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I have been talking about leadership and role models to a number of business and student groups recently. Who inspires us today to choose our careers, develop our skills, aspire to the board, or set up a business on our own? What I have found is, if you ask a group of students, invariably the […]

Hardship at work
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Are you having a hard day? Stressed, fed up, under appreciated, picked on, bullied, harassed, under paid, under valued, ill trained, lacking promotion prospects, having to work with someone you detest, irritated by your boss, got a smaller bonus than you wanted, hate the fact that you don’t have a company iPhone, perhaps no pay […]

Networking and relationship building skills
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Is career progression about who you know? A recent survey of workers from 1500 firms across five continents, found that the number one hindrance in a person’s career is a poor relationship with superiors. So should we conclude that career progression is not about intelligence, experience, skills, potential, technical know how, charisma, sales technique or […]

Twit twoo
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Who’s a moody, misery guts in your business? Yesterday I heard a guy on the radio saying, it’s now possible to monitor the overall daily mood of the world by analysing global tweets on Twitter. So what you might say! But they have also worked out that the Dow Jones index actually responds to the […]

Whose responsibility?
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Today I am speaking at one of the banks in London on Motivation. Part of my speech relates to responsibility for motivation – are we each responsible for our own motivation? Or are our companies and managers responsible? Perhaps you take the view it should be a shared responsibility? I suspect many will say it […]

The Lone Ranger
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You have probably met the corporate Lone Ranger at conferences, airports, or executive lounges – for those who have no real office base. You may occasionally have seen him (or her) passing through your own offices, on the way to some unknown meeting. The modern corporate Lone Ranger has a job title no one is […]

All bricked up
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Is anyone irritating you at the moment? Holding you back? Taking the shine off the job you used to enjoy? Hey, don’t let those brick walls put up by others stop you from achieving, or prevent you from having a great time at work each day. I suppose a starting point, if you are feeling […]

Innovate to succeed
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Life is set to continue to be tough in the UK for months, if not years, to come but the British do have a reputation for coming ‘through’, and for getting on with it and finding a way forward. We don’t have a reputation for giving up. I was therefore thrilled to see reported in […]

Choose your attitude
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Today I have woken up to breakfast news channels giving serious airtime to the doom mongerers insisting that we are now entering into the dreaded ‘double dip’ recession. Actually I had woken up in a very optimistic mood. Question though is, having seen the bleak news, should I now spend the day with a morose […]

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