Absent Leadership

There are two types of managers when it comes to annual leave: Those who frustrate everyone and those who delegate authority. I have seen numerous instances where all activity and action is suspended because (as the receptionist informs you) “Sorry he/she is on leave at the moment, you’ll have to wait until they get back.” [...]

You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You Aren’t a Good Coach

Excellent article on Harvard Business Review from Monique Valcour. 2 minute read. Some of her key points are: “Managers think they don’t have the time to have these conversations, and many lack the skill. Yet 70% of employee learning and development happens on the job, not through formal training programs. So if line managers aren’t supportive [...]

On Mastery

Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is true. It is a collection of the author’s perceptions; albeit perceptions that have served him well and in behaving as if they were true providing (in the author’s perception) a useful and productive version of “reality”. Hours do not equal skill. In my forties it was time to remove [...]

The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

An all time favourite read of mine is “The Universe and The Teacup” by K. C. Cole. The book is subtitled “The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty.” and in the introduction Dr Cole mentions the symmetry that comes into play in the work of  Emmy Noether and Albert Einstein. Truth and Beauty, she claims, are [...]

How to get your boss to help you

As an executive coach I have helped thousands of managers, at all levels in companies over the years, to add coaching skills to their toolkit. They all prove they can do it and go back to work enthusiastic to apply the new skills. Yet there is an interesting challenge for them. How to get ongoing [...]

The 3 hidden traps for a first time manager – No. 1

We promoted him a few months ago, but . . . This is the most common phone call I get from HR. A successful individual has been selected for promotion to manager level for the first time. Everyone has complete confidence and all goes well for a few months. Then slowly things begin to unravel. [...]

Coaching Mastery and the Art of Flying

Throw yourself at the ground, and miss it. The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or H2G2 as aficionados call it, is one of the best comic science fiction series in the history of British humour, it is certainly the best five book trilogy ever written. (If you haven’t read it, do so this week.) Arthur Dent, [...]

Father’s advice, improved.

Many years ago I heard the phrase “Live every day as if it were your last, for one day it will be.” I like the sentiment, but it didn’t fit really comfortably. Maybe a connection to the reactions we saw from some people in the movie “Seeking a friend for the end of the world.” [...]

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