I think it’s fair to say that I spend a significant amount of time talking about what I think managers should do more of or differently when it comes to management skills (for example ‘Helping your stars to sparkle’ or ‘How to share performance feedback’’) But what about what you, as managers, are already doing [...]

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The quick, easy and (very) cost effective way of learning new management skills Do you want to learn some new management skills? How about learning how to delegate? Or how to take your performance appraisal meetings from mundane to motivational? What about learning some new management skills for improving employee job satisfaction (without using money!)? [...]

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I was recently reminded of a great saying (though not in the context of management skills – but bear with me!); ‘he’s suffering from a hardening of the oughteries’ Basically this usually relates to the tendency many of us have to live our lives driven by our ‘oughts’ e.g. I ought to lose weight, I [...]

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  How do you think your employees would evaluate your management skills? How do you think they would evaluate how you apply those management skills into practice? Do you think there would be a difference between what you understand as ‘management’ and what your employees understand as ‘management’?   In a recent research report by the [...]

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What is delegation? I’m sure you’ve heard the word ‘delegation’ bandied around the workplace. But have you ever asked (or thought to yourself) ‘what is delegation‘? and ‘why does it matter?’ Here’s a short answer   What is delegation? The short answer! Delegation (in a people management context) happens when you give one of your [...]

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I’ve made a lot of powerpoint presentations. Not all of them were good. I’ve always struggled to make the visuals work and, specifically, to use visuals to explain my points and persuade my audience  I’ve come across a simple, reasonably priced e-book that I think could help make visual presentations much more effective called ‘Visual [...]

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  I was talking to a client the other day about management confidence. She agreed that many of the managers who worked for her would benefit from improving their confidence – with one exception, Bill. She said: ‘Oh my goodness I wish Bill had that problem. He’s got more confidence than he knows what to [...]

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  I was talking with a client last week who was absolutely fuming about the way her manager had given some performance feedback to her and her colleagues. In short, the manager had called together everyone who worked for her and told them that they needed to ‘get to grips with the new XY system [...]

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Management Skills and Management Confidence It’s almost impossible to be a skilled manager without being a confident manager. But many of the people I coach and train just don’t feel confident.  One of the reasons many business owners and managers don’t feel confident in their management role is because they are afraid of making mistakes, of not [...]

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