The Strengths Blog

Hands up anyone who enjoys being micro-managed… Nobody? Hands up anyone who recognises that they micro-manage others and wants to stop… Er. I can see a few hands but not that many… It’s an interesting conundrum: clients tell me frequently how they loathe being micro-managed and how: At the same time, clients who are micro-managing

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No, these aren’t dictionary definitions as they’re both defined as ‘thinking deeply about something’ (Oxford Dictionary). Be that as it may, our practice of them is very different. More importantly, the impact of each is a polar opposite of the other. I frequently hear clients using the word ‘reflection’ when they’re actually practising ‘rumination’ and

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Spoiler alert: it’s not to create value for your shareholders, nor is it to serve your customers brilliantly, neither is it to develop the best leaders from the next generation. All of these are laudable and legitimate aims but they will follow from the most important (and most over-looked) priority of the best leaders. Which

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If you’ve had a difficult week, I’m sorry. Me too. But don’t worry this isn’t (too much) of a rant about Brexit. You’ve had enough of those! This is about the importance of effective self-leadership. For someone with a strength in Emotional Control I haven’t been controlling my emotions too well recently: I’ve spent much

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Resolving the agony of conflict amongst your team members You hate it, your colleagues hate it, your boss hates it, your clients hate it. The question is: what can you do about it? I’ve had a number of clients describing the impact that poor relationships and behaviour amongst their team members is having on them:

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I regularly direct clients to watch the best Ted Talks so I was delighted recently to spot one I’d somehow missed: Rosalinde Torres talk on ‘What it takes to make a great leader’, a perennial question, huh? You’ll find the talk here https://www.ted.com/talks/roselinde_torres_what_it_takes_to_be_a_great_leader?language=en. Nearly 3 million people have watched it and for me, her message

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Are you managing your time or your energy? Your answer matters. I bet you’ve learned to prioritise, to notice when you’re at your most productive and to learn to say ‘no’. Classic time management tips.  And yet you’re busier than you’ve ever been: you’re bouncing from meeting to meeting and you’re spending more time than

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Asking for feedback always has a risk associated with. Asking for personal 360 degree feedback adds a whole new level of risk and trepidation for many. It takes real courage to ask people you trust and respect to provide comments and recommendations about you. Real courage. It takes even more courage to hear it and

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Millions of working parents around the world are balancing their demanding working commitments with raising their children. We’d do anything for them and yet, often, they see us at our most tired, most fraught and least best. Often we’ve used up the best of us whilst we were at work… I invest most of my

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“I used to think ‘if you didn’t do it my way you were wrong’. Now I realise that different isn’t wrong, it’s just different. If it achieves the agreed aim, without anyone getting hurt along the way, it’s fine by me.” Client, September 2015 How open to new approaches are you? Do you relish an

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