Have ever heard parents discussing the idea of having and ideal role model for their children? Of course all parents want the best for their children. Similarly during our own careers we have all sought out role models, beit indirectly or directly. In most cases, most will have followed a role model without actually realising [...]
Have you ever committed to a task or taken some action after being asked to deliver a result? Was there ever a time when you asked for a task to be completed or called in a favour? How did you react, when your requests were not delivered to an agreed deliverable?
Have you ever been in a situation where you believed something was right, only to find yourself cowering away in the corner? Perhaps a fear being reprimanded got in the way? A lack of confidence in knowing what to say or recommend, and simply you got your timing wrong?
I am currently in the middle of learning a new skill and thought of the times where I used to avoid learned helplessness. Do you have a training plan agreed with the organisation you work for? Is there even a training budget that has been agreed? In most cases, the answer is typically a categoric [...]
Have you ever thought about what your colleagues would say on your leaving card? What would you like people to say about your legacy?
As a new leader, do you remember the last time you were promoted to a management level? Individuals who used to be at your peer group level, are now accountable to you. How did you react to that change, and how did your former colleagues respond to you?
In the new global world we all work in, we find ourselves working with colleagues half way across the world. Working with different cultures has become an all important skill to master for all of us. Have you worked with different cultures in organisations? What challenges with culture and motivation did you face?
Has there been a time, where your line manager or mentor has taken you aside to give you the tricks of the trade, and show you how to accelerate your career in more subtle ways? One suspects in most cases, most managers are caught up in their own worlds, as their primary focus has been [...]
Have you ever been involved in meetings or projects, where you find more talking and little listening going on? Did you find a scenario where people were just not used to listening to each other? People talking over over each other, even if to try and gain one upmanship on a fellow colleague. Does this [...]
From time to time you will have heard someone in your organisation referring to the extremities of office politics. Typically, office politics can cost organisations a lot of wasted time, with individuals bickering over projects and workstreams. What type of specific office politics have you been involved in? And how did that leave you feeling [...]