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Thank you Sue Townsend

  Thank you Sue Townsend It was with great sadness that I heard Sue Townsend; creator of Adrian Mole (and much more) died last week. She was the best selling novelist in the 1980s.   I loved her writing style; … Continue reading


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Never Give Feedback Again

  Stop Now   You may be surprised to see me advising you not to give any more feedback. But I am. What I am going to tell you about will make performance management, performance reviews and performance itself much … Continue reading


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Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Objectives?

  Setting SMART objectives and SMART targets can be difficult. Here are some easy tips to help you out in writing your objectives and making them SMART.       3 badly written objectives   Can you identify what’s wrong … Continue reading


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Overselling the job

    I was interviewing a candidate for a reception post a few weeks ago. He was an excellent candidate. However, he was very surprised to discover that the post was part time.     I immediately assumed that I … Continue reading


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Do you believe that people can change?

  Do you think that people can learn new skills?  So do I. I wouldn’t be in this job if I didn’t.     Sometimes dealing with poor performance can be really hard. You know the situation – you have … Continue reading


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Get rid of tasks you don’t like

  Years ago, at a time when I was particularly busy and had to take on a new project, I needed to delegate as much as I could.   I drew up a list of all the things I was … Continue reading


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Desmond Tutu’s message

  It has been a very long time ambition of mine to hear Desmond Tutu speak. Yesterday I was privileged enough to be able to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey. I could scarcely believe my … Continue reading


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Why you need to know what people’s values are

  Do you know the difference between objectives, values and behaviours? It’s a very important distinction.   ◦    Objectives are what you need to achieve◦    Behaviours are how you do it◦    Values are why you do it that way      Values tell you how people … Continue reading


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