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Should teenagers be allowed to sleep in?

  Sleeping in  This week I heard an interesting debate on the radio between Guy Holloway, head teacher at Hampton Court House and Anna May Mangan.   He is planning to let his students start at 1.30 in the afternoon, … Continue reading


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Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Objectives? (Part 2)

  A few weeks ago I gave three examples of typical mistakes in objectives. Here are three more.       3 more badly written objectives   Can you identify what’s wrong with them? You’ll find the answers below.   … Continue reading


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Are you just keeping your people busy?

  I had a great question from a Grapevine reader this week. So here, with her kind permission, is the question:   “I have a team of 6, 4 of which seem really busy 2 not so much. They do … Continue reading


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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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