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10 tips for managing a new team

July 17, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

For the purpose of this post, let’s assume that the whole team is being formed for the first time. So your employer is taking on a new project, or has won a significant contract, or is setting up a new venture. If you’ve been selected to lead this team, chances are you’ve been involved in the project development or pitch or some element that has led to this team being... Read More

Top podcast recommendations to freshen your feed

July 11, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Summer can be a good time to change a habit (and why wait for New Year?) Sun’s out, days are longer and we generally feel brighter. You might create a Big Project, or make some simple tweaks. One of a few that I’ve been doing is freshening up my podcast feed. I find podcasts a brilliant way to distract from the drag of commuting, a change from radio in the car, a good companion when... Read More

Summer’s a good time to…

July 4, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Wimbledon. Strawberries. Thunderstorms. Sneezing. Must be summer. When the days are long and it’s still light when we leave work, we can view life a little differently. There may be just as much work to do, depending on what you’re doing and where, but the mood is usually different. Don’t let the moment slip away. Here are a few suggestions to... Read More

Half-way through 2017: check-in with your goals

June 27, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

How is 2017 going for you so far? Yes, we really are almost halfway there. Which means now is a great time to stop, think, take stock of how we got to here, what we’ve achieved, where we’re on/off course and steps we will take to achieve our goals for this year. My advice: find a quiet time and place to work through these coaching questions to guide your thoughts (I like to get out in... Read More

7 email tips

June 20, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Image ‘email overload’ by VectorStory / Deposit Photos The two biggest bugbears of contemporary working life are meetings and emails. We wade through a swamp of the former and are regularly overwhelmed by a torrent of the latter. The volume of email is mind-boggling: Palo Alto tech firm Radicati predicts Read More

10 trends to consider in your career plans

June 13, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Image ‘Telling the future’ by everett225 / Deposit Photos Given what I do for a living – writing books, facilitating and coaching groups and individuals to improve their performance at work, just in case you were unsure – I like to stay informed and follow the trends about careers. Which means hours of fun reading resear... Read More

7 tips for managing your boss

June 6, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Image ‘The youngest worker’ by Mediaphotos / Deposit Photos Your relationship with your immediate boss is one of the most important professional relationships you’ll have. Over the course of your career you’ll pick up loads of lessons from the different people you’ll re... Read More

Book review: 'Virtual Leadership' by Penny Pullan

May 31, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Up with the lark to lead a conference call with India? Or being forced to be a night owl, to contribute to the weekly round-up video... Read More

Nurture your creativity

May 23, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Image 'Creative Painting Idea' by @ arrtfoto / Deposit Photos Draw I’m a big believer that we can all draw. No, we’re not all Picasso, but we can all draw – with a little practice. Stuck for inspiration? If you doodle, try developing your skill at cartoons. Start smal... Read More

7 tips for better meetings

May 16, 2017 by Dawn Sillett

Some extremely productive people avoid meetings, notably Seth Godin who says, “I don’t watch television and I don’t go to meetings. So I have 7 more hours every day than everybody else”. Crikey, he’s very keen isn’t he? What about the rest of us who don’t have much of a choice about whether or not we go to meetings? How can we make them better? <... Read More

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