Essential project management DOs & DON’Ts

I need to manage your expectations on this one: if you’re a PRINCE2 PM guru you’ll be familiar with what follows. If you work on projects but your specific skills aren’t in that area, this post is for you. One of Zoomly’s many bite-sized workshops is ‘How to manage projects’ and it’s about the essentials… Read more

Back to school – learning for work or play

It’s that time of year…even though we left school a while back, September exerts a powerful pull on us to get learning (well, here in the Northern hemisphere at least). With that in mind I’ve got a download coming up for you: ‘20 ways to learn at work’ – make sure you’re on Zoomly’s email… Read more

Psych stuff round-up

Here’s my pick of recent psychology research, articles and posts. Your football team’s poor performance can affect your work Now the football season’s under way, here’s a timely post for fans. Your team’s poor performance on Saturday can affect your own work performance on Monday. As someone who grew up in a footballing family I’ve… Read more

Boost your team’s confidence with coaching

A question I sometimes hear from participants in Zoomly’s workshops is ‘How can I convince someone to step up?’ When we explore this it’s often the case that the person in question seems to lack confidence – even though their manager sees them as very capable. For example, they: Seek approval for every step of… Read more

Facilitating beginnings and endings

Whether you’re facilitating an idea generation session, a training workshop, an off-site or a meeting – you need tools and techniques to make the beginning and ending work well. Why? Too many such gatherings deliver too little – yet at a high cost, when the hourly rate for all the talent in the room is… Read more

Defaulting to email? Beware …

When participants in Zoomly’s ‘How to communicate for clarity’ workshop pause to take a brief self-assessment, they often realise they default to one or two methods – which may not be the best for their message. Reassurance that they’re not alone is needed, and then we can get down to work. So first, let’s deal… Read more

Summer’s a good time to…

Festivals. Melting rail tracks. Hosepipe bans. Thunderstorms. Must be summer. Note: Summer’s also a good time to update this post 🙂 I’ve added a few current links to boost some of the suggestions. When the days are long and it’s still light when we leave work, we can view life a little differently. There may… Read more