Book review: Who are your BEST people? by R Stuart-Kotze & C Dunn

There’s a lot to like in this book, and one thing that really niggled me. I completely agree with the authors’ assertion that the so-called war for talent is a ‘phoney war’. Stuart-Kotze and Dunn believe that there’s plenty of talent already in most organisations. So what’s missing? A straightforward way for people to identify… Read more

MBTI discussion

What are your views on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)?  For my part I find it a seriously valuable tool in the kit – for leadership workshops, 1:1 coaching, team development and succession development.  And let’s not forget personal development. There are heaps of practical applications for applying MBTI beyond the obvious ones of… Read more

Soup recipe: Leek and cannellini bean soup

This is good for a cold day and quick to make.  2 leeks – remove outer layer, slice off root, slice up the rest up and wash thoroughly  1 onion – peeled and diced dessertspoonful cooking oil of your choice 401g tin of cannellini beans, drained 1 litre good quality veggie stock (Marigold Bouillon is good) Gently… Read more

International Women’s Day – killer stats

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its Corporate Gender Gap Report yesterday on International Women’s Day. The WEF surveyed 600 heads of HR at large global employers. Some of the stats are staggering. You can access the report here and check out the stats for your country. According to Klaus Schwab, the WEF founder, “women… Read more

Book Review: Perfect Pitch – the art of selling ideas and winning new business by Jon Steel.

As well as providing practical techniques to help everyone deliver great presentations, this is also a cracking read (even though we know the ending). Engaging, inspiring, brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny are just some of the praises to heap on Jon’s book. If more people adopt the approach he provides, we may be spared ‘death by… Read more

Ask a Coach: How do I manage my boss?

This is a question that I get asked a lot.  With all the hours we spend at work, the relationship we have with our boss can be one of the most significant in our everyday lives.  It certainly has a big bearing on our happiness at the end of the working day.  And on our… Read more

Book review: ‘How to do better creative work’ by Steve Harrison

Highly recommended for anyone involved in creating, evaluating, selling or buying creative work.  It’s great to read the views of someone who has done the job, won awards and all fairly recently.  There are some real nuts and bolts, basic things to get right, such as emphasising selling the client’s product or service when you’re… Read more

Managing Performance

How do you know if someone’s performance is up to the mark?  Here’s a clue: it delivers against objectives.  No more, no less.  Simple, innit?  Well it would be, if only people could write clear objectives.  SMART goals.  Something for someone to aim at that is actionable, measurable and describes a result rather than a… Read more

Workers ‘unhappy with training’

Recent research by online learning provider Citrix GoToTraining suggests that employees value provision of training – even though many are unhappy with the training they get. Main gripes: Thankfully, my company doesn’t get involved in compulsory, irrelevant training (though maybe there’s an opportunity…to do it right), and content is updated regularly. Feedback is what keeps… Read more

Robust learning objectives

Here’s a pet rant: learning objectives that begin with ‘understand’ or ‘know’. Yeah right, people will just ‘know’ the stuff they’re being trained on. How will we know they know? How will we be able to tell they understand? What will be the signs? What will be better, different? How will an impartial observer be… Read more