Help! My boss is a perfectionist

I’ve been on both sides of this experience. As the employee, I’ve felt the dejection when something I’ve worked hard at gets the ‘red pen treatment’, i.e. nothing but fault-finding and critical feedback, ‘must try harder’. Yet as a manager, I’ve also felt the frustration at having to explain something again – and again. And… Read more

Why your CFO wants you to delegate more

“What’s it to them?” I hear you say. Ask CFOs about ‘under-delegation’ and you’ll probably get a pithy reply at least – or a lecture on the damage that under-delegating can inflict on the bottom line. Particularly if your employer provides professional services – such as strategic consultancy, architecture, business development, marketing expertise, financial advice,… Read more

Time for a mid-year review?

Yes, it’s almost the half-way point of this year. Many of Zoomly’s clients will be conducting mid-year reviews, performance check-ins, appraisal updates – whatever the label, you get the idea. In the overwhelmed, virtual, always-on, everything-needed-now everyday rush, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the big picture; the things – and the people… Read more

Imposter syndrome – who, me?

Have you ever: Thought your achievements are due to luck? Feared that your colleagues will discover you are a fraud? Responded to positive feedback with ‘oh, you’re just being nice’? Told yourself you ‘got away with it’ when you succeeded? Turned down an opportunity because you would have been exposed as inadequate? If you’ve answered… Read more

How to ask for feedback

  How are you doing at work? Do you really know? Maybe it’s been ages since your last appraisal, or maybe you’ve got a boss who tells you when you’ve screwed up but not much else, or maybe you’re not sure because you haven’t asked for feedback. What’s stopping you? Reasons I hear from people… Read more

Psych Stuff – March 2021

As we take tentative steps to emerge from lockdown, it seems like a good time to share some interesting psychology posts and articles that I’ve found. Here goes: Can you tell if someone’s lying, just by how they speak?  Recent research suggests we’re not as gullible as presumed. Loudness, pitch and emphasis all give us… Read more

You screwed up – now what?

  Oh dear…it’s not been the best of days at work. Did that presentation you’d worked so hard on land …er…like a lead balloon? Or maybe that conversation with a colleague didn’t go at all well?  Did you make a major mistake? Was it one of those days? It happens. We’ve all been there, done… Read more

Play to your strengths to promote your personal brand

When I facilitate workshops, the subject of strengths often comes up – particularly if the topic is leadership development, working in teams and feedback.  In ‘How to build your personal brand’ we take some time to reflect on our strengths, and it never ceases to surprise me how tough some people find it to name… Read more

Tools for mentors and mentees 4

At different times and in different situations I’ve been fortunate to benefit from the wisdom of mentors – and been privileged to have mentored others. I also help clients get their mentoring programmes working well. For a mentoring relationship to deliver the results required, it’s essential that conversations between mentor and mentee encourage reflection leading… Read more