This category includes guidance on relating to others at work.

Top considerations to make people management smoother in the long-term

In its broadest sense, the term 'people management' could be said to apply to anyone you have to interact with professionally. However, for this article, we are going to focus on thinking about junior colleagues that we manage. People management is frequently underestimated in terms of its complexity and the time investment required. It is only once an individual assumes [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:18:57+00:00July 15th, 2019|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Top considerations to make people management smoother in the long-term

Personal development – why it is far from just personal

Personal development is one of a multitude of phrases used to describe people working on an aspect of themselves; it could be an attitude, a behaviour or a skill. Fundamentally, it implies that personal growth and progress will be the result. However, the danger with this term comes when it is considered that only the individual themselves benefits. Even in [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:20:56+00:00February 25th, 2019|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Personal development – why it is far from just personal

Get stuff done – five top tips for asking others to do tasks without feeling like a ‘nag’

At work, we all frequently depend on other people; we need to work with others to get stuff done, so relationships matter a great deal, both internally and externally. I frequently have clients ask me what to do to get others to do what they need to do or what they said they would do, to get stuff done! It [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:30:45+00:00January 21st, 2019|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Get stuff done – five top tips for asking others to do tasks without feeling like a ‘nag’

How could talent development management transform your business?

The quality and performance of employees can make or break any business. And yet very few organisations today dedicate the necessary time and resources to attracting and nurturing employee talent. Those that do, see spikes in productivity and performance, as well as positive outcomes in engagement and a better business culture – all it takes is a single commitment to recruit, [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:14:41+00:00October 15th, 2018|Career progression, Soft/people skills|Comments Off on How could talent development management transform your business?

The 7 stages of writing a personal leadership development plan

Great leaders are made, not born, and there is no single formula for what progress towards leadership really looks like. While this means that anyone can become a great leader, it also requires some planning. Whether you’re starting on the bottom rung of the ladder or you’re already in a leadership position, a personal leadership development plan is an essential way [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:14:41+00:00September 27th, 2018|Career progression, Soft/people skills|Comments Off on The 7 stages of writing a personal leadership development plan

Make your team an asset, not a burden

Frequently, I hear from my clients how busy they are, how they have so many demands on their time at work (and often at home too), how much pressure they are under and that they also have to run a team too. It’s very interesting how often this is tagged on the end, the team as an extra responsibility and a [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:14:41+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Make your team an asset, not a burden

6 key management skills that new managers need for effective leadership

A great manager understands how to get the best from employees in any situation and provides a communication channel between the workforce and senior management. Effective leadership requires the same key skills whether you’re working in shipping or retail – and, as most leaders are made not born, it’s possible for anyone to acquire the skills required to lead well. Key [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:14:42+00:00August 30th, 2018|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on 6 key management skills that new managers need for effective leadership

How to grow effective leaders without wearing them out

Today, the business world is an uncertain place to be and employers urgently need to nurture the next generation of managers to effectively lead enterprises forward.  Strong leadership can help an organisation to weather the toughest of times and inspire and engage a workforce. Often, the most effective leadership comes from employees who have been “grown” within the business. These are [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:14:42+00:00July 26th, 2018|Career progression, Soft/people skills|Comments Off on How to grow effective leaders without wearing them out

Could a flexible working programme help your team to flourish?

Most employees now have the right to ask an employer for flexible working. However, making it possible for staff to have a more flexible working life isn’t just about ensuring legal compliance. There are also many benefits for the business in engaging with a flexible working programme that go above and beyond ticking boxes. The benefits of flexible working for employers [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:31:03+00:00June 27th, 2018|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Could a flexible working programme help your team to flourish?

What to do if your team is fatigued

A fatigued, distracted and demotivated team can have an impact on much more than just work culture and internal dynamics. Poor mental wellbeing within a work environment also affects the bottom line with a cost of £34.9 billion to the UK economy from the consequences of fatigue or boredom, such as absenteeism. In many company cultures this issue is getting worse [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:14:42+00:00June 14th, 2018|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on What to do if your team is fatigued