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Embrace Failure or Put Your New Business at Risk

11/12/2017 14:19:54 PM

Read in 4 minutesBeing a business owner is not for the faint of heart. You must have determination, courage, and strength. You must also possess the innate ability to brush off failure and not let it define you as a business person. Because ...

What Motivates People At Work: 4 Actionable Factors

10/21/2017 11:09:01 AM

In this guest post by Boni Satani we explore motivation and examine Lou Gerstner's success in turning around a failing IBM in the early 1990s.

7 Competencies For the Next Generation of Leaders

10/02/2017 15:53:28 PM

In this guest post we introduce seven critical competencies for the future leader.

5 Weird and Effective Ways to Inspire Unmotivated Employees

09/08/2017 17:08:59 PM

This guest post present some weird, but arguably effective ways in which to motivate employees. Do you agree with them?

4 Proven Ways to Keep Your Team Engaged

04/13/2016 09:00:20 AM

Here are 4 proven ways to keep your team engaged, resulting in motivated employees that have a profound connection to your company and their work.

4 Proven Ways to Keep Your Team Engaged

04/13/2016 09:00:20 AM

Here are 4 proven ways to keep your team engaged, resulting in motivated employees that have a profound connection to your company and their work.

What Creativity Can Do to Businesses, and Why You’re Getting It Wrong

04/05/2016 09:00:40 AM

This month Edoardo Binda Zane, author of Amazon bestseller Effective Decision-Making throws a light on creativity, what it can do for businesses, and why we're getting it all wrong.

What Creativity Can Do to Businesses, and Why You’re Getting It Wrong

04/05/2016 09:00:40 AM

This month Edoardo Binda Zane, author of Amazon bestseller Effective Decision-Making throws a light on creativity, what it can do for businesses, and why we're getting it all wrong.

10 Principles of 21st Century Leadership

03/11/2016 13:20:00 PM

The leadership challenge is changing, so leaders must allow their thoughts to evolve. Here are 10 provocations to nudge your thinking into some new places.

10 Principles of 21st Century Leadership

03/11/2016 13:20:00 PM

The leadership challenge is changing, so leaders must allow their thoughts to evolve. Here are 10 provocations to nudge your thinking into some new places.

Give Me a Few Minutes and I’ll Make You a Better Project Manager

02/26/2016 06:00:26 AM

Project management can be tough. But, it's not just about managing tasks. If you want to be a better project manager it is time to focus on relationships.

Give Me a Few Minutes and I’ll Make You a Better Project Manager

02/26/2016 06:00:26 AM

Project management can be tough. But, it's not just about managing tasks. If you want to be a better project manager it is time to focus on relationships.

Don’t Panic! How to Lead In a Crisis

02/19/2016 06:00:32 AM

A crisis will happen in almost every business at some time. And, in this short guide we share 8 critical ways to lead in a crisis.

Don't Panic! How to Lead In a Crisis

02/19/2016 06:00:32 AM

A crisis will happen in almost every business at some time. And, in this short guide we share 8 critical ways to lead in a crisis.

Why Self-Reflection Is the Key to Effective Leadership

02/11/2016 19:00:00 PM

Learn why self-refection is key to effective leadership. If we are to improve our leadership skills, then it is important that we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses and the way we influence others.

Why Self-Reflection Is the Key to Effective Leadership

02/11/2016 19:00:00 PM

Learn why self-refection is key to effective leadership. If we are to improve our leadership skills, then it is important that we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses and the way we influence others.

Is Coaching Soft? — Using Coaching to Get Hard Results

02/07/2016 06:30:59 AM

In this guest post we demonstrate that business coaching may be used to achieve hard business results by addressing soft barriers.

Is Coaching Soft? — Using Coaching to Get Hard Results

02/07/2016 06:30:59 AM

In this guest post we demonstrate that business coaching may be used to achieve hard business results by addressing soft barriers.

9 Vital Ways to Inspire and Motivate Teams

10/21/2015 14:14:26 PM

Motivating employees isn’t rocket science, But it’s not about spinning stories either. Honesty and tact are two leadership skills needed to inspire the team. Keep reading and I’ll share thirteen vital ways to inspire and motivate team ...

9 Vital Ways to Inspire and Motivate Teams

10/21/2015 14:14:26 PM

Motivating employees isn’t rocket science, But it’s not about spinning stories either. Honesty and tact are two leadership skills needed to inspire the team. Keep reading and I’ll share thirteen vital ways to inspire and motivate team ...

Probably the Best Guide to Understanding the Introverted — An Infographic

09/26/2015 06:30:59 AM

We share an infographic that is probably the best guide to understanding the introverted

Probably the Best Guide to Understanding the Introverted — An Infographic

09/26/2015 06:30:59 AM

We share an infographic that is probably the best guide to understanding the introverted

3 Truths to Grow Your Leadership For the Long Term

07/24/2015 11:54:50 AM

Grow your leadership for the long term requires commitment to follow and practice these 3 leadership truths consistently every day.

3 Truths to Grow Your Leadership For the Long Term

07/24/2015 11:54:50 AM

Grow your leadership for the long term requires commitment to follow and practice these 3 leadership truths consistently every day.

8 Steps to a More Rewarding Job

06/20/2015 04:58:53 AM

So you want a new job? In this post Martin Webster tells you how to find your dream Job in 8 easy steps.

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

02/25/2015 14:51:12 PM

Emotional intelligence is an essential leadership skill. In this guest post, Liam Barrett explains why self awareness and understanding the needs of others leads to a happier workforce.

3 Leadership Skills I Learned From Gordon Ramsay

01/24/2015 09:15:34 AM

Reality TV is probably not your first call when trying to improve your leadership skills, but you may find surprisingly good insights from acclaimed British chef and entrepreneur Gordon Ramsey.

Three Steps to Success

11/19/2014 13:32:56 PM

Beginning with a concise definition of project management, Martin Webster identifies three important things a successful project manager does habitually.

Tin and Wires: Data Centre Migration Master Class, part 2

11/16/2014 13:08:21 PM

Exclusive to Leadership Thoughts, chapter 26 of Donato Piccinos new book — The Ultimate IT Project Manager — Tin and Wires, Part 2: Data Centre Migration Master (DCM) Class.

Warning: Your Business Could Be Loosing One Day a Week Because of Insufficient Digital Skills

11/03/2014 08:00:21 AM

There is one area often overlooked when developing employees: digital skills. Yet, research shows that much of the work week is unproductive because of insufficient digital skills.

Tin and Wires: Data Centre Migration Master Class

10/30/2014 09:00:11 AM

Exclusive to Leadership Thoughts, chapter 26 of Donato Piccinos new book — The Ultimate IT Project Manager — Tin and Wires, Part 1: Data Centre Migration Master (DCM) Class.

Who Else Wants More Fun and Less Stress When Managing Projects?

10/27/2014 09:00:36 AM

Today’s workplace is a hotbed of irrationality, politics, much ado about nothing, and competing self-interests. The project manager needs to do much more than measure the triple constraints. Here's why.

Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t — Infographic

10/23/2014 09:00:45 AM

Based on Simon Sinek’s book, Leaders Eat Last, this infographic charts a course for would-be team leaders to follow.

Top Tips for Improving Employee Retention

10/20/2014 09:35:51 AM

proving employee retention is important in every industry, but it's rarely an easy matter. In this guest post, Alison Brattle shares her top tips for improving staff retention.

Leadership Articles, September 2014

10/01/2014 15:11:10 PM

Welcome to the Leadership Thoughts Blog Carousel. Leadership articles for September 2014 are about leadership and team development.

How Quests Transform Your Leadership — An Interview with Chris Guillebeau

09/30/2014 14:58:03 PM

In this interview Chris Guillebeau, author of The Happiness of Pursuit, shares his views on quests, leadership and more.

How Great Leaders Grow By Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

09/09/2014 14:40:38 PM

In this guest post by Bruce Harpham shares insights from leaders in science and politics, an argues that every leader builds on the contributions of others.

The Essential Hallmarks of a Project Leader

08/27/2014 09:00:37 AM

In this article by Martin Webster you’ll learn about the 4 essential hallmarks of the project manager.

Top 5 Tips for Screwing Up Project Planning

08/24/2014 15:39:45 PM

Project planning is of vital importance for achieving results. And, when I observe a project manager who fails to plan, I am compelled to speak up.

60 Reasons Why It Would Have Paid You to Use a Project Management Process Framework

08/20/2014 15:53:48 PM

In this post, Martin Webster gives you 60 reasons why your business should be using a project process framework.

What Project Managers Really Need to Know About Leadership

08/17/2014 07:49:21 AM

The project manager needs to keep in balance the overall project objectives with the organisational context. In other words, the project manager spends time between the balcony and dance floor.

Lead Like Winston Churchill

07/22/2014 09:00:00 AM

In this guest post by Bruce Harpham shares three important leadership lessons from the life and work of Winston Churchill.

Body Language Tips For Business Meetings

07/16/2014 09:00:26 AM

Business meetings are all about making a good impression. In this guest post, we focus on getting that right using 5 successful body language tips.

Does Your Business Make These Three Common Mistakes When Motivating People?

07/13/2014 13:27:25 PM

Motivation isn't only about intrinsic reward. It's also about leadership behaviour. So, let's look at three common mistakes when motivating people and how they can be avoided.

Leadership and Motivation — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

07/02/2014 09:00:39 AM

Our Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories continues with leadership and motivation. We begin with the motivation gurus before considering motivation and leadership responsibility.

How to Get Your Team to Embrace Change

06/30/2014 07:00:26 AM

As a manager, every now and then there’s no way around it — you have to introduce change. And after years in web startups, I’m still amazed by how resistant people can be to even the slightest of changes; replace your site’s font, and ...

Why Is Leadership Changing So Slowly?

06/15/2014 10:00:50 AM

When I started writing the Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories, I envisaged a series of articles about the popular leadership models plus some additional insights on how these may be used in today’s organisations. Now, at the half ...

A Framework for Leadership — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

06/12/2014 04:00:26 AM

Michael Fullan’s framework for leadership model describes the core values and practices of leaders responsible for change.

Are You a Transformational Leader? — Take the Test

06/08/2014 15:59:01 PM

Transformational Leadership is about transforming the business and changing the organisation’s culture. Take our test and see how high you score. Transforming Leadership Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it. – ...

Dealing With Complexity — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

06/07/2014 11:29:18 AM

In Transformational Leadership we learned that one characteristic of the transforming leader is dealing with complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty. So, let’s take a look at a leadership model based on the work of Ralph Stacey, the author ...

Transformational Leadership — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

06/04/2014 17:05:36 PM

Transformational Leadership is about transforming the business and changing the organisation’s culture. Here we define the transforming leader and list 7 characteristics of the transformational leader.

Transactional Leadership — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

06/01/2014 06:59:50 AM

Transactional Leadership focuses on the role of supervision and getting the job done. But what does this leadership theory tell us about the leader?

Five Ways to Communicate Up

05/26/2014 07:00:09 AM

In this guest post by Alan Garvey, we learn that open and honest communication is the best policy when communicating up.

What Executives Really Need to Know About Leadership Accountability

05/14/2014 15:35:27 PM

What does it mean to be accountable? Well, let’s keep things simple and start with the definition of accountability. adjective required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible So, it should be clear that accountability is ...

Daniel Goleman’s Golf Clubs — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models

05/12/2014 10:00:51 AM

Our rough guide to leadership models continues with Daniel Goleman's Golf Clubs from Leadership That Get's Results.

Situational Leadership Theory — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models

05/05/2014 09:00:09 AM

Our rough guide to leadership models continues with a concise and practical introduction to Hersey and Blanchard's Situational Leadership Theory.

The Art of Strategy — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models

04/28/2014 13:00:24 PM

Sun Tzu’s The Art of Strategy gives today's leaders a model of leadership for life experiences and dealing with nonnegotiable conflict. Use it to overcome obstacles.

Leadership As a Lens — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models

04/23/2014 09:30:18 AM

Part 1 of our rough guide to leadership models. In this series we present various leadership models in brief, simplified format so you may reflect on what have to offer you.

Top 5 Tips to Screw Up a Meeting

04/18/2014 08:24:29 AM

The purpose of a meeting is to get business done. Next time you need to gather people together, make sure you follow these tips for effective meetings. That is, unless you're intent on screwing up a meeting.

4 Reasons Cooperative Leadership Will Always Work

04/13/2014 15:34:43 PM

Successful business change is not achieved by overcoming others but by encouraging cooperation. Learn how cooperation succeeds where competition fails.

Why Some Strategic Decisions Don’t Result In the Right Outcome

04/05/2014 15:50:19 PM

In this post I answer the question: What is Strategy? I also argue that the strategic planning process does not guarantee the right outcome.

10 Ways to Beat Stress at Work — A Daily Checklist

03/24/2014 15:59:10 PM

Dealing with stress at work can be overwhelming and affects health and wellbeing. Use our daily checklist to help beat stress in the workplace.

How to Stay Blameless and Avoid Taking Risks

03/19/2014 09:30:32 AM

Who is to blame? And, who makes the bad decisions? I’m sure you’ll be one of the first to hear about something going well. There’s usually no shortage of people taking ownership and credit for those decisions that turn out pretty go

The Cheaters Guide to Leading High Performing Teams

03/12/2014 09:30:22 AM

Imagine the life of the team … motivated, working well together with a can-do attitude, and a clear purpose. And, to top this, the team consistently achieves effective and satisfying results without intervention by the team leader. Well, ...

Delivering Projects — 10 Vital Ways to Business Success

03/09/2014 20:00:19 PM

Most people will say that a project is a temporary management setting needed to deliver some unique benefit to the business. And, project management is the governance — the principles, processes and tools — which is used when delivering ...

How to Create a Team Vision That Will Result In Concrete Actions

03/05/2014 08:30:17 AM

Successful teams know where they’re heading. They know that success takes a lot of work … and a share of mistakes along the way. Leaders who mean business start with the team vision and make this relevant by making sure it helps the team ...

Here Is a Method That’s Helping Teams Reach Their Full Potential

02/26/2014 08:30:47 AM

Coaching works. In fact, it’s still the best method for encouraging people and teams to reach their full potential. Coaching helps the team grow. It encourages self belief and self-development, and promotes self-sufficiency in the team. Stick ...

How to Gain Team Loyalty, Commitment and Trust — These 4 Vital Ways

02/19/2014 08:00:13 AM

Want to build a high performance team, and go from good to unstoppable? Start with loyalty first. Of course, you’ll need to put in place the basics of team management: setting objectives, organising people, motivating and communicating, m ...

Do You Recognise these 5 Early Warning Signs of Weak Leadership?

02/12/2014 15:30:02 PM

Your leadership qualities are the first, and perhaps lasting, impression you make on people. Get things wrong and you’re likely to derail your chances of ever leading a high performance team. Why? Because your behaviour is the biggest ob ...

Why Some Business Problems Almost Always Can’t Be Solved

02/09/2014 11:34:37 AM

Why are some business problems difficult to grasp? How do you tackle complex business problems? What do you think is the biggest challenge facing change leaders today? These are some of the questions I answer in an article included in this ...

Why Leadership Is Different to Management — These 5 Critical Ways

01/29/2014 06:32:26 AM

Let me state the obvious. Leadership is different to management. Both are needed to drive team performance. Both are essential for teams to reach their full potential. So it makes sense to understand the difference between leadership and management. ...

Three Reasons Why Your Team Won’t Reach Its Full Potential

01/24/2014 12:06:31 PM

If you’ve ever worked with other people you’ll know that many groups never reach their full potential. They get stuck. They go round in circles. They never transform into a team. Ask yourself this: Has your team reached its full potenti ...

My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

01/15/2014 09:50:12 AM

I started the Leadership Thoughts blog a little over a year ago. At times it’s been a challenge: What do I write about? Will any one read my blog posts? Do people like what I say? Twelve months on and I have answers to those questions. Leadership ...

Leadership Skills: 3 Leadership Lessons That Get You Noticed

01/11/2014 13:24:26 PM

Developing leadership skills is often a matter of trial and error. We must learn to experiment and take risks. Indeed this is how we hone our leadership skills. Last year I learned 3 valuable lessons on leadership. They concern leadership skills ...

10 Tips for Managing Your Time Effectively and Getting Things Done

01/07/2014 17:08:08 PM

Oh, how time flies! If you are ever surprised by looming deadlines or get caught out by distraction then you’re not as effective as you could be. So make time for planning and follow our top 10 tips for managing your time more effectively ...

Who Needs a New Year’s Resolution?

01/01/2014 09:17:04 AM

Another year. It’s the time when many people make a New Year’s resolution to improve their health or wellbeing. But do New Year’s resolutions work? I know. I’m lazy. But I made myself a New Year’s resolution that I would

7 Ways to Kick Start Your New Year

12/29/2013 14:34:27 PM

Kick start your New Year with seven simple tips. Kick start your year with seven inspirational quotes and our Seven Rs for the New Year. Kick-Start Your New Year 1 Regard If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, ...

Just imagine…

12/24/2013 09:00:32 AM

Just imagine what you can do when you try. Pause for a moment and think what it would be like to do something you haven’t done before. Would it be good? Yes, it would! Just imagine… Wishful Thinking Or do you only wish for some things? If ...

What Is a Good Idea?

12/19/2013 09:00:19 AM

What is a good idea? A good idea to some can be a bad idea to other people. But a truly good idea is one that happens! Here’s why. What Is a Good Idea? The tagline on my business card is this: “I find simple solutions to complex business ...

Is Your Leadership Running on Empty?

12/17/2013 09:00:11 AM

Is your cup half empty or half full? Are you running on empty? Thinking you won’t succeed will prevent you from achieving your goals. Believe in your own ability. Be positive and realise your full potential. Whether you think you can or you ...

Why You Should Stop Watching the Clock

12/12/2013 09:00:01 AM

Boss: stop watching the clock. You’re harming your business! Your focus should be on performance and results not clock-watching. If you watch the clock so will employees. And if their focus is on time it’s not on their work. Watching the ...

A Good Project Schedule

12/10/2013 09:00:30 AM

A good project schedule doesn’t tell you what you want to hear. A good project schedule tells you what you need to know. Today I want to talk about the project schedule. However, my intended audience isn’t the project manager. It is the ...

Top 5 Tips for Managing Stakeholder Influence

12/05/2013 09:00:39 AM

Managing stakeholder influence is an essential leadership skill. What’s more, managing stakeholders isn’t solely the remit of project managers. Everyone can benefit from my top tips for managing stakeholder influence. The power of intuitive ...