Leadership and management: Maverick Magpies and Predictable Pigeons

Posted on: October 19, 2018 Leadership and management: Maverick Magpies and Predictable Pigeons

There is a myth that magpies are attracted to shiny, sparkly things. The myth says that they will even steal them. (In 2014 researchers at Exeter University disproved the idea that magpies are attracted to shiny things – but bear with me while I continue my metaphor). Creative swiping was a term coined by Tom […]

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Book review: Reinforcements: How to get people to help you by Heidi Grant

Posted on: October 3, 2018 Reinforcements - why asking for help is difficult

The original (shorter) review of Reinforcements: How to get people to help you by Heidi Grant was published in the October edition of Professional Marketing magazine http://www.pmforum.co.uk/pm-magazine/pm-magazine.aspx Reinforcement can mean a) enlisting extra help and b) a process to establish a particular behaviour using reward. Cleverly, this short book addresses both. It’s stuffed with interesting […]

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Book review: “The change catalyst – secrets to successful and sustainable business change” by Campbell MacPherson (Change Management)

Posted on: September 26, 2018 Change management Change Catalyst

I was at the Business Book Awards https://www.businessbookawards.co.uk/  in March. I saw Campbell’s humble and humorous acceptance speech when this book scooped the overall winner prize. The judges’ glowing commendations  meant that I simply had to read it. The change catalyst is indeed a great book. It’s beautifully written and a welcome addition to change management […]

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10 takeaways from a workshop on buy-in (Guildford, 2018)

Posted on: September 13, 2018 Workshop on buy-in

Thanks to Stevens Bolton https://www.stevens-bolton.com/ for hosting a Professional Marketing Forum workshop on buy-in Guildford http://www.pmforum.co.uk/locations/guildford.aspx After a lively session including exercises, discussions and sharing ideas, the delegates selected the following top 10 takeaways: 1. Face-to-face contact A recent HBR report suggested that face-to-face requests were 34 times more likely to be accepted than those by […]

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The art of giving feedback

Posted on: June 18, 2018 The art of giving feedback

The art of giving feedback arises in training workshops on change management, team development, performance management, delegation and coaching. Here is a summary of the key points to bear in mind.  Feedback defined Effective feedback means “Paying attention and giving high-quality feedback from an empathic place, stepping into the other person’s shoes, appreciating his or […]

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