The importance of switching off

Okay, so the holidays are over. They might not have been as relaxing as you’d hoped but at least you managed to get some time to de-stress, kick back and enjoy life. And why not, you worked hard throughout the year. And as you prepare to psyche yourself up for work in the New Year,[…]

Saying goodbye

You’re feeling good! You have a full team. No vacant positions – yippee! Not only that, they’re all trained up, they get on together and work well. When you think of what you’ve achieved together you’re overcome with pride. Then the unthinkable happens. One of them hands in their notice, they’ve decided they need to[…]

You are responsible for the ‘whole’ person

  As a manager you know you are responsible for the people who report to you. Sounds simple until you start to dig a little. Then you discover this responsibility is far reaching. We all understand what it means to be responsible for physical wellbeing. In an office environment this would include a ‘fit-for-purpose’ workspace/desk,[…]

Privileged position of manager series

Over the next few months our blogging focus will be on the privileged position of being a ‘manager’.  We’ll use the term ‘manager’ loosely to include anyone who is responsible for staff either directly or indirectly. Both Shamshad (my Associate at Trainsform) and I will be putting our heads together for this series.   We’ve[…]

Ready or not- make a start

  I’m not ready To make something happen we have to start. We may not feel ready, we may feel underprepared and scared. But sooner or later we have to act. In our home life or at work at some point we have to make a move. I’ve drawn on the latest scientific research about[…]

Feeling all bottled up – why not talk it out

One of the biggest pitfalls for managers and as I’ve learnt over the past few years, anyone who is self-employed – is isolation. Where we are responsible for managing people or projects we often expect ourselves to have all the answers. We may stay all bottled up because of a need to create an impression[…]