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Success – get the right people on the right bus

Success – get the right people on the right bus

Thinking about why people with a similar potential are more successful than others led me to the conclusion that to be successful we have to be on the right bus. And if we are on the right bus, we are by definition the ‘right’ person to be on that bus.

Let me explain… Our metaphorical bus could be a department, a project,  a start-up, a challenge.  The most important consideration is that we are where we need to be at any time to meet the beliefs we have about our capabilities. (more…)

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How to build excellent relationships

How to build excellent relationships

I recently gave a training course on managing relationships at work  and thought it would be nice to adapt the section on the actions we can take to build relationships for this blog post.

It seems so obvious that having good working relationships  leads to higher productivity yet many people don’t make this direct link. Good relationships lead to more innovation and creativity at work as people feel confident enough to express themselves, time consuming, energy draining obstacles such as office politics and back stabbing are removed and of course, if you want to progress in your career, a good relationship with your boss is fundamental.

So what can we do to build better relationships at work? Here are some ideas. (more…)

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How to Connect with your Audience when Presenting

How to Connect with your Audience when Presenting

The public speaking world is awash with hundreds of techniques to make your presentation/speech ‘effective’ ‘have impact’ ‘be persuasive’, ‘entertaining’ … the list goes on.

But what purpose underlies all these techniques? It is to CONNECT.

Presenting is communicating and communicating is about connecting with the person/people in front of you.

That’s all very well you might say, but how do I connect?

Let’s start with 10 things we don’t do to connect when presenting: (more…)

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Leadership and that ‘vision thing’

Leadership and that ‘vision thing’

It goes without saying that having a vision is a necessary quality of an effective leader or leadership team; followers can’t follow without a vision to follow!

But the best visions that work are the simple ones. They work because they demonstrate three things:

  1. Where we are going and why that is relevent to each individual.
  2. How exactly we will get there and that getting there is possible.
  3. What the vision means to each person and this is communicated well.

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Are you YOU at work?

Are you YOU at work?

A friend asked me this question last night. She followed it up with “or are you Business Janice?”. I think the look on my face before I actually spoke, answered her question.

Why wouldn’t we be who we are at work? And if we have to be who we aren’t, who are we and what are we wanting to achieve by trying to be someone else? How sustainable is it to constantly try to be someone else? Wouldn’t that be extremely exhausting, not to say, stressful?

As you can see, my friend’s innocent question immediately brought to mind so many more deeper questions and gave me a great insight – thinking about it, “are you You at work”? is probably the essence of what this whole blog is about! (more…)

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The new depths of motivation

“When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does.

Our current business operating system – which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators – doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements:

  1. AUTONOMY – the desire to direct our own lives
  2. MASTERY the urge to get better and better at something that matters
  3. PURPOSE –  the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves”

That’s a summary from a great book I’ve just read about motivation called Drive by Daniel H. Pink. http://www.danpink.com/drive and it really struck a chord with me. (more…)

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