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Manager good, Leader bad or is it the other way around?

manager vs leader

Where do you stand in the ‘Manager = Good / Leader = Bad’ debate? Or is it ‘Leader Good / Manager Bad?’

Is the stuff that gets pushed, especially in social media, a help or a hindrance? Especially to first time, first line managers?

And, to what extent does this divide risk businesses being over-leadered and under-managed by enthusiastic, first time bosses anxious to be doing the right thing? [click to continue…]


Stop. Reflect. Move on. Better.

The Thinker Rodin by Brian Hillegas

Remember friends, a moment of reflection informs, renews, re-equips and refreshes our core. That’s why it is important, in wonderment, to Stop!

Stop often; even when the day speeds by in a blur, even when the sound of deadlines are whooshing through your ears, even when the adrenalin of excitement or anxiety is coursing through your  veins, even if you think you don’t have time to think ….. STOP.

For it is in our reflections that we make sense of the world and our place in it.

Most people don’t learn from experience, the ruthless reality is that most people knowingly repeat their mistakes. The truth is that we really learn from reflecting on our experiences.

Reflection helps stop us jumping to conclusions

Reflection helps stop us getting stuck in analysis paralysis

Reflection helps stop repeating mistakes

If you would like a free resource from me on building reflective thinking into a deliberate ‘Learning from Experience’ process that you can use every day, just ask and it is yours!

My thanks to Brian Hilligas for use of his great photo of Rodin’s Thinker


On September 22, Microsoft released Office 2016 for all new Office 365 subscribers, whether they want it or not. That’s OK, Office is a great product and new subscribers will be looking at how Office 2016 will integrate with their existing productivity and workload management tools before renting.

How about existing subscribers, though, who already have their current version of Office tightly integrated with their other productivity tools? Microsoft will be pushing the updated version to them in October. Here is how to control your own update schedule….. [click to continue…]


How to stop time. Stripping it back

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We are great at complicating things, aren’t we? Us humans. Especially in business.

I was particularly struck by this during a conversation today at a networking breakfast when somebody was talking about something very complicated involving international teams of MBAs, Professional Advisors, IP Licencing and assets spread across multiple business entities. All of which is, no doubt, right and relevant but of no real interest to me. Not at that time anyway.

I turned to my friend Steve Coburn and we agreed that business can be very straightforward. [click to continue…]


2 things you must do now with your Linkedin account

rwm linkedin picture

LinkedIn’s recent U-Turn on YOUR contacts makes this important. Here are 2 important things you must be aware of and do something about if you want to work smarter with your LinkedIn account.

This may have passed you by but a few days ago LinkedIn changed the way it allowed us to download a copy of OUR contacts from its platform. This caused an entirely understandable, furious response from ‘Members’ which resulted in a humiliating U-Turn by LinkedIn. Work smarter with LinkedIn

John Gill MD Uvex Director of the Year 2015

One of the reasons I love my business is the wide range and large number of outstanding people I work with every day. John Gill is one such outstanding individual, he is the MD of Uvex UK and the very worthy winner of the IoD Surrey sponsored ‘Director of the Year’ award in the 2015 Toast of Surrey Business awards. I have had the pleasure of supporting John and his team for a while now.

Here is an edited summary of 3 broad leadership themes from an interview I had with him in my capacity as IoD Surrey committee member, shortly after his wining the award. I hope you find it useful. 3 leadership lessons……


3 indispensable #productivity apps

3 best productivity apps for working smarter

It was towards the end of a recent TeamTalk I was delivering, within an initiative my client calls ‘Staying ahead of the curve’.  We were covering the whole gamut of attitudes, skills and behaviours around personal productivity and working smarter.

Inevitably, the topic of leveraging technology to drive priority decisions and smarter workload management behaviours was raised up and a lively exchange ensued, comparing various Apps. As often happens, people started downloading Apps whilst others were still advocating them – such is the hunger to stay on top of stuff. 3 indispensable productivity apps


How to Prioritise between a rock and a hard place

between a rock and a hard place

Sometimes work can get real messy, can’t it? Especially when we have tons to do and time is  not on our side. Sometimes it can be too easy to fall into reactive mode, focusing on firefighting, defusing the incendiary bombs before they explode in our face.

Yesterday I was supporting a great guy with a big job, successfully winning but at an unacceptable, unsustainable personal price. It was when he said ‘Richard, right now I’m just too busy fighting the alligators to have time to clear the swamp’ that I had to very explicitly challenge his thinking – and his behaviours. I’m sharing here one of the shifts he found most useful ….. prioritizing under pressure

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Pay attention to how you pay attention

The need to pay attention to how we pay attention is greater than ever it was.

The prioritisation methods I teach gets some very valuable back up from Daniel Levitin, a prominent neuroscientist. [click to continue…]


Don’t talk to me about Passion

Sometimes it seems to me that everyone on the planet is talking about how passionate they are.

Most of them are passionate, of course. And they are right to be passionate. And that’s not the point. And I’m not talking about using ‘passionate’ in your LinkedIn profile or in CVs either.  That’s already been well covered by LinkedIn themselves in this January2015 post which shows that ‘Passionate’ is the second highest descriptor used in LinkedIn profiles after ‘Motivated‘. That makes it a poor differentiator in my book.

No, I’m talking about talking about our passions. [click to continue…]