How to handle a difficult performance conversation

Difficult conversations about poor performance are right up there on the list of tasks managers dread the most.  It’s easy to sweep the problem under the carpet and hope it will go away.  But if you don’t tell people where they are going wrong, they will never get any better. It’s important not just to […]

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New insights on leadership: Why Leaders Eat Last

Illustration of 3 employees

‘Why leaders eat last ….’ was the intriguing theme of a presentation given by ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek at the Vistage 25th anniversary conference. The event, sponsored by Cezanne HR, brought MDs and senior managers together to challenge their thinking about leadership and in particular why some teams pull together and others don’t. In […]

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Influencing without authority

It’s been a big week on the world political stage, with President Obama’s inauguration and David Cameron’s speech on the future of the UK and the European Union. It’s these high profile occasions that highlight how good (or otherwise) politicians are at getting their message across to the masses and bringing the nation along behind […]

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What makes a good manager? Your top tips

Our recent post on ‘fatal flaws of bad managers’ certainly seems to have touched a nerve, with lots of you sharing experiences good and bad, as well as positive advice about what makes for a good manager. So with thanks and credit to everyone who’s shared their thoughts, here are some of your top tips […]

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Fatal flaws of bad managers

If the reading material that’s crossed my desk in the last few days is anything to go by, it’s not been a good week for bad managers. First came the Chartered Management Institute’s annual Quality of Work Life survey, which shows that negative management styles are having a huge impact on job satisfaction, well-being and […]

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