Keeping those New Year resolutions

Keeping those New Year resolutions

We are deep into January 2019 – remember those New Year’s resolutions? How are they going for you? Have you started them? Are you still going strong? On the whole I’d say whatever the answer – be kind to yourself! Christmas and the New Year is a great time for...
1st Time Team Management

1st Time Team Management

5 Tips 1. Learn the basics. As a first time team manager there will be lots of new things to do. A lot of important stuff will concern your team, so get over the basics as soon as you can. Ask for training so that you understand how to hire and on board, performance...
Solving ‘knotty’ problems

Solving ‘knotty’ problems

5 Tips 1. Understand pressure and priority. If you find yourself in the middle of a crisis with a big problem to solve in two hours, that is very different from a problem that has been brewing or is deeply ingrained. What pressure are you really under and how quickly...
Returning to work after serious illness

Returning to work after serious illness

5 Tips 1. Trust in you. Everyone (and I mean everyone) will offer you advice about what to do or not do. You must decide what is right for you. Sometimes returning to work quickly can give you the sense of normality you need to help you get some control back. At other...
Building Personal Resilience

Building Personal Resilience

Or the capacity to spring back into shape after difficulty. 5 Tips 1. Think positive. Perfection is a cruel mistress. Rather than aiming for everything being ‘just so’ – be optimistic that you can improve things (including yourself) in small steps. 2. Embrace...
Getting Feedback You Disagree With

Getting Feedback You Disagree With

5 Tips 1. Pause. Whatever the circumstances for you getting feedback you don’t agree with first press the pause button. However annoying, disheartening, frustrating or even cruel it feels, you need to understand feedback properly before you can accept or reject it. 2....