While talking to a colleague about conflict earlier this week, I had a vivid memory of a dilemma my mother once talked about. She was a very capable woman, working for the same company for over 40 years, rising from accounts clerk to Director while raising my brother and me as a single parent.
When she retired, she joined various local groups and enjoyed outings and the occasional holiday with her new friends. The problem she faced was that people always looked to her to organise things – after all, this was something she was very good at. Continue reading “When’s it my turn?”
Every now again someone gives you some feedback that in one way or another completely stumps you. My own particular favourite was someone who wrote on their workshop evaluation sheet “Tim is very tall”!
When faced with something as left-field as this, what are your options?
Continue reading “Four things to do with surprising feedback”
People who don’t really know me might be surprised at what a seething mass of anger boils beneath this hugely tolerant exterior. All sorts of things get me going, but most of the time I keep a lid on it and only those closest to me realise that not everything’s as calm as it seems. And then, just occasionally, I explode.
Continue reading “Time to get really angry”
What made you open this post?
Anyone like me who regularly writes a blog is always interested in that question. One of the factors that undeniably influences people is a catchy title, preferably one that addresses a problem. I quite like posing questions, while others go for the numeric option such as 7 ways to unclog a toilet or 4 steps to a 6 figure income (find your own link for that one – I’m not endorsing anyone’s get-rich-quick scheme).
Continue reading “Influential leadership: how many habits does it take?”
I’ve long been a fan of Patrick Lencioni’s leadership fable, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. In this short engaging book, Lencioni reveals five issues that go to the very heart of why teams often struggle. The issues build on each other, starting with the absence of trust.
Continue reading “Trust at work”