Straight Talk Tips

I’d hoped I’d never hear it again. I certainly didn’t expect to hear it from a young ‘High Potential Leader’ on completion of an expensive year’s leadership development program. I truly think we continue to spend immense amounts of time and money on leadership and other learning and development inputs without seeing any corresponding change in attitudes or behaviour and other supposed ‘soft skills’. A wise colleague many years ago, when I was starting to be frustrated with the ineptness of our behaviour change efforts in interpersonal skills, said to me, ‘Don’t worry. The good guys will always get better.’…
For financial and other reasons, many people today are continuing to work into their late sixties and seventies. What is most interesting, and hardly surprising, is that better educated older people work longer, and earn more. It’s another version of the gap between the haves and the have-nots, but at least with this one you have some control over the side you land on. Manage three aspects of your life and you can raise the odds that you will have a long and a satisfying one. Live healthily. There’s almost nothing we don’t already know about health, exercise and nutrition.…
More than ever, organisations need people with the EQ skills to work productively in teams, communicate clearly and exercise effective leadership. We allocate resources to learning and development in these fields because it’s clearly the right thing to do. But as soon as financial belts have to be tightened, whatever has been allocated to these areas is first to be taken out of the budget. Is development of the so called ‘soft skills’ a worthwhile investment? Skills training is still underpinned by two beliefs, both of which are misconceptions. The first is that people will do something when they know…
Your influence on others may be unconscious and unintentional, and you realize too late the impact you’ve had; but it is happening all the time, whether you know it or not. As a parent you may have been horrified to hear your two year old swear at a toy that is misbehaving, using a word… well, there’s only one person from whom they could have learned that one…You’re constantly a model for someone. You model criminal behaviour when you steal hotel towels or bribe a traffic officer. You’re a positive model when you show respectfulness or generosity. At work you…
It’s not difficult to start the year with good intentions. Most of us do it every year. But how many of your resolutions ever make it past the end of January? We know that the road to hell is paved with New Year’s resolutions and all our other good intentions. You need something more if you want to change bad habits to good. You need a change in your behaviour. As well as spending time on goals, identify the behaviors you’ll have to change to reach them. For example, lack of time often torpedoes good intentions. If your goal is to…