Why are great managers so rare?

This article on managers makes for very interesting reading indeed!

Why great managers are so rare

Beck & Harter report that:

Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:

They motivate every single employee to take action and engage employees with a compelling mission and vision. They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and . . . → Read More: Why are great managers so rare?

Notes for job hunters

Although not core to my current work, I occasionally help clients with aspects of the recruitment process, either interfacing with recruitment agencies or, more commonly, using job boards such as Reed.co.uk. Through this and my previous roles running marketing agencies for twelve years, I have been directly or indirectly responsible for hiring many hundreds of . . . → Read More: Notes for job hunters

Emerging: Karen Storey

Young people facing an uncertain economic future need authentic role models to inspire them to achieve more than their forebears. Karen Storey is one such role model, as an article in the influential magazine Wonderland testifies.

As ever it is the back story which is most relevant to the challenges that her peers face, in . . . → Read More: Emerging: Karen Storey

Lessons from Iron Men

The article below relates to the mental and physical training of top athletes in the gruelling sport of Iron Man. I think there are a lot of excellent insights that can be drawn from it for executives and entrepreneurs… I felt exhausted just reading about the process of developing top athletes!

What it shows is . . . → Read More: Lessons from Iron Men

Networking skills Prezi

If you find networking a chore, then take a look at this guide!

Networking: a framework for success in Business and Life on Prezi

. . . → Read More: Networking skills Prezi

Massage in the workplace

Readers of my comments on the Management Today blog will know by now that I am a passionate advocate of employee engagement and of the tangible results that can be achieved by making incrementally small changes to the relationship between employers and their staff.

There are numerous easy and super cost-effective ways of achieving this . . . → Read More: Massage in the workplace

Steve Cram at Clydesdale Bank

Thank you to the team at Clydesdale Bank Brighton this morning for inviting me to another excellent teleconference, this time with Steve Cram as speaker. As ever they had assembled some really interesting people around the table, not least Bradley who is studying Sports Psychology at Bournmouth University.

Finding lateral inspiration as an occasional runner . . . → Read More: Steve Cram at Clydesdale Bank

Workshop: Self-Awareness & Personal Branding

David Mellor and I are piloting a new half-day workshop on the afternoon of 10th May in Sussex (near Gatwick) and the nominal £60+VAT course fee includes an interesting personal report as well as lunch.

Places are deliberately limited to eight and we have two or three remaining.

If you are interested, please drop me . . . → Read More: Workshop: Self-Awareness & Personal Branding


A recent article in MT by Devora Zack and her accompanying book is the most sensible advice on networking that I have seen in an age.

The workshop that I developed is structured in a slightly different way and I thought it might be a useful counterpoint to Devora’s thinking to highlight it here. . . . → Read More: Networking

Of blogs, newsletters and stamina

At times there may seem to be an inconsistency between the general theme of my advice and my behaviour. I’m thinking here particularly in regard to this blog, but it may appear occasionally to manifest itself in other areas of my business too.

Those of you who have spent time with me, or have read . . . → Read More: Of blogs, newsletters and stamina