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23
Apr
2009
Five questions every mentor must ask

Establishing clear objectives is one of the 'must dos' for a mentoring relationship to be successful.  A framework of 5 critical questions, originally devised by Deepak Chopra, provides an excellent diagnostic tool in a mentoring relationship focuses on what the mentee wants and what they are doing or not doing to achieve that and what specific support they are looking for from the mentor. 

 
20
Apr
2009
A very unusual company
In Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point, he mentions Gore Associates (of Gore-Tex fame).
 
10
Apr
2009
Bull, rabbit or eagle?

In business simulations with top executives, CHPD has observed three typical responses in how top executives deal with a crisis.  These are responses they see being enacted in the real business world as the recession affects the way business is being done.

 
07
Apr
2009
Kevin Roberts on creativity and leadership
Kevin Roberts is CEO worldwide for Saatchi and Saatchi, whose goal is to be the 'hottest ideas company on the planet.' 
 
30
Mar
2009
When an employee cracks up, it is in the boss's interest to lend a hand

A sign of the times perhaps.  Evidence from a study by Coventry University demonstrates that the recession is increasing the pressure on employees. 

 
16
Mar
2009
Learning to say no

In this article, the author demonstrates the benefits of saying no.  It made me think of a very successful former colleague, who stands out as someone who sets herself very clear goals and then focuses her gimlet like gaze on achieving them - and achieve them she does.

 
11
Mar
2009
The benefits of training during a recession

I read in my local paper of the decision by one of the councils in the area to make a huge cut in the training budget to contribute to balancing their budget and keep their council tax increase to a reasonable level.  This, at a time when councils are under pressure with increased demand for services and expectations of greater efficiency.  It seemed an easy, but short term solution to the financial pressures.

 
16
Oct
2008
How to Get Happy: Tactics From the UK's Cheeriest Company

I love this article by Gill Corkindale from the Harvard Business Publishing site, which sets out the guiding principles that Happy a small IT company in the UK uses with its employees and customers.

 
11
Apr
2008
Karren Brady in the news

It was good to see Karren on the front page of the Times on 10 April. Unfortunately this time not for her inspirational leadership (see previous blog entry), but instead being arrested for alleged corruption as part of the City of London Police's ongoing investigation into corruption in football.

 
09
Apr
2008
Playing to win

According to Karren Brady, Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club (BCFC), “what makes a business great is the staff”. And she should know, as she has turned around the fortunes of the Club since her appointment in 1993 when she was just 23 years old.

 
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