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    Ownership of Performance Issues

    It is vital when assessing the quality of any performance that the standard of performance is acknowledged by person being assessed. That’s going to be relatively easy if the performance is good – though even then looking to improve can become contentious. After all if it is good enough now why waste effort...

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  • Good Leadership Relies Upon Interpretation, Communication And Trust

    Good Leadership Relies Upon Interpretation, Communication And Trust

    Good leadership is a requirement of all walks of life. As an ex-serviceman I understood that supporting the corporate strategy is what every member of a unit, regiment or ship is about. In the Forces – at every level – we would have seen it as the ‘task’. But – again at every level –...

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  • Background to MAPP

    Background to MAPP

    MAPP’s origins date back to 2002 when working with the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the Judge Institute, an initial version was developed for use with students. Using some research that had been carried out to determine the nature of what major decisions businesses made as they...

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  • Asking Questions

    Asking Questions

    “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates We ask questions every second. Some questions and answers are subconscious others more a part of our problem-solving. For example, subconsciously we may not be aware of the way we assess putting one foot in front of the other as we walk. Consciously, we will...

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  • Are You Being a Responsible Coach?

    Are You Being a Responsible Coach?

    In the not so distant past, those in charge were the ones that knew the most and that is what provided them with their sense of authority and power. With the rise of the ‘information-everywhere’ world it is impossible for a single person to have all the answers anymore. This situation is one of the true contributing...

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  • Even Lions Sneeze

    When the Boss Sneezes Does Everyone Catch a Cold?

    I suppose the answer to that question is whether they use a handkerchief or just sneeze over everyone. It follows that good behaviour – using a handkerchief – protects and sets a good, social, example. Not covering their mouth is antisocial and a poor example. Our behaviour can have the same effect on those...

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  • Peter Drucker Quote Ver2

    Project Management Should Be Managed Professionally

    Project management demands so much from today’s manager. But often – and despite project management training – project control is not conducted in a professional manner. Are organisations wasting money by giving project management training to staff unsuited to the role of PM or actually not even in a role...

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  • Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

    Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

    We hear variations of Mike Tyson’s famous words across the coaching spectrum. It’s all too common to hear coaches report their customers saying things like, ‘all I need to do is XYZ, I’m not worried about anything else’ or ‘If I can just address this one issue everything else will fall into place’. In reality...

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