Tag Archives: Managing others

  • Get people to like you

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    You know that I’m big on rapport, and I’m an improviser so I say “yes and”. This is a useful article giving you some basics in getting people to like you that is worth your time. “seeking advice is among the most effective ways to influence peers, superiors, and subordinates” more in How To Get […]

  • Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective

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    Storytelling leads to self-awareness. from Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective. And twin this with this Tribal Leadership concept – at each stage what stories do they tell? Colour that with this Harvard research showing that the quality of food in a kitchen improved when the cooks could see the people for whom they […]

  • Management Secrets

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    Managing people is not easy. So I’ve been gathering some great ideas for you. Management Secrets: Core Beliefs of Great Bosses outlines some important concepts (including “my employees are my peers, not my children”). And here’s another: stop asking your direct reports “How can I help you?”. Here’s why.    

  • Inspiration: make them feel good

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    Right now I’m spending a lot of time working with leaders who want to know how to recognise their team members for a job well done. I’m loving the work. This video is about recognising the contribution that individuals make. It’s 3.5 minutes, so get inspired:      

  • Yes, they want pizza, not money

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    Pizza and compliments are more motivating than cash. See this cool research from Dan Ariely. Giving cash bonuses costs the company more and in this research actually resulted in a drop in productivity. So stop promising your staff bonuses. Like them and feed them! Fits in nicely with Dan Pink’s Drive,  and this summary of research on motivation

  • Persuading people

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    Coaching women in business I find that part of every woman’s job is persuading others to take on her ideas, do what she asks them to or even buy what she’s selling. If that’s you, then you need to know Robert Cialdini’s six influence principles (Commitment and Consistency, Reciprocity, Social Proof, Authority, Liking, Scarcity). The […]

  • Leverage your technical experts

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    Are you getting the most out of your technical expert consulting teams? Your data scientists, data analysts, market researchers, the trusted advisors who give your business its edge? How can you leverage your technical experts and stop making these mistakes? See here’s the thing: people are tricky. Way trickier than data. And the smarter they […]

  • Advertising and influencing

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    This interview is well worth a listen Rory Sutherland from Ogilvie talks about advertising as an influencing tool (not just to encourage people to buy but to fix problems and influence behaviour). The discussion is wide-ranging and interesting. I listened to it lying in bed on a Sunday morning, and i can say i felt […]

  • Strategy from Lego

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    Check out this interesting interview with the former CEO of Lego from 2014. Here are some of my highlights: for 2 years, we didn’t have a strategy; we had a detailed action plan companies don’t die of starvation, they die of indigestion Less talk, more action: you can’t think yourself more effective They tracked their […]

  • Identify the mistakes

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    You know how things go wrong at work, but no one wants to admit it? And you end up finding out way too late to fix it, learn from it or even apologise for it? Great tip in this video from Dan Pink for getting teams to tell you what has gone wrong quickly.