Live on air – Just what is Emotional Intelligence?

Earlier this week I appeared on the Knowing Your Business Show on the radio and I thought it would be… [more]

Live on air – Just what is Emotional Intelligence? Live on air - Just what is Emotional Intelligence?

Is a manager the best person to be a mentor?

The title above is a query someone posed me in a LinkedIn discussion, which was about an article entitled… [more]

Is a manager the best person to be a mentor? Is a manager the best person to be a mentor?

Hire externally or internally promote?

When trying to find someone to fill a vacant senior leadership or management position, which is best? … [more]

Hire externally or internally promote? Hire externally or internally promote?

Good Boss or Bad Boss?

Some people ask me how they can tell if a leader or a manager has high emotional intelligence or not. … [more]

Good Boss or Bad Boss? Good Boss or Bad Boss?

Get the scalpel and cut it out

OK, I admit it – it’s a dramatic title for a blog; however it is descriptive of my current condition,… [more]

Get the scalpel and cut it out Get the scalpel and cut it out

Five more growing pains a company can avoid

In my last blog I outlined five growing pains a company can avoid; in this blog I cover five more people… [more]

Five more growing pains a company can avoid Five more growing pains a company can avoid

Five growing pains a company can avoid

It appears here in the UK we've just avoided going into a triple dip recession.  Hopefully from here… [more]

Five growing pains a company can avoid Five growing pains a company can avoid

Five ways to improve your Self Awareness

Self awareness is key to being able to develop your Emotional Intelligence.  Emotionally Intelligent… [more]

Five ways to improve your Self Awareness Five ways to improve your Self Awareness

All you have is now – miss it and it’s gone

I was reading a blog post recently, “20 Habits of Happy People” and number ten on the list was “Live… [more]

All you have is now – miss it and it’s gone All you have is now – miss it and it’s gone

Can praise be bad as well as good?

It’s generally well accepted that you should praise people; and that people will perform better if… [more]

Can praise be bad as well as good? Can praise be bad as well as good?

Live on air – Just what is Emotional Intelligence?

photo of radio microphone - live on air

Earlier this week I appeared on the Knowing Your Business Show on the radio and I thought it would be interesting to share the answers I gave on the programme.  The show interviews business people live on air, every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. The questions asked by the presenters, Ian and Darren, were things like: What is Emotional Intelligence? Is [intellectual] intelligence not enough? Is it for everyone?  Is it for businesses? Why can’t […]

Is a manager the best person to be a mentor?

businessman with mentor/coach

The title above is a query someone posed me in a LinkedIn discussion, which was about an article entitled “Can a manager be a coach?”  This got me thinking generally about coaching and mentoring and who is the best person to provide these services. However, before answering the query, some definitions: what is the difference between coaching and mentoring?  Firstly neither is counselling or therapy.  Both coaching and mentoring are future focused interventions to help […]

Hire externally or internally promote?

Hire externally or internally promote?

When trying to find someone to fill a vacant senior leadership or management position, which is best?  Should you hire in someone from outside the organisation who has a good track record performing a similar role elsewhere or should you promote someone internally, someone who knows the organisation well already.  Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer; both have pros and cons. Hiring in someone new from outside has the advantage that you can try and get someone […]

Good Boss or Bad Boss?

Are you a good boss or a bad boss

Some people ask me how they can tell if a leader or a manager has high emotional intelligence or not.  My view is we all know already.  Let me explain. Do you consider yourself to be a good boss or a bad boss?  Or better still, if I asked your team if they considered you to be a good boss or a bad boss, what would they say?  Whether we are considered good or bad […]

Get the scalpel and cut it out

doctor surgeon with scalpel removing limiting beliefs

OK, I admit it – it’s a dramatic title for a blog; however it is descriptive of my current condition, because earlier this week I had a minor operation to remove a lipoma, a small fatty lump.  It necessitated a general anaesthetic, so I’ve spent a few days since taking it a bit easy.  Which led me to thinking … I wouldn’t have said the lipoma was causing me any anxiety or distress; however having had it removed I […]

Five more growing pains a company can avoid

businessman thinking about the growing pains of a company

In my last blog I outlined five growing pains a company can avoid; in this blog I cover five more people issues that occur when a company grows in size. When companies or departments grow in size, in terms of the number of people involved, it inevitably means changes to the way people behave and identify with the organisation.  Some people thrive on the change, whilst others find the transition really difficult. By recognising the […]

Five growing pains a company can avoid

businessman looking at growth curve

It appears here in the UK we’ve just avoided going into a triple dip recession.  Hopefully from here on we’ll see healthy growth.  I’m certainly beginning to hear of businesses that are beginning to thrive again which is great.  However when companies or departments grow in size, in terms of the number of people involved, it inevitably means change to the way people behave and identify with the organisation.  Some people thrive on the change, whilst others find […]

Five ways to improve your Self Awareness

thoughtful business woman with self reflection

Self awareness is key to being able to develop your Emotional Intelligence.  Emotionally Intelligent leaders are aware of their emotional experience and know what they are feeling most of the time.  They have the capacity to recognise how their feelings and emotions impact on their personal opinions, attitudes and judgements. Here are five ways to develop your own self awareness: 1. Carry a physical reminder – Try wearing your watch on the opposite wrist or […]

All you have is now – miss it and it’s gone

Future Past & Present signpost in the sky

I was reading a blog post recently, “20 Habits of Happy People” and number ten on the list was “Live in the present”.  It reminded me of the journey I’ve been taking over the past six months or so in trying to do just that. Philosopher and neuroscientist, Sam Harris, in his talk entitled “Death and the Present Moment”, offers an interesting perspective on the present moment; he says: “It is always now.  However much you feel […]

Can praise be bad as well as good?

business people thumbs up - praise effort not ability

It’s generally well accepted that you should praise people; and that people will perform better if they are regularly praised when they do good things.  The premise is simple: people like being praised, so if you praise them when they do a good job they’ll want to do more good things and thus receive more praise.  Their self-confidence will improve and they’ll be happier.  However, is it that simple?  Or can praising people sometimes be […]