Executive Coaching

Includes all aspects of executive coaching

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 […]

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 […]

Letting go of the baby

Baby being handed from one person to another

Owners of small to medium sized businesses often don’t have a clear idea of what will happen with the company when they eventually come to retire or simply want to pursue different interests.  Even when they do, they simply have trouble “letting go of the baby”. Will the company continue?  Is the company in a suitable state to be able to sell it or will it be the case of shutting the door and walking […]

Chimps and a little monkey business

chimpanzee-almost-human

Yes I know chimps are primates, not monkeys – read on. In the past a common view was that chimpanzees are lovely and friendly little creatures that enjoy having tea parties and drinking a particular brand of tea!  It was certainly assumed they were passive vegetarian creatures.  However, over the past fifty years much has been learnt about chimps and we now know them to be intelligent, complicated, ingenious and powerful individuals.  It was Swiss […]

Quick Wins – The race is on, but how quick should you be?

Businessman and businesswoman lined up getting ready for race in business

You got the promotion – it’s day 1 in your new role – the race has begun! Many will seek to find some quick wins to be seen to be doing something, to gain credibility and as a show of strength.  Quick wins are good; however take those early steps with care. Research by the Corporate Executive Board (2009) showed that although quick wins were a good indicator of a successful new-to-role leader, there were […]