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Welcome - the purpose of the blog page is to provide you with a never ending source of valuable, practical and entertaining information designed to help you get the best performance from yourself and others.

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  • Best Way to Manage My Team

    12 September 2017

    Best Way to Manage Your Team Are you interested in learning what is the best way to manage your team? The professional standards for managers fall under six categories. These six major headings for best practice as a manager, are as follows. Setting and achieving objectives. (SMART targets, Goals). Excellent communication... Continue Reading >

    Best Way to Manage My Team
  • Team Problem Solving

    29 August 2017

    Team Problem Solving It is important to harness the creative power of the whole team. Have you heard the phrase: "Two minds are better than one"? The most profitable ideas are usually the fruits of more than one brain. These ideas are usually the fruits of many minds working in harmony... Continue Reading >

    Team Problem Solving
  • The Mastermind Principle

    14 July 2017

    The Mastermind Principle It is important to harness the creative power of the whole team. Have you heard the phrase: "Two minds are better than one"? The most profitable ideas are usually the fruits of more than one brain, often the fruits of many minds, working in harmony to solve a... Continue Reading >

    The Mastermind Principle
  • Building Better Work Relationships

    30 June 2017

    Building Better Work Relationships It is important to develop better work relationships, because you don't live on a desert island, you live and work with other people. In order to build better work relationships, please apply the following: Never argue for entertainment value. Never make jokes at the other persons expense... Continue Reading >

    Building Better Work Relationships
  • The Use and Abuse of Humour At Work

    29 July 2016

    The Use and Abuse of Humour at Work At work, it can be good to have a laugh and can be very beneficial:. Laughing can help build a good team spirit. It can make the time pass more quickly. It can make you appear more attractive. Humour can make work more... Continue Reading >

    The Use and Abuse of Humour At Work
  • Effective Team Working

    08 April 2016

    Effective Team Working Mostly, people don't work alone. Instead, they work in small teams. The team may be just two people, such as Tom and Jerry, Ant and Dec, Starsky and Hutch, or the team may be larger, like Manchester United, or larger still, the NHS or larger again, NATO. But... Continue Reading >

    Effective Team Working
  • Be a Team Player

    21 August 2015

    Be a Team Player Everyone is judged by the others in the team, as being in one of three categories, either as; A positive, beneficial addition to the team. or A neutral factor: meaning, this person is not particularly helpful, but he-she is not harmful either. or As being a negative... Continue Reading >

    Be a Team Player
  • What are the Benefits of Working In a Team?

    23 January 2015

    What Are the Benefits of Working in a Team? Would you like to know what the seven benefits of working in a team are? There is a benefit in having the capacity to do more work. More people can do more work. A benefit in having the added brain power. Two... Continue Reading >

    What are the Benefits of Working In a Team?
  • How can I Get the Team to Work Together?

    17 October 2014

    How can I get the team to work together? Do the members of your team seem to act in ways that are contrary to the concept of "Good Team Work"? Do your team members sometimes fight amongst themselves, and tend to work against each other; rather than with each other? If... Continue Reading >

    How can I Get the Team to Work Together?
  • The 15 Major Causes of Failure and How to Avoid Them

    06 October 2014

    The 15 major causes of failure and how to avoid them Every problem has a cause. In fact, most problems have more than one cause. Problems don't spring out of nothing. All problems have specific causes. And since we know that "failure" is a problem, we know that failure has specific... Continue Reading >

    The 15 Major Causes of Failure and How to Avoid Them
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills

    01 July 2014

    Non-Directive Coaching and Mentoring Coaching and mentoring are both forms of non-directive teaching. Non directive teaching is radically different to directive teaching. Rather than a directive teacher saying, "Do this. Do that. Learn this. Learn that." a coach or mentor would use a series of provocative questions that would induce the... Continue Reading >

    Coaching and Mentoring Skills
  • People Management Skills - How to Understand Behaviour

    12 May 2014

    How to understand behaviour People management skills. How to understand "Why do people do what they do"? If you want to understand why people do what they do, then there are two schools of thought that you could turn to, in order to discover some answers. The two schools of thought... Continue Reading >

    People Management Skills - How to Understand Behaviour
  • People Management Training - What are People Management Skills?

    09 May 2014

    People management training People management training is designed to help people get the best possible performance from themselves and others. Your real role is to get the best possible performance that you can, from yourself and everyone else. If you can get the best performance from everyone with whom you come... Continue Reading >

    People Management Training - What are People Management Skills?
  • Good People Management Skills

    03 February 2014

    Good People management skills - Your Attitude affects your results In relation to people management skills, your attitude affects your results. If you want to be a good leader or manager, then you will need to develop good people management skills. We might even say that, if you want to get... Continue Reading >

    Good People Management Skills
  • A Good Team Builder

    30 January 2014

    How to build the team On the last presentation of the effective leader manager course, I posed the following question to the delegates: "What are the qualities that make a great leader- manager?" The group came up with the following list of attributes. The leader-manager is a person who is: A... Continue Reading >

    A Good Team Builder
  • Building Effective Teams

    13 December 2013

    Building an effective team An effective team is a valuable asset An effective team has the ability to pool its mental, intellectual, emotional and material resources in such a way, that the performance of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, meaning: that if the members work together... Continue Reading >

    Building Effective Teams
  • How can I Develop a Good Team?

    11 December 2013

    How can I develop a good team? A team is a group of two or more individuals who work together in a cooperative union for the achievement of a valuable goal. Teams are vital to your success because the fact is, you cannot succeed on your own. You need the knowledge... Continue Reading >

    How can I Develop a Good Team?
  • How can I Motivate the Team?

    06 November 2013

    How can I motivate my team? As a leader, one of your jobs is to motivate the team to achieve goals and targets. But some people are not very motivated. And worse still, some people are actively de-motivated; they are cynical and negative. But you don't get much productivity out of... Continue Reading >

    How can I Motivate the Team?
  • Staff Development Training

    06 September 2013

    Staff development training You need to get the best performance from your staff. Why? Because the future survival and success of your organisation depends on the quality and quantity of their performance. If you get a good performance from the staff, then your chances for great success improve dramatically, and if... Continue Reading >

    Staff Development Training
  • How can I Improve Team Performance?

    28 August 2013

    How to improve team performance The future of your organisation depends upon the performance of the team. If the team performance is good, then your future will go well. If your team performance is no-good, then your future will be hell. Your organisation is made up of individuals. Those individuals come... Continue Reading >

    How can I Improve Team Performance?
  • Staff Training Programme

    22 July 2013

    Training programmes for your staff Staff training is important, because your future success is dependent on the performance of your staff. If your staff perform well, then you will achieve your goals and you will be successful. If your staff don't perform well, then you will not achieve your goals and... Continue Reading >

    Staff Training Programme
  • People Management Skills - Motivation Training

    11 September 2012

    Motivation Training Motivation is important to any team because, if the team lacks motivation, then it will not be as productive as it could be. If productivity drops, then your chances of success are reduced. If the team is highly motivated, then the team becomes more productive, and your chances of... Continue Reading >

    People Management Skills - Motivation Training
  • People Management Training

    28 August 2012

    People management training The most important aspect of training is developing people management skills. Why? Because you can only really succeed when you gain the cooperation of other people: One person does not make an organisation One person does not make a team One person does not do well on his... Continue Reading >

    People Management Training
  • How can you Motivate Others

    05 December 2011

    How can you motivate others? Motivation is one of the top priorities of leaders and managers. If your team is not motivated, then you will not get the best from them. If they are motivated, then you will. How can you motivate others? Let us look.... Motivation can be split into... Continue Reading >

    How can you Motivate Others
  • Team Building Training - Build Effective Teams

    07 October 2011

    How do you build an effective team? Here are the steps Understand what a team IS You can define "a team" as: "A group of two or more individuals working together, in harmony, in order to achieve a predetermined goal". Take each element of the definition and comply with its meaning... Continue Reading >

    Team Building Training - Build Effective Teams
  • Why Do People Do What They Do - People Management Skills

    24 June 2011

    Why do people do what they do? People management skills is about developing answers to this one question: Why do people do what they do? As a leader-manager, you need to develop your people management skills and understand why people behave the way they do. If you are trying to get... Continue Reading >

    Why Do People Do What They Do - People Management Skills
  • Using People Management Skills

    02 June 2011

    Using People Management Skills Management skills training Life can be confusing Every day you are bombarded by a confusion of ideas, information and questions. As a business manager you need to be able to sort out the confusion. In order to sort out confusion, you need to be able to sort... Continue Reading >

    Using People Management Skills
  • Motivational Management Training

    06 April 2011

    Motivational Management Training Motivation is one of the most important aspects of people management, since people's productivity is affected by how they feel. If people are demotivated they don't work well, if they are well motivated, then they produce more. Since you have to pay them anyway: whether they work at... Continue Reading >

    Motivational Management Training
  • The 7 People Management Skills

    04 April 2011

    The 7 People Management Skills In order to improve your ability to get the best from other people, there are seven main categories of people management skillsthat you should consciously work to improve. Here are the seven categories of people management skills: Logical thought Emotional language Organisation Grooming... Continue Reading >

    The 7 People Management Skills
  • People Management Skills Training

    09 March 2011

    People management skills training People management skills People management skills are a set of "soft skills" that enable you to inspire the best from others. People management skills training is important because your organisation pays large sums of cash to people in exchange for their productive effort. But people are motivated... Continue Reading >

    People Management Skills Training
  • Motivation by Fear Or Desire

    28 December 2010

    Motivation by fear or desire Motivation is important. All managers need to know something about motivation. Motivation is the compulsion to act. We know we must get people to act, so we must be able to motivate them. But how do you do that? Answer: Understand the two great motivators: Fear... Continue Reading >

    Motivation by Fear Or Desire
  • Three Motivators

    21 December 2009

    Three motivators Three ways to motivate yourself and others. Motivation is the emotion that compels you to take action. Without motivation you would do nothing. With enough motivation, you could achieve practically any goal that you set your mind on. Most people do have intelligence, sufficient to achieve their goals. But... Continue Reading >

    Three Motivators
  • Improve the Management Team

    30 June 2009

    The management team What is a manager for? Your managers are there to achieve one goal: To improve productivity. They do that by adding value to your organisation in three ways: Managers are the members of your team who are primarily responsible for the creation and communication of clear goals Then... Continue Reading >

    Improve the Management Team
  • Managing the Team

    23 March 2009

    Managing the team Three facts about good teams All great teams share the same three qualities. Great teams form in the pursuit of a clear worthwhile purpose. Great teams have the ability to write practical plans. Great teams remain positive during difficult times. Great teams form in the pursuit of a... Continue Reading >

    Managing the Team
  • How to Build Successful Teams

    05 March 2009

    How to build successful teams Success is not an event It is a process It is a five-part process that can be boiled down to five steps: Purpose Plan Action Feedback Change Let's look at the five part Thomas Edison Success formula: 1. Define and clarify your purpose Clarify your purpose... Continue Reading >

    How to Build Successful Teams
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