Model and Theory – Urgent Vs Important

Time Management PrioritisationManagement model - time and priority management - Urgent & Important Multitasking is the order of the day. Everyday we juggle our work assignments, professional commitments, personal life, family needs and health issues. There is always a huge to-do list to attract out attention and obviously we cannot attend to every need that arises. So the things get done only when they become urgent leading to some things not ever happening and some reaching to the point … [Read more...]

Coaching model – Skill vs. Will

Introduction:The Skill vs. Will matrix is a management tool (made popular in “The Tao of coaching” by Max Landsberg) used to determine what the best management approach is for a given staff member, based on two metrics: their level of skill and their level of will.The skill vs. will method will help you answer two simple yet important questions:How much can that person rely on his or her skills to complete the task?How much does that person really want to complete the task? The … [Read more...]

Reality Coaching – Coaching Motivational Presenters

Introduction I received a phone call asking if I was available to coach a pair of TV personalities preparing to deliver a high profile motivational seminar.  The pair had been asked to run an event together and the rehearsals were not being as successful as they had hoped.Let’s get to know the clients:He had been a presenter on terrestrial TV for some time and a motivational speaker, he was very successful. Let’s call him Joe. She was a sports coach and motivational trainer who had … [Read more...]

Change management models, processes and images

Introduction to Change, change management and change modelsChange and change management is one of those topics that we all seem to talk about and yet we all seem to have difficulty with.For any organizational development (OD) intervention to be effective, change needs to lead or at the very least be managed.Many organizations focus on the project management aspects of change. While this is an important factor - it is not the critical factor. People are. Having said that, it is about … [Read more...]

Reality Coaching – Business Coaching

In the second part of this mini series Mike explores coaching in the business environment.Introduction There are as many flavours of coaching are there are types of ice-cream. Each has its time and place. And like eating ice-cream it is easy to fall into our comfort zone and repeatedly have the same flavour – just because we like it. I am sure you also like many other flavours; it is just easier to have the same favourite.In coaching we often learn from one school or another. Many of us … [Read more...]

Four levels of learning – Conscious competence

The personal competence model Unconscious Incompetence - We don't know what we don't know Conscious Incompetence - We know what we don't know Conscious Competence - We know what we know Unconscious Competence - We don't know what we knowHow to use the Personal competence awareness model:To communicate with and influence learners it is a prerequisite to prepare them for your ideas and for them to accept the ideas of others (in the group).Preparing them requires you to understand … [Read more...]

Creating and maintaining a high performance culture

A High Performance Culture is something many organizations strive to achieve. Many have achieved it in their own unique and distinctive ways. However, certain fundamental common factors need to exist without which a "High Performance Culture" will not be created.In difficult economic time this can be difficult to justify - however now is the time to prepare the organization for the future. Organizational development strategies take time to formulate, develop and deploy - and that is before … [Read more...]

Writing a training session or lesson plan – templates

Templates for writing a training session or a lesson plan can be a confusing task to people new to the world of learning. One of the challenges for a new trainer is the development of a lesson or session plan for a training course or module.The reason this is such a challenge are often simple – tutors do not provide a sample template or format to copy, saying that it is the trainer or teachers choice, however when you are learning this is more of a barrier than an enabler of choice to … [Read more...]

10 day payment pledge – the UK government support for the credit crunch

Prompt Payment Guidance for Public Sector Organisations Do you work for any UK based government department, local authority, NHS or public funded body?  If so this article is for you.Prompt public sector paymentsI have recently completed some work for one of these organisations and they are now late with the payment - and so I am to two of my suppliers. One of them reminded me of the pledge last autumn for all gov departments to pay small business within 10 days - irrespective of the … [Read more...]

Brainstorming technique for innovation, creativity and problem solving – a business strategy

Introduction to Brainstorming   Brainstorming as an approach or technique can be an effective way of generating many ideas on a specific issue which can then be filtered and reviewed to determine which idea or approach is the most appropriate.Brainstorming as a technique is most effective with groups of between 8 and 12 people performed in a relaxed environment.   History of Brainstorming Brainstorming is a technique often used by groups, but can be done alone (although this is not as … [Read more...]

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