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Sharpstone Skinner

Performance

Is the Fridge Still There?

How are your teams feeling about returning to the face-to-face universe? Some may have a spring in their step. But, on the other hand, some may be dragging their heels or worry about finding their work shoes and are considering arriving in their trusty slippers. (Warning – inappropriate footwear for the outer world). It is finally happening, that normality that…
Sharpstone Skinner
August 2, 2021
Leadership

When managing becomes meddling

During a recent coaching session, a CEO admitted that when he headed up an Engineering firm he was a great engineer, but as a leader he was a pain in the neck.  Too much nit picking and not enough enabling.  He just couldn’t resist getting stuck into the work of others and what was intended to be helpful was received…
Sharpstone Skinner
May 15, 2021
Performance

How to avoid a dry January

Happy new year and welcome to 2021! A probable game of two halves as we contemplate some dark months ahead before we emerge blinking into the warmth of a more familiar world as the year progresses.  That’s the hope anyway.
Sharpstone Skinner
January 5, 2021
Performance

Self-care and the 9 to 5

Self-care.  It’s got to be up there with the most frequently used words and phrases of the year alongside furlough, new normal, resilience and “You need to take yourself off mute David!”.  Yet when we mention it, talk turns to bubble baths and box sets.  This makes the assumption that self-care is something you need purely to recover from work…
Sharpstone Skinner
November 13, 2020
Leadership

Leading from your gut

"Several times lately, I have finished my work, closed the laptop and sat staring out of the window of my spare room office worrying that I don't have the answers. That my team are looking to me for guidance about the future…and I simply don't know." A genuine, honest reflection from one of our clients. He is an impressive and…
Sharpstone Skinner
October 22, 2020
Leadership

Read this before your next meeting

It’s Monday.  Your day starts with a 9am one to one catch up, immediately followed by another meeting at 10am.  You meant to block out some time to work on a report at 11:30am but someone has dropped a meeting in to your Outlook and you feel under pressure to attend.  Before you know, it’s 14:30pm.  You shove some food…
Sharpstone Skinner
September 24, 2020