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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
Performance

Redundancy, facing change and new doors

Redundancy. It's such a horrible term. It describes something that is no longer needed. We were made redundant 23 years ago and we survived and thrived. We set up a business together and we have never looked back. We know you would like to wipe the imagined smug look off our faces and we can’t blame you. That stuff doesn’t…
Sharpstone Skinner
August 25, 2020
Performance

We’ll meet again

Who did you learn from in the early stages of your career? Whether you were aware at the time or not, you were surrounded by good and bad examples of how to do things in your chosen field. This must have informed your choices as you progressed. One such example from one of our clients came from a boss’s boss…
Sharpstone Skinner
July 28, 2020
Leadership

Virtual learning – is it worth it? (Part 2)

Hello readers. Last week we looked at some of the positives of learning online in a group or with your team and promised a counter-argument to follow. Well, here it is – some of the downsides of virtual learning and why we need to balance it with some close contact learning experiences once our country leaders and our common sense…
Sharpstone Skinner
June 1, 2020
Leadership

Have you got “not-busy guilt”?

You’ve set your office up, finally managed to work out how to get on a video call and are secretly enjoying the lack of a commute. You have probably been for more walks in the last two weeks than in the last two years and discovered things about your local neighbourhood you didn’t know. And you are busy, busy, busy………
Sharpstone Skinner
April 7, 2020