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Coaching

Not a newsletter about trends for 2022

Happy new year!  We’re not making any predictions for 2022 – there are enough memes doing that for us.  A personal favourite is: “Before I agree to 2022, I need to see some Terms and Conditions.” We may not know what the next 12 months has in store for us but we know there will be change.  There always is.…
Sharpstone Skinner
January 5, 2022
Performance

Feedback Part 2: Getting as good as you give

Hello again. In part one of this article, we addressed feedback, our motives for giving it and how to ensure you examine your motive before you open your mouth. Now that is sorted, you can deliver the feedback in a way that is taken well. It is vital to know the go-zones and no-go zones of feedback.  Derek Biddle, occupational…
Sharpstone Skinner
November 10, 2021
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