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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
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
Performance

Not a post about New Year’s resolutions

…because they fail.  In fact by the time this read this, you’re probably on the downward slide with some of your best intentions. Instead, an article about new beginnings.  January is a great month for a do-over.  You get a chance to do better at things that didn’t go quite to plan the previous year and to make a start…
Sharpstone Skinner
January 17, 2020
Performance

Nice things come in small packages

(or how to think big even if your team, department or organisation is small) If you are a leader in a smallish organisation you know you need to be a master of many trades.  You are expected to handle high level strategic and low level operational tasks with equal flair.  You may burn the midnight oil preparing a pitch that…
Sharpstone Skinner
February 25, 2019
LeadershipPerformance

Tell them to put their laptops away

We all know that group work starts with an ice breaker, expectations and ground rules. It is an important section to warm everyone up and get us all agreeing to how we will work together. On the ground rules someone will often mention putting phones and laptops away. For us this is common courtesy yet for some teams we work…
Sharpstone Skinner
March 19, 2018