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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
Performance

How to argue constructively

Part of being a great team is the ability to have a good old argument. Except that arguing is not everyone’s cup of tea, even the word sends shivers down some people’s spines whilst others rub their hands together with glee. Yet teams that don’t have a constructive level of conflict are boring to be in, keep doing the same…
Sharpstone Skinner
January 8, 2018
Performance

Can you pivot?

Volatile times are creating an environment where organisations are constantly confronting new business challenges, undergoing profound change, and being asked to pivot to meet new and tougher expectations. Like many buzzwords before it, ‘pivot’, is gaining traction and likely to be the most overused word in the workplace for 2017.  When people use the word pivot what they really mean…
Sharpstone Skinner
October 16, 2017
Performance

IOF Blog – Developing Excellent Relationships

This month we spoke at a conference on one of our favourite subjects – getting relationships right. Better than right – getting them excellent. Whether you’re aware of it or not, when you show up in a communication, whether it is at a meeting, within a group, in a one to one conversation, even on an email – you bring…
Sharpstone Skinner
July 17, 2017
Performance

Feedback: doing it right

We should be so good at doing feedback nowadays.  Most companies hope to create an environment where two-way, constructive feedback can sit comfortably.  It doesn’t always happen.  We start with the best intentions – to give regular feedback and be open to receiving it too – yet when the pressure is on, we forget to make it a priority and…
Sharpstone Skinner
February 1, 2017