Time to prepare

Time to prepare

Coaching, Commercial Collaboration, Creating Connection, Crisis Management, Customer Planning, Customer Relationships, Leadership, Selling, Winning Habits
Time to Prepare Prepare for getting back on the pitch… Like everyone else, the coaches of professional sports teams are facing an unprecedented situation – no matches, no team training…well, no nothing really. Their equivalent of the office is shut.  What they have been doing is giving their players diet plans, personal training schedules & focus areas. To support and encourage, regular virtual check-ins & coaching sessions. Getting them ready for being back on the pitch. Businesses are facing a similar dilemma and many of the usual excuses for not preparing have disappeared almost overnight. What are you doing to prepare to get back on the pitch? Getting it done before the wasters turn up…. Great preparation is a prerequisite for good performance. With that in mind, when running a…
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70-20-10, that old chestnut

70-20-10, that old chestnut

Coaching, Leadership
With no line manager support, it is highly likely old habits will slowly creep back after any learning intervention. Here are my top 10 tips to help support others. Those of us in the learning and development field will be very familiar with the cry of ’70-20-10’. In fact, the principle of learning impact being focused around the combination of ‘on the job application’ (70), ‘coaching support’ (20) and ‘training’ (in whatever guise it happens to be) counting for a lowly 10 percent, is well documented and backed by solid evidence. So, this is NOT about that…because whilst there are other theories out there…broadly there is no reason to challenge this paradigm. Is coaching support available? What this is about, is the ‘20’. I have an unwavering conviction around this;…
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Something about team relationships…

Something about team relationships…

Coaching, Leadership, Teams
Something about team relationships… the focus and importance managers place on them…or not England's emphatic victory in their FIFA World Cup group match against Panama in 2018, made it two wins out of two and guaranteed their place in the coveted knock-out stages of the tournament. This success contrasts wildly with their anticipated fortunes, as predicted by many expert commentators before the tournament commenced. This made me reflect on, amongst other things, how well the manager, Gareth Southgate, built a squad that has seemingly gelled so well and shows all the signs of a close knit, supportive team. His appointment drew questions and criticism from a number of quarters, a lack of big tournament experience and an average club management record, to name two. The proof of the pudding has…
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If a job’s worth doing…I may as well do it myself

If a job’s worth doing…I may as well do it myself

Coaching, Leadership
IF A JOB’S WORTH DOING…I MAY AS WELL DO IT MYSELF Heard it before? Said it yourself? Hmmmm….so what is the impact of this? In my experience, this leads to our teams becoming de-motivated, outcomes being compromised, and us becoming frazzled. So, what’s the problem? I often experience people telling me that they are so busy, that they don’t have time to spend quality moments with their teams; coaching and supporting them through their development. The perception and excuse is often related to the fast pace of today’s business world…but I would challenge that. I have been in business way longer than today’s technology which has sped up our world, and whilst that means that things happen faster, I still remember the ‘time issue’ being at the very epicentre of…
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