How Do People Respond?

Understand how people can react – whether they take control of themselves, or abdicate responsibility… There is a simple, but useful tool that helps you to understand how people respond to situations, and to anticipate their likely behavior. It can also help you identify those who are likely to be winners and losers. This tool… Read More

Managing Delegated Work

The skill in delegating work comes after you have delegated it Now you have delegated work you need to make sure it gets done. Just because you have delegated the work does not mean it will automatically get done how or when you want to. Follow these five steps to help you manage your delegated… Read More

What Do You Need to be Successful?

And the answer is…… So you want to be successful? But is that enough to be so? We all know that just because you want something does not make it so. Success requires one thing and one thing only – action! To be successful needs a massive amount of effort on a consistent and ongoing… Read More

The Paradox of Choice

Giving greater choice does not mean more will be chosen!  Most people believe that having a choice is good. The belief here is that choice gives us freedom, so if we have more choices we have more freedom, the better it is for our lives. But some research has found that this is not necessarily… Read More

Hiring for Attitude

How attitude is a good predictor of prospective employee success, and how you can identify those with the right attitude for your business. The top challenge for CEOs according to a survey from the Conference Board (January 2013) is Human Capital – the ability to develop and acquire the right people, with the right skills… Read More

Carry Out a Premortem

How to anticipate problems and failure before they occur We are all familiar with post-mortems and forensic examinations from all the TV crime series. Post-mortems are good for telling you what went wrong, why it went wrong, and the consequences of things going wrong (death in this instance) – but it doesn’t change the fact… Read More

Better Prioritization, Faster Execution

How to determine what your priorities are, and how to execute with excellence using a simple tool. Not only are our organizations undergoing an accelerating of change, but so are our customers.  In this increasingly competitive environment we have to be more relevant, and provide greater value, if we are to retain these customers.  In… Read More

Four Ways to Build & Maintain Employee Engagement

The risks and costs of allowing engaged employees to become disengaged, and how to avoid it happening. Everybody wants engaged employees who are committed, energized and enabled in doing their work.  We look at where we think different people are and pigeon-hole them as appropriate.  We forget, however, that they can move from one state… Read More

How to Optimize When Managing Costs

How to Optimize When Managing Costs By: Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS How to identify which costs need to be addressed, their importance and impact, and how to develop and prioritize your cost management program for the optimal effect.   Many businesses are concerned with the changes that are occurring in their marketplaces.  Changes in… Read More

The Three Ss of Winning in Business

Why you need self-confidence, simplicity and speed in business Many businesses, as they grow, develop a bureaucracy. This makes it hard for the business to adapt to the accelerating changes we are experiencing. As Professor Gary Hamel said: “Today, the most important question for any organisation is this: are we changing as fast as the… Read More