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

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

The Risks of Conforming

We often look at the risks associated when people don’t conform, and we often don’t like those who fail to act in the way we want or we expect.  But how often do we consider the risks associated with conformity?  The answer is rarely, yet the risks are considerable. We often go along with a… Read More

Trust Equation, The

Building and Assessing Trust Trust underpins relationships, and relationships underpin business. Good business is built on good relationships, but we rarely look at how we build good trust. This is important as when we think of trust and what it means, we quickly realize it encompasses many things. We use the word “trust” to: Interpret… Read More

What Do You Think?

by Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS In an interview with the New York Times, Bill Marriott, chairman of the Marriott Hotel Group, shared this useful piece of advice.  He explained that as a young officer in the US Navy he was responsible for the stewards who served in the officers’ wardroom.  New to his role, and being… Read More

Leading and Succeeding in Challenging Times

Leaders are faced with the on-going dilemma of maintaining long-term and sustainable profitability, whilst having to meet the short-term gains demanded by investors. Here are a few insights into how you can lead more effectively in these challenging times. Andrew’s Top 8 Insights Change your mindset – instead of looking at the issue of how… Read More

Leveraging Your Weaknesses

“Bad companies are destroyed by the crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them”  – Andy Grove, co-founder of Intel I know the commonly accepted thinking is that to be more successful you need to address and leverage your strengths, not your weaknesses. I have even written an article on this previously.… Read More

Trust “Taxes”, the Costs of a Lack of Trust

Trust taxes are costs that you incur when there is little or no trust. When trust goes down, speed also goes down and cost goes up.  This is a “tax” – and this tax can double the cost of doing business. There are 7 types of “trust taxes”: Redundancy & duplication with smaller spans of control –… Read More