The Benn Partnership in Rugby – adding value to the community.

The Benn Partnership works within the community to help people of all ages and backgrounds find employment and enhance their skills. They provide a wonderful job club and support from a network of volunteers and add real value locally.They also do a great curry. I am pleased and proud to be associated with this project

For job club members – How to get prepared for an interview

Preparing for a Job Interview – Benn Partnership

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Dealing With Conflict

Conflict is the inevitable output of workplaces that seek to integrate a broad range of skills and backgrounds and when managed poorly can have a negative effect on both the culture and profitability of an organisation. Kenneth Thomas PhD co developer of the Thomas/Kilmann conflict model defines conflict as,

‘the condition in which peoples concerns appear to be incompatible’

and suggests that research has shown that depending on their level within the organisation managers self report that they spend 18-26% of their time dealing with workplace conflicts.

Read the full article at more by following the link

Dealing with Confilict Positvley SLD

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Effective Delegation Slides 24th May 2013

Slides for Rugby Council Delegation_Slides_RBC_24_5_2013

Tips on Making Training Effective

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Trust – The keystone of Leadership

Is Trust on your Leadership Agenda? Research shows that the experiences of many employees before and during the recession have led to a fall in trust for both organisations and their leaders. This is not to say that employees are merely resentful of leadership actions – many understand the business context and the tough decisions that have to be made but feel they are not respected in the way these decisions are delivered. Whilst employers may feel they own the labour market at the moment the erosion of trust and feelings of uncertainty have an impact on a company’s ability to weather the business storm. A lack of trust reduces the company’s capability to solve problems/work collectively and share information openly, the very traits it needs to demonstrate to gain a competitive advantage in tough times and retain talent for times of growth.

See an overview of our workshop Trust – the keystone of Leadership

The Keystone Of Trust

Review a small selection of sample slides from the course

Building Trust

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Auditing and Developing your Team

This presentation to Rugby Council helps leaders understand what they can do to develop groups of people into effective teams.

Team Working Presentation

The presentation focus’s on 7 stages or interventions for the leader and included an example of an auditing process.

Team Audit Criteria Example

There also includes a couple of options for leaders to follow for team development.

Team Development – The Great Training Company

Leadership Activities for Effective Change

For large organisations strategies for change are driven from a corporate or global perspective and require huge effort to redirect resources. This is the realm of large consultancies providing extensive research and coaching services and may take years to develop and implement. The reality of many business environments however is that leaders often need to make smaller process, structural and cultural changes to their teams or business’s without the benefit of combined consultancy best practice and support. For these leaders working with real people at the front line of the business these smaller incremental changes provide a more personal and visible challenge to their leadership skills.

Read the full article Leadership Change Activities

This article aims to identify steps to thinking through and implementing change on a local level although the approach could provide a template for larger process. The focus is on the leader and their people. There is no way this approach can be described as rocket science or groundbreaking however it covers the areas that have contributed to or stalled success over some of the projects I have worked on. It provides more of a thinking template than a tick list.

How to Manage Conflict Positively

When leaders talk of conflict they usually position it in negative terms with the goal being to minimise the repercussions rather than manage the process. Unless autocratic leaders or aggressive individuals always make the best decisions then this has to be viewed as a mistake. Respectful conflict management can lead to better decisions that have the engagement of all parties and be a route to better relationships and broader modes of thinking.

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Dealing with Conflict Positively

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How to Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format that has gained popularity as a leisure activity all over the world but it can be used in business for concise and clear presentations. I think the benefit would be the effective use of time as on most presentations slots it would leave plenty of time for questions where you can often make the most impact. This might be great for sales presentations.

I’ve done an example  here is the link


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Thinking about Strategy

A very interesting book by Richard Whittington of the Said Business School in Oxford. Not meant as a review but i used a few of these slides on a presentation.

Thinking about Strategy

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