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How to Perform Under Pressure

Practice makes perfect, or so they say. However, this statement can only be considered true if you are practicing in the right way. In order to learn how to perform under real pressure, regular practice that is undertaken should simulate the stressors that will exist when the team is faced with actual reality.  Despite this [...]

How to Perform Under Pressure2020-01-30T21:02:29+00:00

Positively Impacting on Sports Performance

Nowhere else is there such an emphasis on performance than the world of sports. Here, I provide some useful tips for all teams regardless of the particular sport that they are involved in.  Let me know how you get on! Firstly, it is absolutely essential to define what we actually mean by 'success'. The rationale [...]

Positively Impacting on Sports Performance2019-12-12T11:47:09+00:00

Looking for 2020 Vision?

All too often we set off into the new year with a list of goals that are long forgotten by the time March rolls around. Lets make 2020 a little different by setting goals that actually mean something to you! Begin by considering what an ideal year might look like. If absolutely anything was possible [...]

Looking for 2020 Vision?2019-12-12T11:24:39+00:00

Leadership & Internal Commitment

Leaders are oftentimes focused exclusively on organisational objectives and performance. However, what many fail to understand is that both the attainment of these objectives and performance are reliant on genuine internal commitment. External performance is a reflection of internal commitment. The challenge for leaders therefore is to foster environments where internal commitment is encouraged and [...]

Leadership & Internal Commitment2019-11-08T10:54:44+00:00

Team Performance & the Dangers of Inaction

If your team is operating exactly the same way that it did three to five years ago then there is a problem and a significant one at that. Yes, contemplating change can sometimes feel a little risky and the apparent certainty of maintaining the status quo at first glance appears all too appealing. It is [...]

Team Performance & the Dangers of Inaction2019-11-08T10:57:50+00:00

Team Meeting Tips that Drive Performance

How has your experience of team meetings been?  Good, bad or somewhere in between? We have all unfortunately sat through meetings that seemed as if they would never end! Hopefully, you have also had more positive experiences, where people came together with a common goal and left the meeting room with greater focus and motivation [...]

Team Meeting Tips that Drive Performance2019-11-08T10:39:30+00:00

Turning your team from ordinary to extraordinary

High performance teams are obsessive about continuous improvement. Of course they achieve great results, but those positive outcomes are a by-product of their striving to do everyday things better again and again with a high level of consistency. They truly understand that complacency destroys excellence and therefore purposefully place themselves in stressful situations to practice [...]

Turning your team from ordinary to extraordinary2019-09-29T08:18:55+00:00

Leadership: 10 Lessons in Delegation

With the ever increasing pace and complexity of work, today's leaders have come to realise that they cannot 'do it all themselves'. More than ever it is necessary to surround oneself with a diverse, skilled and highly motivated team that can support and assist in completing objectives. Here, I provide ten necessary steps for effective [...]

Leadership: 10 Lessons in Delegation2019-09-08T16:57:52+00:00

Three Pillars of Leadership Communication

Communication can either make or break a leader.  Here I provide three pillars of communication for effective high performance leadership. Listening is a priority Truly listening demonstrates that you value the opinion of others at all organisational levels and this will encourage others to contribute more readily. Listening will build trust amongst teams which is [...]

Three Pillars of Leadership Communication2019-09-15T05:16:34+00:00

Why you need to Change your Management Approach

So, what is a coaching approach to management? Today, employees look for managers that empower and enable them to generate their own solutions.  Someone who is genuinely interested, wanting to see them develop and grow.  With a coaching approach to management this becomes the reality rather than simply an ideal.  Coaching approaches empower staff to [...]

Why you need to Change your Management Approach2019-09-08T06:46:38+00:00