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What is the most valuable asset of YOUR company?

Recently I was at a speaking engagement in Austria with The Marketing Academy and, amongst others, there was a really fascinating and profoundly inspirational speaker – John M Neill, Chairman and CEO of Unipart.  I consider that one of the most important things he said out of the whole hour was when he pulled his [...]

By | November 29th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

Management to Leadership – is it really necessary?

I read with interest the article in HR Magazine by John Adair suggesting that organisations need to become more leadership centered and I just could not agree more and, in working with our clients can truly prove the truth of this.  To become more successful I believe it to be critical and leaders need to [...]

By | November 22nd, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

How to be successful in your first management position – the DVD!

Penny Ferguson on the new Management DVD launch Have you ever been expected to become a manager overnight? Or worse – have you ever expected an employee to become a manager overnight? They leave work on Friday being your best sales guy, and you expect them to come back on Monday as your [...]

By | November 15th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

A Manager for the first time?

                Recently I was working with a lovely team of people, some of whom had been in management positions for a considerable amount of years.  They started by going through our three day programmer which, for want of a better description, lets call ‘Common Sense Leadership’.  Now these [...]

By | October 28th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

Confidence – a myth or a choice?

Earlier this week I had a speaking engagement – a short one.  Well, meant to be 30 minutes but because of an over-run from the speaker before me ended up as 22 minutes!  Had I been in a position where I was using slides and timed myself to that structure I could have been in [...]

By | October 25th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

Manager or Leader – which is best?

The other day someone asked me if I thought management was bad and leadership good and that was a bit of a wake-up call for me – was I getting a message across in a way that inadvertently was suggesting this to be the case.  So – I think I had better put the record [...]

By | October 16th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

Motivation – from me or you?

Today has been an interesting day with one small part of it challenging me and, as always, giving me yet another learning opportunity!  As any of you who read my blogs or have worked with me over the years know, I am a bit of a dog nutter – well, probably more than a bit!  [...]

By | October 11th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

Having your attention in the right place can make a real impact

So often when we really want to help people become the best they can be we focus on the least helpful place – we focus on what they are doing wrong and suggest ways that they may like to improve.  We are putting all their attention on where they are under-performing. Let me give you [...]

By | September 27th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

What Does It Mean To Be A Living Leader

Blog written by Maurice Whelan of Unleash Potential and reproduced here with his kind permission. Some years ago I attended a training course given by Penny Ferguson to the organisation I worked in.  Penny is a forthright presenter with very strong views about leadership. I thought it would be useful to review Penny’s bookThe Living [...]

By | September 27th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments

Beliefs that drive Behaviours

'Beliefs and Behaviours' was covered at the Insights on Leadership day ‘Beliefs and Behaviors’ was covered at the Insights on Leadership day ‘Beliefs driving behaviours’ is something that I come back to again and again, as it is so important to understand.  It was a very long time into my life before I [...]

By | September 17th, 2013|Archive|0 Comments