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/Nigel Walpole Managing difficult conversations

Managing difficult conversations
Monday December 15, 2014

Through my many years of experience running management development programmes, the same topic always presents itself when participants are asked what they found most beneficial. The opportunity to practise difficult conversations.

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/Nigel Walpole Top tips for leaders – part five

Top tips for leaders – part five
Friday December 12, 2014

This is the fifth and final blog in my series listing the top 50 issues a leader has to consider. Leadership is about setting an example, determining a strategy, taking risks and keeping to your values, being influential and being influenced.

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/Shona McFarlane What is Resilience?

What is Resilience?
Tuesday December 9, 2014

Resilience is a word we hear more and more about these days. Only recently, Ed Miliband was quoted in the papers to say, “You need resilience in this job. You need fight. But above all, you need belief in what you are doing.” So what did he mean? What is RESILIENCE?

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/Sarah Wall Mental Toughness and the Taming of Tigers

Mental Toughness and the Taming of Tigers
Monday December 1, 2014

Mental toughness can sometimes sound like the stuff of clichés - the things that your parents say when you're finding life a struggle as a teenager or that crop up occasionally in a pop song or two. 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going' and 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger' are two good examples. Clichés are clichés for a reason though, right? Let's find out...

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/Rachel Matthews What direction are you heading in?

What direction are you heading in?
Wednesday November 26, 2014

“Would you please tell me,” said Alice to the cat, “which way should I go from here?” “That all depends,” said the cat “on where you want to get.” “I don’t much care where,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat.

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/Rachel Matthews What are soft skills and why do you need them?

What are soft skills and why do you need them?
Monday November 24, 2014

Soft skills refer to a range of skills which many people feel are intangible, unmeasurable or “cut and dried”. They are things such as personality traits, communication, personal habits, relationship skills and more. They are perceived to be soft because they find it harder to define, but in my view soft skills are the oil in the engine. They leverage hard skills and help you to get infinitely more results.

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