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Does Your Company Culture Encourage Compliance?

I remember  starting my first job as a young graduate with ICI and spending the first two days reading the safety manual. Of course this was essential reading before starting work in a laboratory, but what I really craved at … Continue reading

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A Question of Influence

People sometimes say “what is the difference between manipulating and influencing?” I don’t like the word “manipulating” it has a ring of something rather underhand and it will leave the other person feeling dissatisfied or cheated. It is really important … Continue reading

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How Should Yann Handle An Aggressive Colleague?

“Yann, you are late with the Phase 2 tests for the Zeus project – why have you let the project slip – its not good enough!”Amanda shouted down the phone. Yann felt a cold lump in the pit of his … Continue reading

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Yann Takes A Coaching Approach

Yann has finished his Leadership Programme and  says to Beth ” It’s made me think about how I manage Pete and Dave. I feel I am not always getting the right reaction from them when I give them work and … Continue reading

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Yann Makes Time to Be a Manager

Yann has been in his new team leader post for several months now and he is feeling overwhelmed by all he has to do. There seem to be so many demands on his time and sometimes he just wishes his … Continue reading

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Can Yann manage his friends?

When Yann was promoted to team leader from within the team, his relationships with people in the team immediately started to change. People who had been his friends and work buddies became his staff. Yann said to Beth, his coach, … Continue reading

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Can Yann overcome his fear of giving feedback?

Yann storms into the room, clenching his fist  and shouts “Amelia, you idiot, you’ve muddled up the labelling of the samples, this means that the whole year’s study will have to be scrapped! What on earth were you doing?” Amelia stands frozen … Continue reading

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Will Yann learn to manage his team?

Yann has been promoted to lead a new team and is struggling with the demands of his new role. He finds it hard to delegate and to ask people, who were his peers, to do tasks. He’s getting stressed, you’ve heard … Continue reading

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Getting the Most From Development Opportunities

Firstly Happy New Year to all our readers! I hope that 2014 with bring you health, happiness and success. My blog this month is about getting the most from development opportunities for yourself and your staff even when you are in a lean … Continue reading

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Handling Difficult Situations in Appraisal

In the best appraisals, the manager and staff member will have an open conversation where they can celebrate the successes of the last year,  address areas where things didn’t go so well, identify areas for development and improvement and agree … Continue reading

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