Damp Ink

Thoughts, as they occur, on business, work, learning and stuff - not necessarily fully chewed over…

When The Management Policy Is “Don’t Come To Me …

… with your problems; come with your solutions.” I hear this style of management quoted often as being great practice; after all, a manager’s job is to coach. And I would like to raise an alarm bell. If someone is drowning, they need you to throw a line, or even jump in with them. They […]

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Devoting Resources and Supporting Parents – Living in a Neolithic Village

Chapter Two – Supporting Parents For The Future (You can read part one here.) The Context – Protecting Resources The village needed a number of important resources to survive, including food, water and people. Without protecting these resources, such as supporting parents to have children, they would all perish.  The water source was drying up […]

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Management or Leadership Development?

What’s best, management or leadership development? Where should I put my energies? Good leaders are really important. They give an organisation drive, focus, spirit and hope. But good leadership can’t make up for poor management. If the boss is terrific at cheering on the team, but incapable of dealing with an individual’s poor performance, then […]

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Taking Risks To Grow – What Can We Learn From A Hermit Crab?

I absolutely love hermit crabs; I have since childhood.  They are so intriguing and they have a lot to teach us about taking risks in order to grow. A Hermit Crab’s Life Unlike other crustaceans, Hermit Crabs don’t grow their own shells when it is time to expand. Instead, they take up lodgings in a […]

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The Best Development; is it Reactive or Proactive?

There was a really interesting discussion on Twitter on the morning of Friday 5th Jan under the handle #LDInsight.*  We were discussing up skilling. One of the threads was about proactive versus reactive development and learning.  What has the most impact? It got me thinking about the management development that I am most happy delivering. […]

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PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks to help you look elegant. PowerPoint Tips Put the audience first; what do they need and what will help them? Be certain about your desired outcome before you start designing slides. Read from your notes or laptop, never from the screen. Preferably don’t use notes at all; you know your stuff. […]

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And Breathe; take care of yourself

It’s important to take good care of ourselves. If we have learned nothing else from Covid19 we have learned that. Surely. Haven’t we? Trouble is, when you are feeling under it, covered in metaphorical seaweed, you don’t necessarily have the strength. This is not going to be a top ten list of self care hints […]

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A Good Manager Asks The Target For Feedback

How does a good manager know that they are? Imagine you were an archer. You fire your arrow and you get feedback immediately; either you hit the target or you don’t. You can adjust your technique and get instant feedback on those adjustments. In time you become better and better as an archer. Suppose that […]

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Help Your Team Find Some Solid Ground

Many businesses are going through a period of great change where the solid ground is frankly now a bit wobbly: some are thriving many are having to adapt business models to provide very different services and some are doing the same thing but in quite different ways What is true for all of these scenarios […]

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What To Do When You Are Feeling Anxious About Work

This is the second part of an e-mail that I sent to my friend who was feeling very anxious about work.  She thought she was being pushed out and abandoned. Maybe she was being paranoid, or maybe she wasn’t. The first part of the email, introducing David Rock’s SCARF model is here. This then, is […]

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