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How to Coach More and Manage Less

It is no different on a sports field than in the office, or wherever you work place happens to be. When you encounter a team mate who is struggling, or even someone who is doing well but not performing at peak potential, you stand a far better chance of helping them succeed if you wear your coach hat into the conversation. In this article, you will find Harold's five tips that will help you be a better coach at work.

  • Date: 09/08/2016
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Five Reasons to Find a Strong Mentor

The term 'mentor' is age-old. Most successful leaders - in sport, business and politics - have worked with a mentor. Even if the relationship has not been formally described as such, there is usually that bond which is based on a strong mutual respect. In this article you will find the 5 reasons to find a work mentor and tips on how to find one.

  • Date: 28/06/2016
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Trump brings a new low to team dysfunction

If there's ever a time when real leadership makes a difference, it's when the team is pushing through adversity, and certainly when it feels under attack. That would be the mind-set that many Americans awoke to hours after the horrific mass murder at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Trump's challenge, and inevitable failure at leadership, is that his mental frame for 'team' is a lot narrower than what reflects the shifting psyche of America.

  • Date: 28/06/2016
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'No' doesn't have to be a bad word at work.

How many excuses have you invented to avoid saying that two-letter word? Many people struggle to say 'no' at work, all the while knowing that they will create more stress and havoc for themselves down the road. We've all been there. Read on for the 6 most popular excuses for not saying no and how to break the habit.

  • Date: 15/04/2016
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Don't Become the Team Cynic

In this article, Harold explains the difference between scepticism and cynicism, delves deeper into the 5 signs of a cynic and gives insight into how to convert one.

  • Date: 05/04/2016
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How to Tell if You're on a Dysfunctional Team

The article outlines the seven symptoms of dysfunction. What qualifies as dysfunctional? If your team is working harder than it needs to, and is not getting the results that match its potential, it's highly likely that you will know these seven symptoms.

  • Date: 22/03/2016
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Are you your own worst critic?

It's not uncommon for people who step into a bigger role at work to feel like an impostor until they get their footing.

But for some people, the inability to back themselves is a bit more pervasive......and can have negative impact on how their careers progress, even to the point of derailment.

  • Date: 15/03/2016
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The Four Essentials Required to Love Your Job

For so many reasons, it's important that you like your job. If you work full-time, that means that you probably currently spend the majority of your life at work. When you add up all the physical and mental hours that you spend focused on work each week - evenings and weekends included - that factors in huge as to whether you're getting much enjoyment out of life.

  • Date: 10/03/2016
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Six Signs of a Control Freak

If you're a manager and your team thinks that you're a control freak, it probably means that you hover way too closely over them when you're under stress.

  • Date: 01/03/2016
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Don't Be a Back Seat Driver on Your Own Career Path

In the ongoing war for the best talent, companies are starting to recognise that career management is a two-way proposition. The company definitely will have its views on where you can contribute best. But you will also have some views on what roles will best tap your natural talents or aptitude, or where you believe you can make the biggest impact. Even if you aren't prepared to take the wheel yet, at least move to the front seat where you have a better vantage on the options that lie ahead for you.

  • Date: 17/02/2016
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Are You a Good Listener?

Have you ever walked away from a conversation wondering how it could have turned out so badly? You started with the best intentions. To listen. And then everything seemed to unravel. Worst yet, you later learn that you have a reputation as a poor listener. There's an important distinction between hearing and listening. Harold Hillman shares the six ways to listen that will make you a better co-worker.

  • Date: 27/01/2016
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How Vulnerable Should You Be As A Leader?

With the increased focus on emotional intelligence, leaders have been encouraged to show their vulnerable side. But can showing vulnerability actually work against you? We used to be selected and promoted largely on the basis of 'what you know,' which reflected a heavy emphasis on intellectual smarts in the business world...

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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How To Be More Persuasive At Work

Aristotle's three proofs of rhetoric, or persuasion, are still relevant in today's business world, perhaps more than ever. If you can't influence others to change or adopt a view, then you'll struggle as a leader. Effective leaders are persuasive and they work hard at it, just the way Aristotle suggested leaders do some 2300 years ago. Aristotle's three proofs of persuasion are...

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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Five Common Mistakes of the New Manager

With the best of intentions, first time managers are still prone to make some common mistakes that are best regarded as 'growing pains.' There's just something about being appointed as a first-time manager or team leader that will often trigger a self-imposed pressure to be this perfect leader!

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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Without Self-Awareness, You're Going to Struggle

People with low self-awareness will often blame others first, rather than going inward to ask whether there's something they need to do differently. If you're trying to be a better leader, or a better team-mate, it all starts with knowing yourself first. Self-awareness is the knowledge you have about...

  • Date: 15/01/2016
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