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The voice of experience: skills-development and business-strategy articles and resources, from the minds behind Skills Shift.

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Leading When You're Not the Boss

by Philippa Thomas Leadership

Any group of people who wants to achieve anything has need of a leader. And anyone can be that leader, even when they’re not the boss!


Helping Managers Develop Themselves

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

How to help managers develop themselves, rather than just rely on formal training


Do One Thing Today: Build Your Network

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

Intelligent professional networking can be of so much benefit, to the quality of our work, our career and reputations as managers


Do One Thing Today: Manage a Monkey

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

Monkeys are: issues, problems, tasks, queries, decisions to be made or advice needed. When you encourage employees to handle their own monkeys, they acquire new skills, initiative and ownership and you liberate time to do your own job.


Do One Thing Today: Coach Someone

by Philippa Thomas Developing Others

Coaching by managers is probably the most effective way to build employees’ engagement and skills.


Do One Thing Today: Notice the Small Wins

by Philippa Thomas Developing Others

Achieving and recognising regular small wins helps your people have rich, engaged, and productive work lives.


Do One Thing Today: Be Aware of Your Thoughts

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

If you do just one thing today to develop yourself as a manager, make it becoming aware of your thoughts


5 Minutes with Our Founder - Philippa

by Emma Bond Management Development

For our third 'Five Minutes with.....' feature, we sat down with Philippa Thomas, our founder to find out (amongst other things) what inspired her to start the company.