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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: 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


How to Have Courageous Conversations - Part 3

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

You need more than ‘guts’ to tackle difficult conversations, you need tools. Tool #3 is Questioning.


How to Have Courageous Conversations - Part 2

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

You need more than ‘guts’ to tackle difficult conversations, you need tools. Tool #2 is Active Listening.


How to Have Courageous Conversations - Part 1

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

You need more than ‘guts’ to tackle difficult conversations at work, you need tools. Tool #1 is understanding the personality you're dealing with.


Beating the time bandits: making time to manage

by Philippa Thomas Developing yourself

If there’s one thing that’s harder to manage than people, it’s time. Finding a process to capitalise on every moment, while working out what to do first, takes discipline – and focus, to eliminate the time bandits.