World of Learning special star guest

Leadership isn’t just about issuing instructions or making demands– it’s as much about leading by example, offering support and guidance, as it is about financial success.  Great leaders use a wealth of skills, experience and understanding to guide their teams to success. October 16th sees ASK’s attendance at the World of Learning event at NEC … Continue reading “World of Learning special star guest”

Can a leader win back respect?

This week the UK has a visitor – and the response to his arrival has been…mixed. Can a leader who has lost the respect of those he leads ever win it back?

This week the UK has a visitor – and the response to his arrival has been…mixed. Can a leader who has lost the respect of those he leads ever win it back?

How to avoid being a bossy boss

Are you a natural leader, one your team happily follow to success, or is your position maintained by constant reminders that you’re in charge? A bossy boss – one who demands they are treated with authority – is never in a position of strength. The sole focus of a bossy boss is ‘I’ – the … Continue reading “How to avoid being a bossy boss”

Networks, not circles: Social #HR

Somehow, I can’t bring myself to agree that the intention of the idea of ‘the hive mind’ was for someone to be the Queen Bee while the workers disseminate their wisdom for them in a constant low drone …

Somehow, I can’t bring myself to agree that the intention of the idea of ‘the hive mind’ was for someone to be the Queen Bee while the workers disseminate their wisdom for them in a constant low drone …

Defining Courage

Courage isn’t just about bravery and derring-do. It also includes holding yourself accountable, encouraging pushback and seeking out feedback – including negative feedback – on your own behaviours and actions: taking the personally rough with the personally smooth. To quote Hemingway, “Courage is grace under pressure.”

Courage isn’t just about bravery and derring-do. It also includes holding yourself accountable, encouraging pushback and seeking out feedback – including negative feedback – on your own behaviours and actions: taking the personally rough with the personally smooth. To quote Hemingway, “Courage is grace under pressure.”

Don’t create statements, ask questions

A question invites a response in ways that a statement simply cannot. And if a statement is a description of an unsatisfactory state of affairs, something that moves us towards tackling it is definitely a first step. Statements may make diagnoses, but getting a diagnosis doesn’t cure the patient. Questions can help us dig below symptoms. Help us realise that not banging our head on the wall is a better step forward then taking painkillers.

A question invites a response in ways that a statement simply cannot. And if a statement is a description of an unsatisfactory state of affairs, something that moves us towards tackling it is definitely a first step. Statements may make diagnoses, but getting a diagnosis doesn’t cure the patient. Questions can help us dig below symptoms. Help us realise that not banging our head on the wall is a better step forward then taking painkillers.