How to develop your technical trainee brilliantly…and still have time for your day job.

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

As an experienced professional, often your role will involve sharing your knowledge with those less experienced than you. This may be to help someone formally with their Professional exams or supporting them via a structured programme (e.g. a via a Graduate or Apprentice scheme).   But, with the demands on your time from clients and projects, often helping them develop just has to …

Is your environment stifling your performance?

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

All too often, I meet technical experts who don’t look beyond their office to create an environment conducive to working at their best. Going “back to the office” after a meeting or even having an office style environment at home is often still considered the norm as an effective place to work. Clearly, offices have many benefits – they can be a hub …

Change your working relationships forever with this conversation.

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

Having studied for years for an MBA, it’s slightly ironic that one of the most enlightening career conversations for me took place in a pub in Kings Cross, London when a new soon-to-be boss sat down over a glass of wine and told me what his expectations were of me. I was already in a middle management position so was expecting a conversation around …

Being overlooked for promotion? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself.

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

I was once told by a CEO at a successful construction consultancy that the best way for someone to succeed in his business was for them to “make sure they were in people’s minds when something needs doing“.   In saying this, he was essentially acknowledging the psychology of human nature which dictates we all naturally want to work with people we like, and who we …

Whose career is it anyway?

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

Years ago I was pondering over a big life decision that I needed to make around my job and where I lived as a result. It was a hard decision – I asked friends their opinion, sought advice from family and, well, anyone who would listen, to be honest. I think even a visiting dog had its ear bent one …

Leadership Lessons from The Behaviour Expert

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

I am currently leading a development programme for some 200 Team Leaders and this week saw us host one of our “Inspire” events for some 30 of the group.  These events are designed as session to give delegates something a little different to cogitate and (importantly for everything we do) be fun, engaging and practical so it can be applied …

The 5 key people challenges in property and construction (and the questions to ask yourself to stop them affecting your business)

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

As a result of working with contractors, developers and construction consultants, I can see broad ‘people development’ themes which emerge as a cause of decreased efficiency which, regardless of market conditions, hit the bottom line. Not all of these will apply to every organisation, but the themes I’ve seen across different types of organisations within the sector see can be summarised …

How to…prioritise stuff

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

I’ve used this matrix countless times to help me, my teams and clients focus on what really matters. As an example, you could use this: To clear your mind of ‘noise’ and explore what should be a focus for you/your business/your team/project In a brainstorming session to re-prioritise activity if business direction has recently changed. With a team, to agree what’s …

Maximise effectivess by focusing on outcomes

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

I wonder how many of us are focused on the practicalities of our task lists today, as opposed to how we might approach our ‘to do’ lists differently to achieve the same outcomes, both personally and for our customers or clients. If we define an outcome as ‘something that follows from an action, or situation; result; consequence’, what is it that …