Making 2012 count by asking ‘why’ not ‘what’…

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

Most people I know will have given some thought over the break about what they might want to achieve in the coming year – either personally, professionally or both. For many of us though, we might have made plans in the past only for them to gather dust, metaphorically or literally on our desks, perhaps leaving us with a sense …

Push yourself to peak performance

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

I had a great day yesterday at The Entrepreneurs Circle monthly meet in Ascot with Nigel Botterill.  As well as Nigel’s inspirational morning session, one of the speakers, Terry Gormley, focused on the personal changes you can make to drive yourself to better performance. Given my ‘day job’ developing leadership and management skills with construction consultants and property professionals, he sparked a …

Creating competitive advantage through learning

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

The concept of the ‘learning organisation’, where a business continually strives to learn in order to acheive competitive advantage in it’s market, has been around for some time now and is highly relevant in today’s knowledge economy.  With this in mind, Chaseville recently undertook a study looking at the theory of learning organisations and the practical reality of the concept in …

360 feedback & lessons learnt

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

Having worked with a number of 360 tools over the last few years, my aim here is to share some lessons learnt.  These focus on identifying what you are trying to acheive upfront, ensuring you select the right tool for the job, managing business and individual expectations, remaining led by your desired outcome and working with the individual being rated to ensure …

Developing yourself and others on a tight budget

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

It’s no surprise that learning and development budgets for many organisations are being squeezed ever more tightly.  With this in mind, I know that individuals and managers will be having conversations during the year on how to achieve personal development and growth on a low (or non-existent) budget. Personally, I have a strong belief that the lack of a formal …

How will you inspire your team today?

Sue Willcock Food for Thought

It’s Monday morning and as you enter another working week, you need to inspire your team to perform at their best in the five days ahead.  But where do you start?   Here’s a bite-sized ‘food for thought’ designed to get you thinking as you head to the office this morning. Do you know what motivates the people in your team in …