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November 2014

Tips for Supervisors & Managers - Explaining difficult decisions & news

Earlier in the year I attended a function held at a hospice.  I was impressed by the staff that I spoke to, for they are dealing with an actuality that is often avoided, yet in describing their role presented an atmosphere of consideration, care and warmth while taking a sensitive but pragmatic approach.

There are many roles that require people to deal with sensitive and difficult matters which evoke heightened emotions:  Leaders often have the difficult task of taking and communicating tough and unpopular choices.

Feedback: Supporting people and the organisation

It was reported on ITV News Central (14.11.14) that international students had rated their experience at the University of Nottingham as Outstanding and that the university was only one of five universities in the country to receive the higher rating. Earlier in the year I enjoyed the opportunity to be part of a team working at the University of Nottingham with a very large cohort of Under Graduate and Post Graduate international students from Shanghai, China in the delivery of management development and so I felt really pleased to hear the news about

Business, Management & the Cycle of the Seasons

Running a 5k through a country park a week or so ago I was struck by the spectacular display of autumnal trees in the afternoon sunshine. Absentmindedly I began to think about how many metaphors used in the workplace are analogous with the cycle of nature and trees. For example phrases like:'Bear fruit', 'Branch out', 'Put down roots', 'Low hanging fruit,' 'Get rid of dead wood' and 'Root and branch review'.

A few days later while buying an early Christmas present I was again minded to think about of the cycle of the year and got to thinking how the processes of business, management and organisational workforce planning and development like life, are frequently arranged in a cyclical fashion.