Executive Coaching

Project ME! 2017

What is it that you want to change for yourself this year?  What are your targets and goals for your development that you want to put in place? Change isn’t easy, and it’s rarely fast.  The initial decision to change can be fast – can be overnight.  Something happens, someone says ...

A Career Promise

We often make promises to people, and pride ourselves in keeping those promises.  But there is often one promise that ends up being put to the bottom of the list, or even forgotten about completely, and that’s the promise to ourselves to develop our own career. “I’m in a good enough ...

The Time To Innovate Is Now

All industries look to innovate in order to ensure they can respond quickly enough to customer demands.  Problems often arise if there’s a lack of speed in innovation.  And some leaders are concerned that few individuals within the organisation will take the initiative or are incapable of looking for creative ...

Support For The Top Performers

As busy leaders in today’s environments, how should time by divided most appropriately to provide the support that will make a real difference to the team? Usually, when asked whether you should spend more time on your top performers (10%), middle performers (80%) or poor performers (10%), managers will often opt ...

I Can’t Possibly Be Wrong!

There's not much we like about being wrong.   And unfortunately, it’s human nature that once we’ve taken a position, we would rather stick to our guns than admit we could be wrong (even to ourselves). Think about a heated meeting you've been in recently.  Did you try to defend your ...

Negative Beliefs Hindering Leadership

Beliefs are those things that you’ve decide are true for you, whether positive or negative.  Confidence in our abilities often comes down to what we believe about ourselves, even though we’re often not consciously aware of what these are. Normally, when we believe we can do something (let’s take as ...

I’m Not The Creative Type

I’ve lost count of the number of people who have told me that they’re not creative.  Unfortunately, until a few years ago, that included me! My belief was set in stone for me when I joined a management consultancy (as one of my first full time jobs, many years ago).  The ...

Is Coaching For Me?

Have you wondered whether executive coaching is for you?  Unsure what the procedure would be, and therefore feel uncertain about getting involved?  Well, hopefully the below will help. Coaching from Assiem Ltd is tailormade, uses your real-life situations to implement what you learn and provides a supportive and confidential environment in ...

Pressure Limits for Leaders

Do you sometimes feel that you’re drowning in expectation (from your manager, team, peers, family, friends, or even yourself) – trying to do all that is required of you in terms of managing the day to day, taking on new projects and initiatives, and being creative enough to take your ...

Why You May Have Stopped Listening

Have you been in meetings where half the attendees are on their mobiles/laptops answering queries, where managers impatiently talk over others or can’t wait for someone to finish so that they can put their point across?  Most managers know they need to listen and could probably accept that they don’t ...

Was My Way The Best Way?

I was in my dance lesson the other day and we were going over the tiniest aspects of a particular step. We analysed all aspects of this one move, in the greatest of detail – for 50 minutes!  I realised that for years I’ve been doing the same move in ...

Leaders Are Responsible for Their Development Too

Over the years, Leadership Development programmes have cost organisations dearly.  Companies can be providing  their leaders with the tools, but more often than not, nothing much changes in the day-to-day results.  As with the old proverb “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”, you ...

I Know What You’re Thinking!

Whenever I’m discussing communication skills with managers, I often find myself challenging them on their assumptions about what other people (peers, manager, team members) might be thinking in specific situations. “How do you know?”  How do you know what they are thinking, if you haven’t asked them?  If you’ve not asked ...

Are you Suffering from Decision Fatigue?

Think about when you’ve had a very busy day at work, you’ve made lots of decisions on strategy, resources, management issues, budgets etc.  When you get home you are faced with even more decisions to make regarding the family, what to eat, where you might go on holiday, activities with the ...

Is It Safe Enough to Take Risks?

Have you been told that you don’t take enough risks when coming up with new ideas?  Or you need to look beyond the day to day and find new and innovative ways to take the team/business forward?  Or you need to do more on building and leading new strategies? Additionally, as ...

The Power Shift Away from Carrot and Stick

The biggest challenge for leaders of today is the shift in power away from a command and control, carrot and stick management, to an understanding that their focus needs to be on others.  As organisations grow and develop over the next few years, leaders will benefit from concentrating on empowering, ...

Negotiation: A Checklist For Lasting Results

  A major conflict between departments can cause considerable delay to organisational success and stress for those involved.  A recent discussion I had was regarding a stand-off between a client’s Sales and Operations departments.  Sales were concerned that the Operations department were hampering their ability to win new clients with strict processing rules, ...

Leadership: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

When it comes to the important things in your life, you don’t want to have to learn how to do them alone.  For instance, how would you feel if you were handed a manual and told that you were going to be driving in a city for the first time ...

Spotting Those Who Manage Up Too Well

As a leader, can you spot those around you who are just telling you want you want to hear?  Those who may be “spinning” you one line, but causing havoc and conflict with other team members or departments around you? Many of us will have experienced seeing someone manage up very ...

Assessing Your Team to Get Results

Want to get the best out of your team, but feel that you haven’t got the time to do it?  Your workload may well already be stressful enough, with targets and demands from senior executives.  I can certainly relate to that sentiment, as I often found myself “managing” during the ...

I Definitely Need More Stress In My Job!

Only joking!!  We know that most people think they don’t need more stress, they need less.  But do you know the level of stress that ensures you’re at your optimum performance level?   Or could you be someone who believes that you have to be anxious and worried about all eventualities ...

More Women on the Board: Short, Medium and Long Term Plans

I was asked the other day what I would do to get more women on the board of today’s organisations.  From the Women on Boards Annual Progress Report, as of March 2013, the FTSE 100 figures show: Women now account for 17.3% of all directorships, up from 10.5% in 2010. Women account ...

Make Training and Coaching Worth The Investment

The other day I was asked to provide my thoughts on what makes the best coaching workshop or 1-2-1 sessions.  Interesting question, but one it didn’t take me too long to answer, as this is something I’m passionate about.  Coaching is successful when I can see those who are attending ...

Who Should You be Concentrating Your Coaching On?

Many organisations have now started to implement coaching programmes, whether that’s using internal or external resources.  The sporting arena has thought of coaches as essential for many years (and our 2012 Olympic success brought that to the fore) but until recently the business arena has been slower to understand and ...

Have you Lost your Leadership Mojo?

During my management career, I went through many a time where I thought I couldn’t be a good manager, didn’t enjoy it, or felt that I had made too many mistakes.  At one time, we had a new boss join our established team, who not only didn’t understand anyone who ...

Supporting Our Leaders From The Top

Being a manager and leader today can be a very difficult job.  Surveys and reports are demonstrating that the number one impact on employee motivation and engagement is down to the abilities and skills of the leader they are reporting to.  Work related stress, the main cause of sickness ...

The Confidence to Succeed in Leadership

Self confidence is important in all aspects of our lives, and especially in our leadership role.  But it’s something that many people struggle to obtain, and without it being successful is a lot more difficult. For instance, someone who stands with their head held high, speaks clearly, answers questions with ...

9 Ways to Spot a Leader who Lacks Confidence

Confidence doesn’t seem to be something that gets discussed a lot when it comes to leadership.  But you may have noticed certain behaviours in a leader and not realised that that behaviour is actually down to a severe lack of confidence. One such leader joined an established team and rather than ...

Build Confidence In Your Leadership Skills

Being a leader can be a very fulfilling role.  Seeing employees achieve great successes, learn new skills, develop new behaviours and take on leadership roles of their own provides a very satisfying feeling to those who have been part of that development. However, at times, it can seem very overwhelming. Do ...

Knowing Me, Knowing You – Leadership Skills

Do you sometimes reflect back and wonder why your career isn’t progressing in the way you had hoped or planned, and you’re not sure how to change things? Or you may feel that you’re drowning in expectation (from your boss, team, peers, family, friends, or even yourself) – trying to do ...