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Short, sharp leadership advice for leaders and managers who care about the performance and job satisfaction of their teams.

Short, sharp leadership advice for leaders and managers who care about the performance and job satisfaction of their teams.
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Short, sharp leadership advice for leaders and managers who care about the performance and job satisfaction of their teams.




The Power of Pushing Back

I find pushing back to be an underrated skill. Pushing back means sometimes, you need to say "No" to people who try to burden you with too much work, or tasks that are not even yours to do. This might be your boss, or other colleagues. It's not easy, but if you continuously say "Yes" to everything that comes your way, you are heading for burnout, and so is your team. In this episode, Ben discusses the power of pushing back as a tool to help leaders do their best work. Resources Mentioned...


The 70-20-10 Model for Learning

Sometimes, it feels as if we're still stuck in the mindset that we need to do a training course to learn anything. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this episode, Ben discusses the benefits of the 70-20-10 model for learning and development, and how you can start applying it to your team.


Too Busy to Lead Effectively

I see it often today - leaders are too busy in meetings and stuck working on other people's priorities to actually fulfil their leadership roles effectively. But I would ask the question... if you're too busy, then what are the things that aren't being done? In this episode, Ben talks about the "busyness mindset" and how being too busy stops you from being effective in your leadership role, as well as some ways to try to overcome it.


Why Leadership Matters

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our leadership roles, we start to wonder what we're doing. It's easy to lose sight of why our roles matter and how we're adding value as leaders. So in this episode, I wanted to take a step back and look at 5 reasons why I think leaders are so important in the workplace.


Reducing Key Person Risk in Your Team

Do you ever rely on a single person for important tasks in your team? What happens if they aren't able to attend work, or happen to resign unexpectedly? In this episode, Ben talks about the possible risks and some possible ways to address this in your team.


Being Resilient in the Workplace

Resilience is a great quality to have for overcoming short to medium term challenges. But it's also something that I believe can be used as a "cop out". When organisation provide their employees with resilience training to help them become more resilient, are they really saying "We need you to be able to put up with our rubbish better"?


Leadership Weaknesses

It can be uncomfortable to acknowledge your leadership weaknesses and limitations. However, when you do realise what they are, they can be an important tool to use to improve the way your team functions. Learn more about how to turn your leadership weaknesses into team strengths!


Struggling at Work? Improve Your Working Relationship With Your Boss

When you first get your leadership role, it seems like you'll have a lot of power to make changes and really get things done. But in reality, there is one thing that might stop you - the relationship you have with your boss. If you're struggling at work, it's time to get your boss on your side. It will make you life easier and give you far more autonomy. Let's look at some ways to do this!


A Leader's Greatest Tool - The Confidence to Challenge

The most effective leaders are those who aren't afraid to say "No" and to push back against unreasonable demands. The least effective are those that cave in to pressure and let people walk all over them! Learn some ways to help you build the confidence to push back and challenge at work when things aren't quite right. In this episode, I mention the book "Giving Voice to Values". If you're interested in reading it, you can go here:...


Managing Experienced People

Managing junior team members is one thing, but leading experienced people is another. Learn some of the ways of leading experienced people that will get the best results.


Getting Team Members to Contribute Ideas

Sometimes it's your quieter team members that may have the bright ideas...but you'll never know about them because they won't tell you! Learn about some of the reasons why this might happen and how you can improve the situation and see improvements in your team.


Staying Motivated, Even When You Don't Feel Like It

Sometimes, I'll wake up not feeling so great about going to work. The problem is, leaders are sometimes expected to be the shining figurehead who motivate their teams every day. In this episode, I discuss some techniques to keep things moving along, even when you don't feel motivated.


Meetings: Good or Bad?

Meetings at work are often criticised as being a "waste of time". But is that always the case? Ben discusses meetings at work and how you can improve your meetings to make them more useful, without getting rid of them altogether.


Conflict Avoidance

Leaders who avoid conflict set themselves up for failure. In this episode, Ben discusses the problems with conflict avoidance and how you can start to reframe conflict in different ways to help yourself push forward, even if you don't enjoy confrontation!


Improving Collaboration

Collaboration is a necessary part of success in any workplace. Without it, progress is slow, conflict is high and job satisfaction suffers. In this episode, Ben discusses some ways that leader can improve collaboration in the workplace. After all, why can't we all just get along?