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    How To Handle Unexpected Emotional Responses When Giving Feedback

How To Handle Unexpected Emotional Responses When Giving Feedback

By |August 29th, 2017|

In a previous article, we explored why so many managers avoid giving feedback. For many managers giving feedback becomes stressful and consequently, some individuals consciously choose to avoid giving feedback; not ideal especially when it can truly help an individual improve their performance.

One of the main reasons managers say they delay giving ‘constructive’, or developmental feedback, as we prefer to call it at Excel Communications, is because they don’t […]

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The 6 Uncomfortable Reasons Managers Avoid Giving Feedback

By |August 29th, 2017|

It’s been the topic of conversation on many an evening over a glass of wine with our training team over the years. Why do so many managers avoid giving feedback?

In our experience, the reasons are not so different today as they were 10 years ago.  

While it’s relatively easy for managers, even the less experienced ones, to identify areas for performance improvement, doing something about this […]

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    Employee Wellness Or Wellbeing: What The Difference Could Mean For Your Organisation

Employee Wellness Or Wellbeing: What The Difference Could Mean For Your Organisation

By |August 17th, 2017|

There’s no doubt that Employee Wellness and Employee Wellbeing is a much talked about topic
within organisations.  

What I’ve noticed, the more I’ve explored this topic is that the words ‘wellness’ and ‘wellbeing’ are used interchangeably, a little like coaching and mentoring which some people see as the same yet they are entirely different.

I thought I’d take a closer look to explore what they each mean and what the implications are […]

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Mentoring vs Sponsorship: Do You Have One or Both?

By |August 17th, 2017|

In the past, I have often been asked about the differences between coaching and mentoring
and discussed this in a previous article. More recently my colleagues and I have found ourselves having conversations about ‘sponsors’ with questions such as;

What’s a sponsor? 

What’s the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?

Do I need one, or both?

While the concept of […]

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    The Six Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team Part 2

The Six Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team Part 2

By |July 19th, 2017|

In our previous article we started to explore the strategies to effectively manage a virtual team, here are the final 3 strategies. 

 
4. Appreciate The Challenges
Like any team, a virtual team will have its challenges, and these can be compounded by the ‘virtual’ nature of their work. While it can be easy to overlook these, especially when there are so many pressing business priorities, you […]

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    The 6 Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team- Part 1

The 6 Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team- Part 1

By |July 19th, 2017|

It’s a fact that many of us regard ourselves as global citizens. Now you may agree or disagree with this view. However, there is no doubt we are living in a world where companies are continuing to expand globally. As a result, it is increasingly common for teams to find themselves working with colleagues and managers who are based in offices many miles away; often in different time zones.

While […]

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Are You Surviving or Thriving as a Leader?

By |June 1st, 2017|

You may have come across leadership articles and blogs with a title along similar lines to the above and discovered a thing or two about;

Your strengths as a leader,
The fact that you still have too many fingers in too many pies,
You really do need to delegate more,
You aren’t quite enjoying what you are doing […]

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Health and Wellbeing At Work: A Fad or Here To Stay?

By |June 1st, 2017|

Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Wellness, Wellbeing at Work and Wellness Programmes are all phrases that you may have heard of in the media or read about.

What exactly do they all mean? Let’s start with a definition:

Wellbeing in the Workplace is:

“That part of an employee’s overall wellbeing that they perceive to be determined primarily by work and […]

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Why Delegation Is a Good Idea

By |April 20th, 2017|

Leading any group – no matter the business sector – is hard work. When managing the complexities of a large company, HR directors, sales directors, and other leaders quickly discover that it’s too much to take every task on your own shoulders.

As a leader or manager, you need to not only to be available […]

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5 Ways to Build Trust When Leading Change

By |April 20th, 2017|

Change is a constant factor in many professional sectors. As new technologies emerge, and professionals are asked to adopt new strategies in their day-to-day practices, change frequently leaves experts in a team grasping for trust.

After all, the key to success in a situation that’s unfamiliar is the ability of a leader to guide his, […]

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