Following the result of the UK general election, Theresa May will possibly need to re-evaluate her management style to quell a leadership challenge and ensure that the Brexit negotiations run smoothly. Mrs May needs to exhibit strong leadership that will be an exemplar of determined action that motivates and inspires members of the Conservative party. Party members will be seeking direction, purpose and most importantly, reassurance and confidence.
Most organisations will be affected by the inevitable changes that Brexit will bring to the UK. Uncertainty is endemic and it is therefore imperative that leaders need to be visible, available and above all to be able to communicate openly with their workforce. It is during these times that managers must offer their teams a focus that is clear and an anchor that is strong.
Change brings uncertainty. However, it affects everyone differently. The challenge facing leaders and managers is that different people take dissimilar timescales to arrive at the acceptance point of change.
Emotions may run high but it is the leadership role to stand apart from emotional responses and to concentrate on the situational facts. Employees will seek direction and reassurance and managers will need to understand the differing impact that change can have. No two people will be affected identically and reactions will differ accordingly. It is essential to appreciate these fundamental facts to manage change effectively. Continue reading →
‘I keep losing focus’, complains Noreen. ‘I wish I could concentrate better’, says Abdul. Do you hear yourself sometimes saying this? There are so many things to think about that you just cannot seem to be able to concentrate properly, any more.
Concentration is the ability to focus upon one thing at a time. This is not necessarily an easy skill to develop and retain as life, for all of us, has so many disruptions.
Multitasking: Some of us pride ourselves on being able to do more than one thing at a time but the chances are that instead of doing one task really well, we actually manage to do a number of tasks not so well. The reason being that trying to do too much contemporaneously usually leads to poor performance or mediocre outcomes.
Distraction and Boredom: You cannot concentrate properly until you stop yourself from being distracted! Now this might seem very obvious but we can fail to take the requisite action to either remove the distraction from us or to remove ourselves away from the distraction. Continue reading →