Earning the Trust & Respect of your team – Cricket shows the way

First and foremost my sport is football. It has been my passion to play (when my joints allowed me!) and watch ever since I can remember. But I am a lover of all great sporting occasions and am in awe of the elite level that top sports people operate at.
The cricket world cup final was one such event. Whilst I am not a massive cricket follower, England in a World Cup Final was an important event and one that kept me enthralled all day. The drama of the day was incredible, and that final ‘super over’ was sport at its absolute best. The fact that, after 8 hours, the teams could only be separated by the number of boundaries hit during the day was a measure of how well-matched England and New Zealand were. read more…

Diary of a Line Manager

‘They used to be my friends…’

So here I am, a couple of days into my new role. The euphoria that I felt originally has been somewhat dampened. The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind – trying to get my head around a new routine, new meetings and new demands. I expected that. I knew this would be a big change. I know (I hope!) it will settle and become more normal. read more…

‘First Day at School’

I am not sure that many people start their working life thinking ‘I want to be a line manager’. I certainly didn’t. A rare few have really clear aspirations – “I want to be a CEO by the time I’m 35” – often driven by a desire for status and money rather than a desire to manage people. read more…

Earning the Trust & Respect of your team – Cricket shows the way

First and foremost my sport is football. It has been my passion to play (when my joints allowed me!) and watch ever since I can remember. But I am a lover of all great sporting occasions and am in awe of the elite level that top sports people operate at.
The cricket world cup final was one such event. Whilst I am not a massive cricket follower, England in a World Cup Final was an important event and one that kept me enthralled all day. The drama of the day was incredible, and that final ‘super over’ was sport at its absolute best. The fact that, after 8 hours, the teams could only be separated by the number of boundaries hit during the day was a measure of how well-matched England and New Zealand were. read more…

Diary of a Line Manager

‘They used to be my friends…’

So here I am, a couple of days into my new role. The euphoria that I felt originally has been somewhat dampened. The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind – trying to get my head around a new routine, new meetings and new demands. I expected that. I knew this would be a big change. I know (I hope!) it will settle and become more normal. read more…

‘First Day at School’

I am not sure that many people start their working life thinking ‘I want to be a line manager’. I certainly didn’t. A rare few have really clear aspirations – “I want to be a CEO by the time I’m 35” – often driven by a desire for status and money rather than a desire to manage people. read more…