Author Archives: Peter Young

Know when your work is done!

How do you know when your work is done? For those of us who have unlimited possibilities for work and could do it 24/7 without ever finishing, it is a demand of good leadership to be able to stop, to switch off and to KNOW THAT YOUR WORK IS DONE! … Continue reading

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Saying ‘no’ without damaging your reputation

“A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble” said Mahatma Gandhi. Following the previous post on the challenges of saying ‘no’, this entry considers how to develop the ski… Continue reading

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Saying “no”: a core leadership skill

The last blog post explored the importance for managers and leaders in having a ‘stop-doing’ list; a pre-requisite for anyone concerned with achieving greater personal effectiveness or organisational success. Closely related to getting good at sto… Continue reading

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To achieve greater success, what should you stop doing?

According to Jim Collins writing in Good to Great, successful organisations and individuals don’t just have ‘to-do’ lists, they also have ‘stop doing’ lists. Collins cites Kimberley Clark as a classic example. In order to focus on growing its core… Continue reading

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What stops people making decisions?

“The Eurozone must have a decisive plan”, declared David Cameron this week. And of course he is right. The EU has signally failed at reaching conclusive agreements and taking decisions. I am struck by the large number of people I have spoken to in… Continue reading

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How to deal with your harshest critic

Who is your harshest critic? If your answer is yourself, then you are in the company of a great many people! I am struck over and again by the otherwise successful and high-achieving people I meet whose impact and influence is diminished by their … Continue reading

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Whose ideas do you like the best?

This question frequently gets raised in workshops on leadership and management, and the answer quickly comes back: “your own”. Yet even though this characteristic of human motivation is intuitively known by us all, it’s still surprising how much m… Continue reading

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