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Why Don't Leaders Love Annual Performance Reviews?

"Never turn your back on a boomerang."

I was going through the ordeal of my Annual Performance Review and this phrase on my boss's coffee mug struck me as tremendously funny.

I still find it quite amusing but on that particular day I laughed hard. And my boss laughed hard at me laughing.

This was my first ever ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW. It really felt like something that should be written in CAPITAL LETTERS. In those days, the ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW was a BIG THING.

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How Much is Unintended Bullying Costing Your Business?

Bullying appears in unusual forms. In one conversation I had recently, a manager said she feels bullied by LinkedIn. How?

Well, not by LinkedIn exactly. But by the posts she sees on LinkedIn.

"Every day I'm getting stuff that points out to me just how ineffective I am. The blogs telling me about '10 things highly effective people do before they even leave their bed in the morning' and '7 things really, really amazing leaders do so that their team members adore them'. Most of the time I think I've done well just to keep smiling."

Okay, so she was saying this with tongue in cheek!

But this conversation did make me think more about just how varied, unexpected and insidious our experience of bullying can be.

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Is Bullying Still Bullying When It's Unintentional?

"I can't believe I've been bullied out of my local swimming pool!"

My friend was laughing as she said it, but underneath the humour she had a serious point.

Anne is a keen swimmer and she trains regularly – but recently, not at her nearest pool. Why?

Because a group of swimmers began to run informal swim training sessions in the 'fast' lanes at her local pool.

"We're a friendly bunch," they told Anne, "and you're welcome to join our sessions – but you can't swim in this lane if you don't."

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Are You a Bully?

Mention the word 'bullying' and people will usually nod and confirm that bullying in the workplace is an important issue.

It needs to be addressed.

And I come across plenty of people who feel they're being bullied.

But I NEVER meet anyone who believes they are a bully.

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Let's Talk About Bullying

"When it's your turn to get shouted at, you just hang your head and wait until the yelling stops. And, when it isn't, I'm ashamed to say, you hang your head and thank God it's someone else's turn."

"[Senior leader] meetings are a nightmare every month. [They are] ritual humiliation in front of your peers."

"I was sobbing hysterically the night before my performance review. I just couldn't face my boss. The constant blame; the constant undermining. That's when I realised I'd had enough – it was time to take a package and leave."

These are comments from senior leaders I've worked with over recent months.

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How to Get Seriously Significant ROI from Leadership Development

My last blog post was a bit of a black cloud, as I explored just how poor the ROI in leadership development typically is.

But I did promise a ray of sunshine to follow. And that's exactly what this post is all about.

I'm going to share with you one of the key ways we help our clients get seriously significant ROI on their investment in developing their leaders' communication skills.

I want you to benefit from our experience over the last 25 years.

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Don't Settle for Results Like These...

Here's a depressing statistic. Less than 10% of leadership development brings sustained change or has meaningful business impact.

Now, that depresses me. I've invested a lot of my working life in this field.

Because of this, I'd like to believe these kind of statistics aren't true, but the sources are ones I trust – Harvard Business Review, the Institute of NeuroLeadership and McKinsey.

I'm especially concerned because a huge amount of the billions invested in developing leaders every year includes at least some element around communication skills.

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How to Get People to Take Accountability

"Can you help? We have 40 senior managers. We've asked them to progress a number of key changes. That was six months ago and they haven't delivered on any of them."

This was the problem posed by the Managing Director in one of our client organisations – a large, international engineering business.

So, happy to have a meaty challenge, I set off to investigate. 

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Why Aren't Your People Taking Accountability?

There’s an epidemic sweeping our organisations. And leaders don’t know how to stop it.

It's the epidemic of 'lack of accountability.'

How do I know there's an epidemic?

Because, right now, the Number One question I'm asked by leaders across a whole range of organisations is: "How can I get my people to take accountability?"

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Why You Should Give Your People Control Over Change

I know of a company which moved offices a couple of years ago. The leaders all agreed the move made sense, and it was going to be better for the employees too — in every way except one.

The new office was on a different railway line to the old one. It was probably more convenient for some, but many staff members were now facing a longer commute and a change of trains.

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