'A very valuable resource for busy leaders to dip in and out of as time allows.' - Dr Mark Pegg, Chief Executive, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education 'Clear and concise with great anecdotes and oozing with experience.' -Dr K. D. Akabusi, MBE, MA, FPSA, Executive Director, The Akabusi Company Coaching, motivating, team building and influencing are all essential tools for getting the most out of the people around you. Commonly described as ‘soft skills’, there’s nothing soft about the impact they will have on your business performance. This book is your toolkit for managing yourself, facilitating team performance and surviving and thriving in times of change. Step up your management skills now to get the business results you need.
The Leader’s Guide to Coaching & Mentoring is a highly practical handbook that helps managers get the most out of their people. It includes grounded advice on the practicalities of both coaching and mentoring – such as how to structure a session – as well as core content on: · The skills required for coaching and mentoring, including listening, questioning, observing body language, challenging and affirming · The established processes for coaching and mentoring, such as GROW, relational coaching, reverse mentoring and solution-focused coaching · The scenarios in which coaching and mentoring skills are particularly appropriate, for example, coaching under-performers, coaching star performers and coaching for career development There is also a handy section on the 10 pitfalls to avoid when coaching or mentoring. Written in the no-nonsense and engaging style of the other Leader’s Guide books, this is the best tool on the market for managers wanting to coach their people to optimum performance. 'In this hands-on book, Mike and Fiona highlight the real difference between conventional management and effective leadership: management is a profession, while coaching is much wider; it encourages social interaction and a focus on human relationships at work. That’s what new generations expect and respect.' Laurent Choain, Chief People & Communication Officer, Mazars Group 'It’s not always easy for managers to recognise what real coaching is, let alone its value. This book makes a compelling case for the Manager as Coach and contains real, usable examples of how to go about it.' Ian Johnston, Chief Executive, Dubai Financial Services Authority
Shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year 2011, Practical Manager Category A Leader’s Guide to Influence will show you how to step up your people skills and improve working relationships so you can get the business results you want. Combing the hugely popular areas of influence and leadership, this book will show you how to step up your interpersonal effectiveness by learning how to work more successfully with those around you, be they people you manage, colleagues, client or business partners. Through a combination of practical exercises, case studies and no-nonsense advice, this book shows you how to: - Increase your confidence and impact. - Communicate more effectively. - Learn different tools, techniques and approaches when working with different types of people. - Listen and question effectively. - Develop rapport and empathy. - Give better feedback. - Deal with difficult situations and cope with conflict.
The Leader’s Guide to Emotional Agility takes a new approach to emotional intelligence in action and translates it into critical skills that every leader needs to get the most out of themselves and their people. It outlines 8 steps for achieving emotional agility and resilience: Step 1: Becoming authentic Step 2: Becoming self-aware Step 3: Becoming aware of others Step 4: Using the emotions Step 5: Understanding the emotions Step 6: Managing your own emotions Step 7: Managing the emotions of others Step 8: Mindfulness for leaders The chapters, underpinned with scientific research, offer real-life illustrations from leaders facing real challenges and triumphs, as well as exercises, case studies, tips and strategies to put these steps into action. It also includes a self-assessment at the start of the book to help you find out how emotionally agile you already are. This straight-talking guide is the ultimate guide for busy managers wanting hard advice on how to deal with the softer side of business life.
Have you read all the books out there on getting to the top but find yourself wanting not necessarily tips for achieving a high-flying career, but the tools for creating a fulfilling working life? Based on new data from surveys and interviews, How to Thrive and Survive as a Working Woman will encompass stories, examples, strategies and practical exercises. The content will be both instructive and interactive offering insights from the authors' own experience of working with many women managers who attend Ashridge Business School programmes and events. The book will focus on key issues for development and career success and apply these to the specific challenges facing women at work, including: getting started in your career; dealing with motherhood and a career; dual career couples; changing career direction; moving up to senior levels; lack of confidence; and developing a clear career plan. Offering tips, techniques and approaches, this book will be an essential tool for working women of all ages and at various stages in their career.
How to Develop and Inspire High-performance Teamwork
Author: Mike Brent
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
Teams are everywhere - business, industry, schools, hospitals and government. There are executive, management and cross-functional teams, as well as teams formed for specific tasks and projects. But when a team can succeed or fail on the quality and effectiveness of its leader, everyone will have a view on the leadership qualities that are most important. So what makes a successful team? And what can leaders do to ensure that their teams collaborate effectively and are committed to the right goals? The Leadership of Teams examines some of the most common challenges facing both teams and leaders, including: · interpersonal challenges; · working in a global context; · different roles in different teams; · multicultural teams; and · coaching and developing team members. Written by experienced academics and practitioners, The Leadership of Teams incorporates results from specially-commissioned surveys on team-working, organized by Ashridge Business School. Using examples from sport, the military, business and the charity sector, this book shows how the best leaders successfully inspire, support and work with their teams in order to produce peak performance.
Written for leaders at all levels - strategic, organisational and team level - the Leadership Pocketbook explains how to inspire, influence, deal with change and achieve objectives. Illustrated throughout, the book adopts a practical approach, setting out the principles of leadership, the role of the leader, the skills required for effective leadership and the key challenges facing leaders in today's business environment. This 2nd edition sees the addition of a new section about leaders and social responsibility. "Contemporary business leaders must be aware of the major forces shaping society today and understand how their organisations need to respond and contribute to these challenges", author Fiona Dent writes. She is Director of Faculty Development at Ashridge where she is also Programme Director for the Influencing Strategies and Skills Programme. A focus of the book, described by the author as 'perhaps the most necessary skill for any leader', is self-awareness - to know yourself, to realise what your leadership strengths and weaknesses are and when you must continue to develop. "With admirable clarity, Fiona Dent distils the salient leadership issues and skills. Every potential leader and every leader with potential should find a place for this book in their pocket or bag." Philip Hodgson, Director of Leadership Programmes, Ashridge "A practical, easy to use guide for all levels of leadership. It covers a broad range of topics in sufficient detail to make it usable both for fresh learning and for reference." Richard Nicholson, Management Development Manager, Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd
PLAY ON YOUR TERMS Negotiation is THE core business skill. It is fundamental to everything we do that involves other people, whether that’s asking for a raise, pitching an idea or deciding who gets the coffee. The Leader’s Guide to Negotiation is a highly practical guide to getting the most out of your business interactions, whilst building stronger relationships to boot. From achieving win-win outcomes to problem-solving and building trust, it equips you with failsafe strategies for conducting successful and positive negotiations. ‘An entertaining, immediately useful book that goes beyond advocating for win-win – Simon Horton shows us how to get there.’ Adam Grant, Wharton Professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take ‘Reading this book has made me think about how I negotiate and I have learned a lot… If you want to benefit your relationships while improving your business, then this is worth studying.’ Simon Woodroffe, founder of Yo!
Presentations are an inevitable part of a leader's day to day. They are fundamental to delivering information, motivating staff and building relationships. The Leader's Guide to Presenting is a highly practical guide to delivering engaging and influential presentations. From informal to formal settings, you'll discover how persuasion, influence and communication are critical to your own impact, the motivation and engagement of others and, ultimately, the success of your organisation. How to present when the stakes are high How to structure your message to gain agreement How to deliver with maximum impact and get the outcome you want How to pitch for success and handle difficult conversations
A Small-Business Owner's Guide to Connecting People to a Core Message
Author: Chris McIntyre
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Category: Business & Economics
Delivering a tactical plan, complete with both downloadable and online support, Chris McIntyre rescues small business owners trapped in potholes littering the road to success, and provides a helping hand to freedom. Uniquely prepared to create and deliver their product or service, small business owners are far less equipped to effectively lead, let alone develop, their team. Their internal systems and processes are often informal and incomplete, limiting their freedom and their business growth. McIntyre provides a step-by-step, customizable solution to overcome this roadblock. Coached by McIntyre, leaders learn to craft the right team, create a consistent core message that enables the brand, and then, connect the two. Business owners are given a rock-solid process for attracting and keeping superstars, and dropping nightmares. They learn how to get their core message out of their head and into the heads of their superstar team. Supported by McIntyre, organizational leaders will define their core mission, and develop a distinct, systematic formula that enables their team to accomplish it. Leaders are aided with a thorough checklist to guide implementation, giving them everything they need for consistent performance from their team and ongoing success.