empowerment

The manager as coach: micro-management, empowerment or ownership?

By Elisabeth Goodman, 7th August 2020 I hear a lot about micro-management in my work with managers and team members: managers worrying that they are being too directive and “hands on” but finding it difficult to delegate with confidence. Individuals frustrated that they don’t have the level of autonomy that they would like. And I …

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The manager as coach: leadership, management and coaching

By Elisabeth Goodman, 4th February 2020 We had a question during our recent RiverRhee Introduction to Management course about the relevance of learning about leadership skills as part of a management course. (We do have a follow-on Transition to Leadership course.) We believe that the visionary aspects of leadership are valuable ones for managers to …

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Difficult people are not necessarily being difficult!

By Elisabeth Goodman, 31st March, 2015 How to work with difficult people is a subject that many managers struggle with How to work with “difficult” people is one of the topics Janet Burton and I explore in RiverRhee Consulting’s 3-day Introduction to Management course , and in our tailored in-house supervisor and line manager courses. …

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From stoical survivor to natural navigator – strategies for proactive change programme managers.

By Elisabeth Goodman, 26th February 2015 Roles of those associated with change programmes I’ve just come back from delivering a seminar for the Midlands branch of the APM, with my colleague (and Chair) on the APM Enabling Change SIG, Martin Taylor. The event, “How to keep programmes on track and teams inspired during periods of change”, attracted …

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Finding the leader within ourselves

Why yet another article about leadership? I’ve had an unusually busy few weeks so the gap between my blogs has been greater than usual. However the magical combination, for me, of coming across an inspirational article, engaging with enthusiastic people, and listening to others’ ideas at a conference has finally triggered my own reflections! So, this blog is about …

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Empathy – the magical leadership ingredient?

Empathy can make a difference in every situation that we find ourselves in as leaders or managers I recently read Geoff Crane‘s chapter 55 ‘Empathy in Project Management’ in the ‘Gower Handbook of People in Project Management‘. It’s a very large book, with a wealth of fascinating information, so I’m dipping into it a chapter …

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Coaching applied to project management – APM seminar (#APMEoE)

By Elisabeth Goodman Managing, coaching, mentoring, training, consulting, counseling: these are all terms that may or may not be part of a team and project manager’s toolkit.  How are they different?  And how can coaching in particular be applied in project management? About 25 practicing project managers and others interested in the topic gathered near …

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Creating and finding those inspirational managers for our teams – a Cambridge Network event

People leave their managers not their companies “70% of people leave their managers or supervisors, not their company”.  These were some of the research findings shared with us this morning by Sue Gibson, Human Resources Consultant at DoubleG Assosiates LLP, in a Cambridge Network Breakfast meeting on retention and motivation of staff.  She also told …

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Making Knowledge Work – Beyond Lessons Learned – Notes from APM #KSIGDDAY

APM prospective Knowledge SIG Conference – 5th July 2012 Based on the @ecgoodman twitter stream tagged with #KSIGDDAY @APMProjectMgmt #KM Meeting kicking off – looking forward to it! The meeting started with some speed networking in which I met lots of great people from all sectors of work, the UK, sizes of organisation, and levels …

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