management skills

Going on a growth mindset journey

By Elisabeth Goodman, 10th August 2020 Have you ever…? Decided that something that you wanted to do was just too difficult? Hit obstacles that have put you off continuing with something that you started? Got depressed or had a sense of failure because something has not worked out? Felt put off by someone being a …

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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: helping your team find new meaning

By Elisabeth Goodman, 6th July 2020 The pandemic is by no means over, and everyone is experiencing it in different ways and at different paces. Whether your team has just kept going, somehow, or is only just beginning to emerge into a different way of working, two articles in the latest issue of Harvard Business …

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Fostering individual and team learning from outside our comfort zones

By Elisabeth Goodman, 27th June 2020 I enjoyed my first experience of “Coaching in the Workplace, 2020” this week: a joint conference by the Association for Coaching and the Institute of Coaching, delivered this year through a digital platform. I learned about more than can be covered in just one blog, but was particularly drawn …

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The manager as coach: helping others find their goal

By Elisabeth Goodman, revised 11th June 2020 (Originally posted as “Developing your coaching skills as a manager” 18th January 2017) Helping people perform at their best – where to start? We teach coaching skills in  RiverRhee’s Introduction to Management  course and also in Coaching Skills for Managers. We also apply these skills ourselves as coaches. …

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Maintaining employee engagement in growing and large organisations

By Elisabeth Goodman, 25th November, 2018 Small SMEs, large organisations, and a “microenterprise” model One of the aspects I enjoy so much about working with smaller Life Science or Biotech organisations* is the level of energy, enthusiasm and connection that every employee seems to have with their company’s purpose.  The people we encounter seem to …

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Operational excellence can give you the competitive edge!

By Elisabeth Goodman, 4th September 2017 According to Sadun, Bloom and Van Reenen, writing in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review, a disproportionate amount of emphasis is put on the competitive advantage of strategic planning, to the detriment of operational excellence. What is operational excellence? Their definition of operational excellence, or good management …

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Calibrating the mind to lead teams. Five tips for being an effective team leader.

Guest blog by John Hicks, 26th July 2016 Editorial note from Elisabeth Goodman: Many of the managers that we work with are transitioning from a scientist to a manager role.  John Hicks has joined our RiverRhee team to support us with our training, and also to provide coaching for scientists making this transition.  So I’m pleased …

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