REAL Leaders are Made not Born

 “The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less” – John C. Maxwell

There are possibly as many definitions of Leadership as there are HR professionals and a search in the Amazon books store on ‘Leadership’ would give you 98,089 results. Most of those books would probably say that the job of Leadership is about:

Articulating a vision
Inspiring, engaging and motivating people
Creating the right culture
Getting the right people on board

To achieve all of that, the Leader will need to have a range of highly tuned skills and Leadership Development usually focuses on skills, competencies […]

The Importance of Value for Money

The ability of a social landlord to deliver Value for Money is arguably the single most important factor in measuring its success and yet the social housing sector still has not been able to give the issue the attention it deserves.

The debate recently has centred round the HCAs action in downgrading a small group of landlords for failing to publish a transparent, robust and timely value for money self-assessment as required under the regulator’s rules. The HCA also warned a further larger group of landlords that they hadn’t met all of the requirements and must do better next time.

It […]

Regulation fees for turkeys

It seems that turkeys will vote for Christmas if they think they’ll get lots of grain to eat.

That’s the conclusion I’ve reached following the piece in last week’s Inside Housing by Stuart Macdonald. He reports that in a survey, larger housing associations supported the introduction of charging for regulation, seeing a “clear benefit to their business of a regulator with the resources to effectively regulate their organisation”.

In principle, this is a reasonable stance to take as it would enable the regulator to winkle out the problems in the sector and shore up the funders’ confidence in being able to […]

Coregulation – does size matter?

So tenants have at last been given the power to wield the big stick when their landlord is not performing or delivering the services that tenants want. Or have they?

The Localism Act 2011 built on the principle of co-regulation espoused by the late, lamented Tenant Services Authority and set out the obligations on a social landlord to enable tenants to effectively scrutinise their performance. So that’s it then, isn’t it?

Well, possibly. The last two years has seen a burgeoning of Resident Scrutiny Panels, Mystery Shoppers and Tenant Service Inspectors all trained  to the back teeth and tooled up to […]

Memories of Huntcliff

As a young lad, living in Saltburn, it was a short walk to reach the top of Huntcliff and the site of the old signalling station which has been almost completely lost but is marked by an information board.

Standing on the top of Huntcliff, buffeted by the wind blowing in from the North, I would look out to sea beyond the ships waiting for the tide to take them into Tees Dock and gaze at the horizon.

Feeling the solid mass of Huntcliff beneath my feet, tasting the salt sea air from the cold North wind and smelling the seaweed […]

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Training is Essential

If you want to change your life but are not quite sure what it is you want to do, maybe it’s time you tried coaching.

Coaching is not teaching, mentoring, counselling, therapy or just a way of someone else finding the solutions for you.

In coaching, you hold the responsibility for your own life and the results you get from coaching.

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