How to build your Self-Belief?

Self-Belief is one of the 8 key qualities of REAL Leaders (ABC of REAL Leadership). It is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives and especially for leaders but many people struggle to maintain a strong sense of self-belief. Sadly, this can be a vicious circle as people who lack self-belief can find it adversely affecting their performance which in turn reduces their level of self-belief making it difficult to become successful.

What do we mean by Self-belief?

In contrast to the vicious circle that reduces of Self-Belief there is also a virtuous circle generated by the positive interactions […]

By |February 20th, 2017|Leadership, Posts|0 Comments|

Don’t Leave Value For Money to the Beancounters

In Social Housing the essential concept of ‘Value For Money’ has been distorted and rendered no more than a bean counting exercise. How could we possibly expect anything different when responsibility for monitoring and regulation on value for money was left to the bean counters.

The Homes and Communities Agency has warned that Housing Associations must improve their performance on value for money evidence or the regulator will step in. The HCA regulators want to see:

Social landlords providing a common framework with value for money metrics against which to measure their performance.
Transparency in value for money statements.
Boards […]

By |November 24th, 2016|Housing, Posts|0 Comments|

TLC for Middle Managers

Let’s be honest, we don’t take enough care of our middle managers. We expect them to lead their teams and get the job done but usually they have been promoted to manager on the strength of their ‘technical’ skills. They will have had precious little training or support to develop the skills they need to manage people.

They end up being the ‘squeezed middle’. Junior staff get training so they can deliver better for customers. Senior managers get support to make sure there is effective leadership of the organisation often in the form of personal coaching.

For senior managers, coaching […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Management, Posts|0 Comments|

The Secret to a Fulfilling Third Life

The Third Life is that period in our lives when we are free from the need to drive a career and still healthy enough to do the things we want to do.

It used to be said that there were three ages: Growing Up, Working and Retirement and the University of the Third Age was founded on the premise of catering for people in their Third Age. People would expect to work until they retired and lived a life of leisure for what time they had left.

Today, we can say that there are four ages in our life: Growing Up, Work, […]

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 […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Posts|0 Comments|

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.

By |January 21st, 2014|Posts|0 Comments|