• Olympic Gold Leadership and Communication

    In 2004 the Olympic Women’s hockey team didn’t qualify for Athens. In 2008 in Beijing they came 6th, in 2012 they won Bronze; on August 19th 2016, as part of the most successful overseas British Olympic Team performance ever, they spectacularly won Gold. The success came at a cost. Sacrifices were made. Uncountable hours of […]

  • Summer is finally here!

    As you get ready for some well deserved R&R, this is the perfect time to take stock, dream BIG and set your final goals for 2016. Here are 9 essential questions to ponder, to get those creative juices flowing. Do you get annoyed when initiatives fail to deliver your expectations? How often do you find […]

  • The impact of BREXIT on your people

    I just wanted to share something that has happened in the last 24 hours. 3 CEO clients have asked us for help them – all in the last 24 hours. They want help to manage the impact of Brexit on their people. Truthfully, I was a little shocked and surprised, as I was half expecting […]

  • 13 Management Practices that waste time and money

    Oh WOW – just finished reading for the 3rd time ‘Oops, 13 Management Practices that waste time and Money’ by Aubrey Daniels. I love this book. Almost as much as his other book ‘Bringing out the Best in People’ Each chapter makes me laugh out loud as I reflect on my own career, the organisations […]

  • The Value of Positive Reinforcement

    In Aubrey Daniels’ short video… … he raises the issue of the value of positive reinforcement in an environment where a positive relationship does not exist between the giver and the receiver. As the author of many books including some of the fundamental intellectual models that MadAbout believes in, his theory seems obvious. But […]

  • ‘I’m a manager – not a psychologist!’

    In my 20 year career working with businesses and organisations in both the private, public and charity sector, I have used a wide variety of training methods and tools as a trainer and as a line manager/leader: from NLP (Neuro Lingustic Programming), MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) to Transactional Analysis. All of these interventions were […]

  • New management system diagram

    A new management system?

    Written by Matt Arnold Business issues can often feel either complicated or complex – and sometimes both. And yet I regularly see senior management trying to find a simple solution. If only life were that easy! I’m frequently asked to help diagnose serious business situations spanning 100s of employees doing their job, together with their […]