Oct 062014

When we run a BBM Dia­gnostic for an organ­isa­tion, the first Phase is con­cerned with Struc­ture.

This can bemuse people. “Struc­ture?” one CEO said. “We thought that the ‘jazz-leadership’ approach would kick off with some­thing more creative…isn’t an invest­ig­a­tion of our sys­tems and pro­cesses a bit…dull!”

If you’re into jazz-leadership you know that struc­ture isn’t dull at all…it’s excit­ing, it’s essen­tial, it’s sexy! 

Why? Con­tinue reading »

Sep 262014

There are vari­ous areas of beha­viour that can build or break trust. Being depend­able is one of them.

You may not real­ise it, but when you’re late, or dis­or­gan­ised, when you don’t reply to someone, or you’re incon­sist­ent, then you are massively redu­cing the level of trust that people have in you.

This has a far-reaching, neg­at­ive impact.

How much do you exhibit these behaviours?

Con­tinue reading »

Sep 082014

Rap­port — it’s the secret to con­nect­ing well with people, with your col­leagues, your cus­tom­ers, your family.

It’s how you get people to trust you.

Want to improve your rapport?

Well, you can do some train­ing… Con­tinue reading »

Jul 222014

The clas­sic Miles Davis record­ing, Kind Of Blue, was pro­duced without any prior rehearsal — and pretty much done in one take.

Talk about a cre­at­ive pro­voca­tion! Your work is being recor­ded for pos­ter­ity, and you’ve NO idea where you’re going before you start.

So how did Miles make this cre­at­ive pro­voca­tion work so bril­liantly? And what can a busi­ness leader learn from it…and become a jazz-leader? Con­tinue reading »

Jun 242014

Uncer­tainty is one of the hard­est states for humans to deal with. Trouble is, we’re sur­roun­ded by uncer­tainty, as famil­iar sys­tems and struc­tures topple, and the rapid­ity of change in all areas of life increases.

For employ­ees already exper­i­en­cing high levels of uncer­tainty in the rest of their lives, addi­tional uncer­tainty at work can lead to dan­ger­ous levels of stress. Con­tinue reading »

Jun 102014

In a recent post we looked at email over­whelm and how you can reduce this if you work in an organisation.

But maybe you want to take con­trol of your own email? If so, here are some simple tips that will get you into a har­mo­ni­ous rela­tion­ship with it: Con­tinue reading »

May 132014

Who in your life isn’t per­son­ally affected by the out­come of your decisions?

Who doesn’t have their own agenda front of mind when they say what you should or shouldn’t do?

Who do you trust to give you an unbiased, informed opin­ion of your actions?

Who will tell you the truth, as they see it, and who will you listen to? Con­tinue reading »

Apr 292014

Do you work for an organisation?

What’s its Com­mu­nic­a­tion Policy like? Or more spe­cific­ally, its Email Policy?

Is there one?

If there is, have you read it?

Has it helped your pro­ductiv­ity and workflow?

Has it reduced stress and improved the qual­ity of your work?

Is it use­ful, or just for ‘show’? Con­tinue reading »