Reflect and Grow

#8 easy ways to reflect and grow ‘So What?’ How often do you reflect on the impact of your actions? I am Tracy-Anne Barker, a mentor, coach and trainer.  I use the ubiquitous ‘So What?’ phrase when working with individuals. It can be used to mean, indifference as in. “I don’t care” I use the …

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Conflict at work? So what?

Conflict management can be one of the most difficult elements of a manager’s job. A high percentage of manager’s I have worked with, do not like dealing with conflict, however, it is a necessary aspect to a manager’s job. Conflict management is the process of limiting the negative parts of conflict and increasing the positive …

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#7 Tips to help with The Imposter Syndrome

Updated August 2020 – originally published August 2019 What is it? We all experience a feeling of inadequacy regarding our self-worth and whether we are qualified enough to achieve something, especially when we are pushed outside our comfort zone, we have heightened emotions or not feeling comfortable about a situation. For some of us, this …

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What is Performance Management?

Managing the performance of the team should be a cross organisation approach, that is integrated to help the business meet the key aims and objectives. What Is Performance Management? The performance management aspect is the monitoring and support of individuals so they can improve performance, the department performance, and the company performance.   Responsibility for …

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The #3 Whats!

Will the World be the Same again? And do we want it to be so? I among many others, have encountered significant change, challenge, and heartbreak over the last 12 weeks. Myself, watching loved ones become ill and go in to hospital to never return home again, overnight business changes when 90% of my work …

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#8 Business benefits of CSR

Updated 4th June 2020 (Originally published on 20th Jan 2020) Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has many advantages that can apply to any business, regardless of its size or sector. The benefit of an organisations corporate social investment are:  Better brand recognition Positive and responsible business reputation Increased sales and customer loyalty Operational costs savings Better …

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Managing Friends

Updated May 2020 (originally published in August 2019) You’ve just been promoted, hooray! You are now part of the management team and officially in charge of a team of your staff who were previously your peers, many who have become your friends. How do you handle it? This can be a tough one to navigate, …

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