Since first crawling out of the primordial slime and starting to walk on its hind legs, mankind has depended on collaboration for survival. Families, clans, tribes, corporations, cities, countries and international bodies like the UN all serve the purpose of, and are dependent upon, collaboration. Almost everything we do depends on collaboration. Almost any system, […]
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It was all quite unexpected, but when it happened, it felt completely natural. There we were, all independent business consultants based in three countries. We had never met or heard about each other. Then we were each invited to join this new network called StrongTies[i]. Naturally, we were all curious, but the personal invitations meant […]
Whoever you are, wherever you are, you want to be able to access your information at your convenience. You want it to be easy to find and up-to-date. You want your information in the palm of your hand. One upon a time, you would lug a ‘lap-top’ computer around with you on your travels. You […]
IT Jargon? Almost all experts in every field have their own terms to describe what they do as a short cut to communication within their own expert group. Unfortunately, they often assume everyone else understands these terms, which they rarely do. No one […]
A key element of business today is good communication skills. If you have good communication skills then you are able to influence people effectively, motivate them towards their goals and inspire the confidence that you can achieve them. You need to engage well with your colleagues, communicate well with your team, listen to your customers […]
How do you manage your body language when your team are not in the same office or, indeed, in the same country. One of the challenges of not being able to physically meet is the lack of physical cues in the form of body language. The importance of body language According to some sources, 55% of […]
Who’s got an ebook they’d like to write, has an idea for a ebook or has even written some of it down? At every networking event I go to, I meet at least 2 or 3 people who have. So what’s stopping you? For some it’s uncertainty of what’s involved, for others it’s lack of […]
I often see discussions on the topic of generational diversity and it has occured to me that there is a very real challenge today for managers in the workplace. Managers today may be managing up to five different generations. Each has its own set of expectations of you as a manager. Each may be a […]
Does IT Jargon like BYOD and Big Data confuse you? Almost all experts in every field have their own Jargon to describe what they do as a short cut to communication within their own expert group. Unfortunately, they often assume everyone else understands these terms, which they rarely do. No one will own up to […]
Experts in almost every field have their own terms to describe what they do as a short cut to communication within their own peer group. Unfortunately, they often assume everyone else understands these terms, which they rarely do. Only a brave person will own up to it , question a term or say “Sorry, I […]
The Chairman smiles, and announces the next speaker. It’s you! They read out the introduction you wrote for them (check) and the applause starts. Your first power point slide pops up on the huge screen behind you. You smile and begin… For most of us, making a presentation can be a nerve wracking and daunting […]
All professionals in every field have their own words to describe what they do as a short cut to communication within their own expert group. Unfortunately, we often assume everyone else understands these terms. No one will own up to it of course for fear of sounding stupid. No one will question a term or […]
You’re attending an important conference. The speaker is explaining all about the businesses goals and strategy. It is complex and the slides are confusing and, as they talk, your hand rises hesitantly to your face as you try not to yawn. Your feet start to scuffle, and there is a soft shuffling sound as you […]
Good communication skills are a key element of business today. You need to engage well with your colleagues, communicate well with your team, listen to your customers and stakeholders to get your message across – whether proposals, plans, budgets, recovery actions, self-defence or purely dissemination of information. If you have good communication skills then […]
UK Government pays 50% of the cost of using a Consultant!
I’m pleased to confirm that I have been approved to provide support under the new government grant ‘Growth Vouchers’. This will pay up to £2000 towards business advice, which you have to match. You can only use this with approved advisers. This is available to any small business with less than 50 employees and who has not paid for business advice in the past 3 years.
Effective networking can make a huge difference to your career prospects, both inside and outside your current role. Managers with good networking skills are seen as valuable to their organisations by bringing new knowledge and ideas. The ability to network well is an essential leadership skill – it adds value to you and your organisation. People who know how to network well have access to people, resources and information that will help them solve problems and create opportunities. This will enable you to enhance your value to your organisation and increase your access to potential opportunities outside your organisation.
I’m often asked, what is collaboration? According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. Collaboration enables you to share skills, experience, tools, knowledge, ‘clout’, resources etc. Done well, it can save you time and money, and get you more business faster. There are lots of different ways to collaborate and over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at the different ways you can collaborate and benefit your business.
Business Conversations – Meeting the need for micro business owners to tap into each other’s expertise. Mentorset – A Mentoring scheme was left with no manager and no clear direction. Actions included a new strategy and plan. Cloud based Services – New start IT service company needed guidance on key areas of the process, including […]
by Jacqui Hogan As a self confessed ‘girl geek’, when Social Media Networking came along, I couldn’t resist getting involved. However, as my time spent on the different media started to get longer and longer, I decided that I had to have a strategy for how I used it. After talking to many different people, […]
Crowd looking upMost of us would really rather not have to have meetings, but they are hard to avoid.
If, like me, you attend lots of meetings where you come away thinking ‘what was that for?’, then the following tips may help you to run your meetings more effectively.
A manager’s listening skills are key to team building, motivation, creating enthusiasm and mutual respect.
Through good listening skills you acquire information, enabling you to identify and clarify issues, make decisions, resolve conflict and be creative.
Effective Managers take time to review what is going well and what could be improved going forward without assigning blame. They know that assigning blame kills motivation and shuts down the improvement process. They also know that a simple and sincere ‘thankyou’ to individuals in the team makes all the difference. For more about this […]
A manager’s listening skills are key to team building, motivation, creating enthusiasm and mutual respect. It’s very easy for a manager to assume that they know everything, and that everyone understands what they mean. For more about this habit and to read my book about the 7 Things Remarkable Managers Do .
Sometimes, having a leadership and management coach or mentor is just not enough. Perhaps you need a specific job done or you need someone to complete a specific project quickly. A Cocreative top consultant will do this for you. A Cocreative top consultant can help you: Set up an internal or external mentoring programme Implement […]
Following lots of requests to see what we do, we have set up a YouTube channel called CocreativeVideo. We are aiming to film a selection of the Workshops/Seminars Jacqui runs, so you can see what these are really like. You can also see these on the relevant pages as embedded videos. So far we have: […]
Projects can often be a warzone as the project manager tries to hold onto the plan at all costs against the enemy project sponsors and scope creeps! Many of us derive our self worth on the basis of what we win. The trouble is that a winner means there is also a loser.
Good communication skills are a key element of business today. To do this, you need to engage well with your colleagues, team, customers and stakeholders to get your message across. Indeed, this is essential whether this is proposals, plans, budgets, recovery actions, self-defence or purely dissemination of information. Moreover, if you communicate well then you […]
According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. Collaboration enables you to share skills, experience, tools, knowledge, ‘clout’, resources etc. Done well, it can save you time and money, and get you more business faster.