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Ian Pratt
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Jun 25, 2017


Supervision expertly prepared how to guides, hints and tips including templates everything you ever wanted to know about team leadership

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Feb 11, 2017

Change Management Models

Everything you will ever need to know about change management Models including free templates all in one convenient location

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Oct 28, 2016

One on One

One on One Feedback tips and techniques including free templates, checklists and how to guide

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Oct 22, 2016

I'm Too Busy

How to counter the I'm too Busy Excuse

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Oct 19, 2016

Leading People: Simple Matrix Organisation Mistakes

People leaders often tell me that being a leader can be challenging you are there to inspire, motivate and engage a team of people who are at time unpredictable. Being a leader in matrix organisation has one additional challenge that is not as prevalent in more traditional structures. In the matrix organisation your employees will be constantly comparing and contrasting your people leadership skills with their other matrix manager’s people skills.

Even subtle differences such as one manager giving more positive feedback or showing more interest in their employees than the other matrix manager can subconsciously influence employee bias; your employees will look more favourably on communication with the more positive manger and will subconsciously prioritise communication with that manager.

As a result one manager is fully informed whilst the other may at times be missing out on important information. This subconscious bias will shift into conscious bias if interaction with one matrix manager results in a negative experience and interaction with their other matrix manager results in a positive experience. The greater the variations in the quality of matrix manager interactions, the more likely employees are to subconsciously find excuses for reducing interaction with the poorer of their managers. Once your employees start to find reasons to reduce interaction you will see a sharp drop off in collaboration and teamwork in your business.

The challenge for senior leaders in a matrix organisation is to identify the variation in your leader’s ability to engage positively with their people. If you take action to firstly identify the variation and then reduce variation in leadership capabilities you will improve team work and coloration in your business.

Sep 12, 2016

Leadership Articles

Leadership articles that challenge your thinking to promote your personal growth and development

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Jul 14, 2016


Understanding Herzberg motivation theory for employee motivation

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Jul 14, 2016

Touch Points

Using Touch Points to improve your relationship with your people

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Jul 11, 2016

Resisting Change

Managers resisting change can be a thing of the past, discover how change leaders overcome resistance to change

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Jul 11, 2016

Leadership Skills

Discover high performance leadership skills that lead to highly engaged teams

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