Kathryn Simpson

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Be strategic??

What does it really mean to be strategic?  Early in my career I heard that “In order to succeed you have to be strategic”.  Think strategically and that's how you will advance. And then I had a performance appraisal. “Doing really well in all areas – projects are great, you deliver on everything that's expected.” But, (you know that “but” in performance [...]

Keep quiet and watch your team take off!

As a parent I have learnt that children grow up to be independent and creative when there is an environment that enables them to explore and find their own way.  Telling them what to do becomes less effective as they grow up and they develop a mind of their own!  This analogy can be extended to organizations as the old [...]

When it’s time to stop and reflect

After the recent post on think not do, the work of a leader.  I was challenged to describe the internal and external business factors that will prompt a leader to take some time out to reflect with their team.  My quick answer was that it’s always a good time (!), but on reflection (!!), there are some key triggers when [...]

Tapping into the wisdom of the crowd

As a facilitator how do you collect all the great ideas that the group you are working with have?  One of my favourite tools is the ubiquitous post it note.  Simply by posing a question and asking people to respond can generate many ideas. Then grouping these ideas and asking people to vote creates clear priorities before creating an action [...]

Inspiring others to follow

My early days learning about leadership seemed to be focused on the fact that a great leader creates inspirational visions that makes others want to follow their lead. I always struggled with this, maybe I could never be a good leader, as I just didn't have what it took to inspire others to follow me in the way that Shakespeare’s Henry [...]

Think not do – the work of a leader

In the frenetic pace of the world we live in, there is an increasing pressure to do something rather than think.  Articles abound that tell you to stop procrastinating and just do something. But there is a real danger to just doing something, anything, that has the impression that you are action oriented and are moving things forward.  This is especially [...]

By |2019-03-25T16:53:59+00:00March 25th, 2019|Coaching Leaders|0 Comments

2019 – let’s set goals that will result in success!

Setting annual goals for an organisation can be challenging, especially when you work in an environment that is constantly changing.  However taking time to reflect, connect with colleagues and look forward can be invaluable in reenergizing and focusing your team on the year ahead.  If everyone is working towards the same end goal it is much more likely you will [...]

Making differences work

The acceptance that diversity is important and has a strong relationship to business success is becoming more established.  Whether its gender, age, race, brain diversity, culture or different experiences that people have, then having different viewpoints round a business table, if harnessed well, will lead to more creativity and ultimately better business results.  Achieving diversity is a goal many organisations are [...]

By |2018-12-05T08:38:36+00:00December 5th, 2018|Coaching Leaders, Designing Leaders Meetings|0 Comments

Measure your success and achieve your goals!

In the first part of this two part series, reasons why organizations don't measure the success were described.  This second part describes the benefits of measurement and the top tips for implementing effective measurement. What are the benefits of measuring success? These reasons build a compelling case: Enables focus on what is important. Focus is critical to success. (See  – [...]

By |2018-08-30T07:43:53+00:00September 13th, 2018|Coaching Leaders, Designing Leaders Meetings|0 Comments

Measuring long-term success – why bother?

“What gets measured gets done” is a long standing saying that some argue goes back to the 15thcentury!  It’s hard to disagree with this simple idiom which compels you to measure what you believe is important.  And what can be more important than ongoing success? In the first part of this two part series, reasons why it is hard to [...]

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