I had dinner with a colleague this week. As you would expect between acquaintances working in the same industry, our conversation touched on our current work-related experiences, our challenges, our hopes and our fears for the years ahead. My friend spoke at length about their current struggle; a boss that loves control. A boss comfortable issuing directives, orders and instructions
I'm often asked what the greatest mistake I see during concept sessions is. The answer is judgment. Judgement has no place in coaching. I find it interesting how some managers wear their job title like it's a badge - a badge that allows them to make assumptions and judgments about those they manage. These managers don't think twice about judging the work, intent, effort and/or performance of others
What does it mean to be perfect? The notion of 'being perfect' has been weighing on my mind for some time. Working with talent, I often hear people enthusiastically declare, "I just want to be perfect at it." I think I understand what they are trying to convey; they want to be seen as proficient and thoroughly skilled in a certain area
It's easy to blame other people for our shortcomings. When a project doesn't go as planned it's almost instinctive for us to point the finger, "It wasn't my fault." You can complain that you didn't have the resources. You can believe that your less than desirable results were because of other people. Whatever happened, it wasn't your fault!
You know how frustrating it is when you're driving and there's someone sitting in the back seat, wincing and groaning as you manoeuvre through traffic. They're barking orders about which way to go, and when to move over into other lanes
We are in business to win. Winning is the only desirable outcome. The secret to winning, and to the continuation of winning, is to build the best team. It is essential to form a cohesive group of individuals all working to achieve the same goal
Successful stations are always well branded. These stations invest in saying their name (which often has included dial position) on the air, over and over. Safe in the belief that repetition builds recognition. These stations have understood – and embraced – the basic need to identify themselves frequently. They sell their brand name with pride and enthusiasm
I was caught off guard this week when someone asked; "Which one quality do you see missing from inexperienced leaders?" My mind instantly started acting like one of those old fashioned rolodexes, quickly flicking through all the possibilities. Mentally I was scrolling at pace through the endless mistakes and failings we all make when starting out. I am sure I am not close to mastering many of them, even now. Then my mind came screeching to a halt. I had my answer... courage.
Many of us have an inbuilt desire – a burning even – to perform at our very best. We want to achieve all that can be achieved. We want to leave our mark. While our intentions are honourable, our actions don’t always support our desire. Achieving peak performance takes discipline and commitment and for some of us it is just to easy to give up or worse fail to really start.
Radio is full of opinions. Often there is little consensus as to what makes great radio. For some people this can be frustrating