Growing Talent

Is your performance management missing this?

As you know at Heads Up we’re all about helping you get out of the grind of good, by getting your team 100% on board and excelling in their role. And something I see time and time again is performance management that doesn’t give the best to you and your team. I raise this now […]

Do you get quality feedback?

As a leader it can be hard to get quality feedback from your team as people have a natural and understandable reticence about giving their boss feedback. But without it our own professional development is starved. Here are 3 ideas to help you encourage feedback from your team. Creating two-way feedback when you’re the boss Two-way […]

Have you heard? It seems the best headteachers are architects – so what?

What a great piece of research! One that may well put a cat amongst the pigeons. If you haven’t read it please do, it’s not long and is fascinating. https://hbr.org/2016/10/the-one-type-of-leader-who-can-turn-around-a-failing-school Here is a quick summary and some thoughts. First up: The research was based on 411, secondary, academy heads. They found 5 kinds of leaders: […]

Capability management mistake 2: Being vague about your concerns

Emma Webster, Employment Solicitor at Yesslaw share’s another common mistakes she sees made when tackling performance. Whenever employee clients come to see me with concerns about a performance management process, their comments are nearly always the same: “I just don’t understand what I’m doing wrong or what they want me to do to improve.” They […]

Coaching makes you look younger

I know that sounds like it’s a beauty product, but it’s true! When we have a problem, something that is gnawing at us, weighing us down, we tend to look tired and older. So often I’ve sat down to coach someone and they have looked like they are carrying the world on their shoulders; the […]

Enjoyment is part of high performance

Not enjoying what you do has a lot of downsides. Gallup have conducted a lot of research into this, far too much to cover here, but some juicy snippets are: People who use their strengths at work are six times more engaged in their job People have a better quality of life to the order […]

Positive procrastination: when it pays to delay

I’m working on my ability to procrastinate. I know what you’re thinking: why would you want to procrastinate? But this is no ordinary procrastination, this is positive procrastination. Positive procrastination is all about doing stuff other than what you should be doing. Procrastination on its own is about doing nothing or very little. Part of […]