Silver screen – If you can’t say something nice…

(Confession time- this is a 30 day blog that I am a week behind on, so while others are writing day 13, I am on day 6) 

The task for this blog is to take a quote from our favourite movie.  I’m not quite sure what my favourite movie is but a quote that I have always remembered- probably because my mother said it to us all the time too- is Thumper in Bambi “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all” 

This is a good ideal to live up to at work, except that sometimes at work you do need to give feedback that may not be seen as being nice.  Giving feedback to your team or to your colleagues is not an easy thing to do, but is essential to the creation of productive and well run organisations.

How do you give effective feedback?  My thoughts are:

  • Make it timely
  • Stick to the facts
  • Focus on the issue at hand
  • Look for solutions
  • Don’t make it personal

And of course don’t forget to say nice things as well.

All about you (me)


The 5th blog challenge is titled ALL ABOUT YOU and is our opportunity to explain why we chose our blog title and what it means to us.

The title of my blog is the title of my website, which is the name of my business.  When I first decided to set up my own business, I spoke to a colleague who had already set up a consulting business.  One of his comments was that people struggle to implement stuff. So the seed was sown. I had skills in implementation – putting plans in place and working out how to achieve them.

To implement is to carry out, to put into action

Many organisations struggle to implement their strategy or their ideas.  There are time pressures, resource constraints and sometimes its just plain old procrastination. External support can help to clarify what needs to be done, provide a reality check about what is achievable and act as a sounding board when things get started. 

What plans and ideas do you have that are yet to see the light of day? Asking someone to help may just be what you need.

Sliced bread

2015-03-04 21.55.42The blog challenge today is to write about what we think is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I have been thinking a lot about networks lately. I have a wide network and have deliberately joined many groups and participated in many activities to maintain a wide network. This is not just about growing my business, the benefits are far reaching.

I think the networks we cultivate throughout life may be the greatest thing since sliced bread. My networks are in real life and on-line, I belong to women only networks and business networks and I maintain historic networks.

Reflecting on just the last 12 months, there are many direct benefits of the various networks I belong to:

  • Significant work has been generated
  • Conferences and learning opportunities
  • Personal support when needed
  • Inspiration and motivation
  • Fun activities
  • Friendships
  • Shared wisdom
  • Ability to help and connect with others

What are you doing to create and nurture your networks? Make the effort, it is well worth it.

I’ve got skills third topic in the blog challenge is “I’ve got skills” , the task is to blog about the skills we wish we had.  I do wish I was a bit more into detail, and that it wasn’t something I had to work at all the time.

But then, if I was a very detailed person, some of my other skills would suffer.  How can you be a big picture thinker, if you are worried about the detail? (Said a little bit tongue in cheek)

Traditionally  systems in organisations focus on “fixing” weaknesses. Performance management and  training needs identify the gaps and develop plans to bridge them. We spent a lot of time wishing people were better at the things they were not so good at.

But in recent years the conversations have been about building on strengths. This is a much more positive way to build your team. By encouraging people to go far in the areas they are good at can only be good for your organisation.


Toot your horn

The second topic in our blog challenge is Toot your Horn. We are instructed to talk about our favourite thing about ourselves.

I am proud of the work I do with Implement + Associates. As a very small business I can’t point to money as a measure of my success, but I can point to the success of much of the work that I do. So what am I good at?

  • Finding structure and simplicity in complex situations
  • Conveying that structure and simplicity in a way that is easy to understand
  • Facilitation that gets the ideas and concepts out of your head and into a format that can be articulated to others
  • Taking those ideas and concepts and making them tangible
  • Inspiring you to take the ideas to the next step
  • Having fun while I am doing it

What are you most proud of in your business? Do you articulate it to your team?

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