Change your working relationships forever with this conversation.

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

Having studied for years for an MBA, it’s slightly ironic that one of the most enlightening career conversations for me took place in a pub in Kings Cross, London when a new soon-to-be boss sat down over a glass of wine and told me what his expectations were of me. I was already in a middle management position so was expecting a conversation around … Read More

Being overlooked for promotion? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself.

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

I was once told by a CEO at a successful construction consultancy that the best way for someone to succeed in his business was for them to “make sure they were in people’s minds when something needs doing“.   In saying this, he was essentially acknowledging the psychology of human nature which dictates we all naturally want to work with people we like, and who we … Read More

Whose career is it anyway?

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

Years ago I was pondering over a big life decision that I needed to make around my job and where I lived as a result. It was a hard decision – I asked friends their opinion, sought advice from family and, well, anyone who would listen, to be honest. I think even a visiting dog had its ear bent one … Read More

Leadership Lessons from The Behaviour Expert

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

I am currently leading a development programme for some 200 Team Leaders and this week saw us host one of our “Inspire” events for some 30 of the group.  These events are designed as session to give delegates something a little different to cogitate and (importantly for everything we do) be fun, engaging and practical so it can be applied … Read More

The 5 key people challenges in property and construction (and the questions to ask yourself to stop them affecting your business)

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

As a result of working with contractors, developers and construction consultants, I can see broad ‘people development’ themes which emerge as a cause of decreased efficiency which, regardless of market conditions, hit the bottom line. Not all of these will apply to every organisation, but the themes I’ve seen across different types of organisations within the sector see can be summarised … Read More

How to…prioritise stuff

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

I’ve used this matrix countless times to help me, my teams and clients focus on what really matters. As an example, you could use this: To clear your mind of ‘noise’ and explore what should be a focus for you/your business/your team/project In a brainstorming session to re-prioritise activity if business direction has recently changed. With a team, to agree what’s … Read More

Maximise effectivess by focusing on outcomes

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

I wonder how many of us are focused on the practicalities of our task lists today, as opposed to how we might approach our ‘to do’ lists differently to achieve the same outcomes, both personally and for our customers or clients. If we define an outcome as ‘something that follows from an action, or situation; result; consequence’, what is it that … Read More

Making 2012 count by asking 'why' not 'what'…

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

Most people I know will have given some thought over the break about what they might want to achieve in the coming year – either personally, professionally or both. For many of us though, we might have made plans in the past only for them to gather dust, metaphorically or literally on our desks, perhaps leaving us with a sense … Read More

Have you set your personal 2012 'Olympic' Goals?

Sue WillcockFood for Thought

As we end 2011 and enter the year of the London Olympics, I wonder what ‘Olympic-sized’ business challenges we have all set ourselves for 2012? I am a firm believer in trying to do what we all can to ‘switch off’ during the holiday season, but once the mince pies are gone or (in my case) the box of ‘Celebrations’ is … Read More