Christina Lattimer's Blog (58)

How Leaders Can Create an Epic Mindset with a 4 Step Approach

A recent client was discussing a problem with an employee, and how he would tackle the issues in their next one-to-one meeting.  As the leader, my client was absolutely right to deal with poor performance and find a way forward which would…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on August 19, 2015 at 4:00 — No Comments

5 Emotionally Intelligent Practices to Transform Your Team

Clean the projector..........

A filmgoer sits down in the local cinema to watch an old movie: The beauty of the film was being horribly distorted due to the black scratches and spots which flashed across the screen. After about half an hour the filmgoer abruptly got up; taking a handkerchief out, walked up to the screen and rubbed furiously at the black spots. Of course nothing was at all changed. The spots on the screen weren't the problem. The spots on the projector were the real…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on January 9, 2015 at 22:44 — No Comments

Richard Branson’s Biggest Single Piece of Advice for Business Leaders

Richard Branson Interview with the e.MILE People Development Magazine

We are concluding our 6 months series in response to the Centre for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) research carried out in 2013, which resulted in their report entitled “The Challenge Leaders Face around the World” wherein they identified 6 of the biggest…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on September 4, 2014 at 0:00 — No Comments

Kotter’s Take on the Real Change Challenges Facing Leaders Today

The Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) carried out research in 2013 involving CEO’s and Leaders from across the globe.  The resulting report entitled “The Challenge Leaders Face around the World” identified 6 of the biggest challenges as perceived by leaders. 

  • Developing…
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Added by Christina Lattimer on August 5, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

Leading With Emotional Intelligence and Owning Your Feelings

There are many strands to developing emotional intelligence, and believe me, my EQ is tested most days. Emotions are as a result of the thoughts and beliefs about the experiences we encounter in life. As mature adults it is great if we learn to master our feelings, and if we don’t there is a danger that our emotions become the master of us. How we interpret events and incidents is key to leading successfully. This week’s blog is about my latest challenge in mastering…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on September 26, 2013 at 1:46 — No Comments

10 Tips on How to Get Focused When Multi-Tasking

Getting things done has been a big issue for me this week, both at work and at home. With the e.MILE Community growing by the day, my daughter putting the final touches to her  wedding next week, and my son starting 6th form, there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. There is a lot of advice out there about helping busy people make the most of…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on September 20, 2013 at 0:30 — No Comments

How We Unconsciously Avoid Success

This week’s blog continues on the theme of sabotage I started a couple of weeks ago. What follows is a summary of how we can inadvertently stop love, happiness and success coming to us as a matter of course. Although it’s a difficult subject, the good news is once we accept that we have a dark side, we then can shine that much needed light on it and resolve it!

I’ve…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on September 14, 2013 at 1:30 — No Comments

Three Paradigms Which Can Sabotage Your Engagement Strategy

Let’s face it, organisations have to be outward facing, it’s no good naval-gazing constantly, because that will get them nowhere. Sometimes though concentrating on external goals, relationships and service can create a blind-spot for leaders which means they miss some of the most important dynamics in their own organisation. Today, I set out three dynamics which leaders must pay attention to if they want to truly create an excellent organisation. 

An ability to create an…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on August 24, 2013 at 0:52 — No Comments

How Leaders Can Redeem Mistakes With Integrity

It’s very easy to sit on the side lines and judge someone when they’ve either intentionally or unintentionally made an error of judgement  We all make mistakes at times. Leaders are no different, they are only human. Like great service providers, leaders can make good a mistake, it is about how they go about it, which will either reinforce or destroy the trust of their team or followers. 



Ethics, morality and values based leadership are high on any thought leaders…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on August 16, 2013 at 1:46 — No Comments

A Strategic Approach To Success



There is no fool-proof way to make sure you succeed in everything you do. If you are a poker player, you will know that no matter how good the cards are; or how well you play them; there is always a chance that you will be “drawing dead”. For those of you who don’t play poker, the term “drawing dead” basically means you are holding a losing hand, but you don’t know it.



Although I’ve been…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on August 8, 2013 at 23:26 — No Comments

How Leaders Can Compromise Trust and Credibility

It’s often a lonely place when leading. Although some leaders might find it easy, for others, making decisions can be a tough and lonely place filled with doubt and uncertainty. Whichever camp a leader stands in, there is one guarantee, the team will be making decisions about the credibility of the leader and whether they can trust them, by the decisions they make, how any changes are implemented and how they are communicated. In the following article I describe 3 ways a leader can create a…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on August 1, 2013 at 22:10 — No Comments

Key Interpersonal Skills Successful Leaders Can Learn

The effectiveness or not of some leaders' Interpersonal skills often seem to be intrinsically linked to their personality or character. I often wonder if it’s because people think these skills are an unchangeable character trait that they aren’t given the priority they should in organisations. A question I see again and again is: Are soft skills really hard…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on July 18, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Motivate Your Team: 6 Tips For Managers

 This article draws to a close my short theme about the most difficult situations managers have to face. In week one I wrote about How to make Managing Poor Performance Easy, week two was about tackling those Difficult conversations and week three about …

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Added by Christina Lattimer on July 12, 2013 at 1:00 — No Comments

Get Rid of The Outdated Long Hours Culture and Work Smartly

The next in my theme about the most difficult situations managers have to face, is all about changing that long hours culture and having the courage to embrace flexible working as a win/win concept. In week one I wrote about How to make Managing Poor Performance Easy, last week I tackled those …

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Added by Christina Lattimer on June 21, 2013 at 22:34 — No Comments

Approaching Difficult Conversations With Confidence

This week I’m continuing on my theme setting out some of the most difficult situations managers have to face. Last week I wrote about How to make Managing Poor Performance Easy, and this week I set out the steps I believe are essential to successfully hold those difficult conversations, which only become easier with experience and practice. 

The worst kinds of conversation are those…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on June 14, 2013 at 23:56 — 3 Comments

Are You Challenged By Poor Performance?

As a young manager, the second biggest challenge to get my head around was to identify when lagging performance became poor performance. The biggest challenge was then to determine what to do once that decision was made. The reason tackling poor performance was an even bigger challenge than naming it, was because once I knew what the problem was, I then had to deal with the personality of the poor performer, and…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on June 7, 2013 at 0:44 — 2 Comments

5 Ways To Tap into your Inspiration

People Discovery is founded on the concept of Inspirational Leadership.  Most people have a good definition of what that means, for me it means you lead from within.  We all have wisdom inside of us; some of us are better practiced at tapping into that wisdom than others.   If you lead either a team, your family, or yourself from inner wisdom, it is a win/win scenario because you are also helping others tap into their own inner wisdom.   We aren’t always in the right state to tap into our…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on May 31, 2013 at 1:00 — No Comments

Be Exceptional and Go The Extra Mile

Sometimes a paradigm or a philosophy you live your life by isn’t at the forefront of your conscious mind. When I was naming our new monthly E-zine; The Extra MILE became the perfect choice because I realised that it epitomised the effort I try to put into life, most of the time.

When I was younger I raised around £1000 on a charity event I organised. I was fairly pleased with this. A friend of mine asked if they could replicate the event and use my resources. Of course I agreed. When…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on May 24, 2013 at 0:48 — No Comments

Lead Yourself First: 5 Temptations To Avoid

Writing about the “darker” side of our human nature could well be depressing if I didn't wholeheartedly believe the best in people. Make no mistake about it, we all have traits which maybe we need to think about. More often or not, the traits we don’t like are unconscious and we simply aren't aware of them. The beauty of identifying unsavoury traits is by bringing these into our awareness; it gives us an opportunity to change them! 



Being a great leader is…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on May 16, 2013 at 22:19 — No Comments

Change Your Perception - Change Your Experience

For those of you who read my blog regularly you will know that one of my favourite questions is “Would you rather be right, or be happy?”. This is literally a choice many of us are making every day.  When we judge a situation or someone, we often filter out any information which doesn't accord with our belief or our perception. 

So for example we might want to believe that we have to go to a job we hate because we need the money, when in fact the truth is, we simply don’t want to make…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on May 9, 2013 at 22:48 — No Comments

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