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  • Encouragement - your leadership superpower

    Encouragement – Your Leadership Superpower

    6 November 2023

    Do you perform better with encouragement? So do your people. Think of encouragement as a gift you give to bring out the best in others. As a manager, think of your last interaction with a member of your team, take a moment to reflect on

  • Great managers think everyone grows here

    Great Managers Think – Everyone Grows Here

    16 May 2023

    On leadership and management training courses we often ask participants: Would you rather work for someone who uses your talent or grows your talent? Naturally, everyone wants to work for a manager who grows their talent but what’s it like working for you?

  • How to recruit the right people in sales and management

    How To Recruit The Right People

    31 March 2023

    The phrase ‘People are our most valuable asset’ is often used in workplaces, but it’s not entirely accurate. The truth is that the ‘right people’ are the most valuable asset. Therefore, excellent recruitment practices are crucial, particularly when hiring managers and salespeople

  • 4 Laws of Motivation

    How Motivated Is Your Team?

    3 November 2022

    As a manager in today’s hybrid and increasingly turbulent economy, it is useful to step back and think about how motivated the individuals in your team are. Without motivation, the product doesn’t matter, and the idea doesn’t matter – because no one will be motivated to take any action. On our management training courses, we

  • Confidence


    26 September 2022

    Whether you are in sales or management, confidence is the key ingredient that will allow you to succeed. When your confidence goes up, your competence goes up. People who believe in themselves put more into the task at hand and persist longer, increasing their chance of success. Learning new sales or management skills alone is

  • Management - can you inspire those around you?

    Can You Inspire Those Around You?

    12 May 2022

    As a modern manager, your ability to inspire those around you and improve their results will set you apart. It will accelerate your career perhaps more than any other factor. Recognising that your most precious possession is the people who work for you, and having the ability to draw out the best

  • Great managers lead by example

    Great Managers Lead by Example

    28 March 2022

    We live in challenging times. It’s vital to ask yourself, day in and day out: what sort of example do you set for your team? As a manager, it’s show-time all the time. Every phone call, every meeting, every speech, every presentation, every employee interaction, you are on show.

  • Energise your team

    6 Tips To Energise Your Team

    21 August 2021

    Business is picking up and it might just be an exciting ride. For your team to thrive and bounce back strongly, a key aspect of your leadership and management role will be reenergising your team.What follows are six tips you can implement to help strengthen your culture and create a great place to work, be

  • 3 Ways To Build Your Leadership Resilience

    18 January 2021

    The great philosopher Mike Tyson famously said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. Well, Covid has been a punch in the mouth for many of us. It has made leading a team harder than ever before. How do you lead when you can’t see your people, when you have reduced incentives, constant change and many other challenges?

  • Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) – A New Way To Train Your Team

    1 July 2020

    Traditional face-to-face (F2F) training has always been the default option for learning. It’s engaging, it’s interactive, and done well it’s enjoyable. But in today’s environment general unease around travel and group meetings make it less than ideal. While some may adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach, for others the solution is LIVE virtual instructor-led training (VILT).

  • Working from Home? – Tips to Sustain Connectedness (from Google’s Veronica Gilrane and LDL)

    27 March 2020

    Working from home may sound like a dream, but there are also major challenges. On this blog we show you how to sustain connectedness when working remotely with lessons from Google’s People Analytics Manager, Veronica Gilrane.

  • Can You Engage & Motivate Your Team?

    28 November 2019

    As a ‘modern manager’ you need to be able to lead, engage, motivate and inspire your team. Here are 15 quick tips which, if you apply, will help you get that little bit more from everyone around you.

  • Personal Leadership Is Where It Begins

    17 July 2019

    Leadership is how you get the best from people. Personal leadership is how you get the best from yourself. What’s that phrase? If you can’t lead you, please don’t try and lead me.

  • What is a ‘Good’ Organisation? Profitability, The Stakeholder Approach, and Employee Engagement

    30 August 2018

    Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ organisation in today’s marketplace? And what does it mean to be one? It depends of course on the criteria we use to judge whether an organisation is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Profitability is perhaps the most obvious criteria – an organisation is not going to last very long

  • Measure What Matters – How to Set Goals Like They do in Silicon Valley

    15 June 2018

    When Bill Gates gives a book review, you know that the book is probably worth a read. Well, the second wealthiest man alive recently posted a review of venture capitalist John Doerr’s new book on his Gates Notes blog. Titled Measure What Matters Doerr’s book is about an approach to setting goals and achieving operating

  • What’s Your Communication Style? 4 Tips To Increase Effectiveness

    4 May 2018

    When communicating with others, whether colleagues or clients, on the job, in meetings, or on the phone, we all tend to stick to our habits. But often those habits are unhelpful. Perhaps we rarely take the opportunity to speak up and give voice to our views and opinions – finding it difficult for example to

  • Is Yours an Agile Organisation? How Management Training Can Help You Make the Transition

    20 March 2018

    The recent March-April 2018 issue of the Harvard Business Review provides a guide for the way the concept of ‘agile’ is changing how organisations hire, develop, and manage their people. A concept taken from the tech world, ‘agile’ refers to a set of innovation methodologies which have been revolutionizing the IT and tech world over the

  • Leadership, Self-Leadership & Emotional Intelligence – an Interview with Jonathan Forrest

    22 February 2018

    At LDL we are always on the lookout for exceptional individuals to join our consultancy team. With his last major corporate role as a Director at Goldman Sachs, Jonathan Forrest is one such individual, and we are delighted to announce that he has recently joined LDL as a leadership and personal development consultant. To introduce

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 4 Leadership Lessons, Quote by Quote

    5 January 2018

    Welcome to January! We hope that 2018 is going to be a prosperous year for you and your business, and that you are excited about the year ahead. But whatever your goals for the new year we can still hold on to the memory of the festive season – including its more memorable cinematic experiences. For the

  • Leadership Training – 5 Tips to Help You Move Beyond the Carrot and the Stick

    23 October 2017

    On a previous blog post, our neuroscience for leadership specialist Dr Maryam Bigdeli spoke about the need for organisations to move beyond the carrot and the stick principle in their approach to performance management. Maryam explained that the problem with such systems is that the fear of the ‘stick’ can easily override the rewarding pleasure

  • Presentation training

    Presentation Skills Training – A 3 Step Structure for any Presentation

    15 September 2017

    Three decades of management and sales training have convinced us that there is one skill any high potential must master – become an effective presenter and speaker. Nothing, but nothing, will build your confidence more effectively.

  • coaching and feedback

    Coaching and Feedback – Why, How, What?

    24 March 2017

    As a training consultancy we know that one of the most important things an organisation can do to engage and develop its people is to embed regular practices of feedback and coaching. The question for managers and leaders is: are you or your organisation missing out on the gains? According to a recent article in

  • Neuroscience leadership training

    Neuroscience for Performance Management – an Interview with Dr. Maryam Bigdeli

    3 March 2017

    Spring has arrived, and with the appraisal meetings and performance ratings which often occur at this time of the year, it is a great moment to reflect on your organisation’s approach to performance management. In particular, what can neuroscience teach us about this vital aspect of leadership? We asked LDL consultant and PhD neuroscientist Dr.

  • star wars leadership

    Leadership on Film: 5 Lessons from Star Wars: Rogue One

    6 January 2017

    Perhaps over the course of the festive season you had time to indulge yourself in a few trips to the cinema. If so, then you might have seen Disney’s latest addition to the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Rogue One. The new film is designed as an immediate prequel to the original classic, A New

  • black box thinking

    Black Box Thinking: Towards an Organisational Growth Mindset

    2 December 2016

    No one ever sets out to fail or to do a bad job, and yet inevitably factors can conspire to turn even the best-laid plans awry. How do you and your organisation handle failures when they occur? The answer is more important than you might think. In his recent book, Black Box Thinking, Matthew Syed

  • world cup leadership

    How to Build the Perfect Team: The Importance of Psychological Safety

    12 October 2016

    At the National Sales Conference last week, Will Greenwood spoke about the England Rugby World Cup winning team of 2003. As you may already know, England’s team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup was one of the best sporting teams that the country has ever produced. Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson – it was

  • linkedin for sales

    How To Write A Good Linkedin Profile

    2 October 2016

    You may or may not be a social media aficionado but to be an effective salesperson or modern manager you must know how to write a good LinkedIn profile. 238 million professionals are members and it was only founded in 2003!

  • 3 Lessons In Greatness From Muhammad Ali

    19 June 2016

    Perhaps the greatest sporting icon of the twentieth century, Muhammad Ali deserves to be remembered around the world for his flying fists and indomitable persona. “Muhammad Ali was the greatest” wrote Barack Obama in one of the more significant tributes to the late superstar athlete: “He shook up the world, and the world is better

  • leicester winners leadership

    How to Build a Winning Team – 5 Lessons From Leicester City FC

    20 May 2016

    With previous claims to fame relating largely to an association with Walkers Crisps and to the unexpected discovery of the remains of King Richard III, Leicester City – an East Midlands city which lies on the River Soar – has suddenly been inundated by top journalists from all over the world.

  • David Bowie

    Embracing Change with David Bowie

    6 February 2016

    David Bowie has appeared all over the press in recent weeks. Every newspaper and media outlet in the country seems to have been celebrating the life of the late singer-songwriter who inspired so many millions of people over the course of his career.