• 4 simple techniques for building resilience

    Imagine white water rafting down a fast flowing river, you’re being thrown from side to side; your raft is rising and falling, pitching and rolling – you feel sick, it’s relentless and you can’t even catch your breath. Then, you spot an eddy ahead, a placid area of water... Continue Reading 6th March, 2017
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  • 5 crucial tips for addressing the elephant in the room

    If you had the opportunity to speak up with the guarantee of no negative consequences, what might you say and who would you say it to? Research indiciates that 56% of us bottle-up workplace grievances for more than a year without speaking up. It is amazing the pain and frustration many of us... Continue Reading 1st June, 2016
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  • How to stay focused on what you really want

    Anytime you find yourself stuck, there’s a conversation you’re either avoiding or not holding well.Whether it’s a problem with quality, customer satisfaction, or a strained relationship—whatever the issue—if you can’t talk honestly with the people involved, you... Continue Reading 1st April, 2016
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  • Do we really treat people like they’re our greatest asset?

    “Our people are our greatest asset.” How many times have you heard that? Certainly, most companies I’ve worked for have said it somewhere in their corporate literature. But what does it really mean and do they really ‘walk the walk’ when it come to this statement... Continue Reading 18th March, 2016
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  • 6 Tips for Improving Your Workplace Wellbeing

    Many of us feel frustrated, concerned, upset, or discouraged at some point during the working day. A common reason for this can be disagreements with a manager, a colleague or even the strategic direction of the team or organisation.Yet, almost none of us voice these opinions in ways that get... Continue Reading 11th March, 2016
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  • Time for a crucial conversation? Check your motives first

    “If your heart sets out to do good things, things will only get better” Sheng-Lin Andrew Tseng. Imagine you’re in a heated conversation and the other person says something that really hits a nerve. Your mind races, the hairs on the back of your neck are up and that little... Continue Reading 22nd February, 2016
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  • Why new managers fail

    In most organisations, intelligence and competence are considered the key drivers of success. We promote our high performers into management roles based on their technical competence rather than their suitability for managing people.In a management position, employees are no longer simply judged on... Continue Reading 3rd February, 2016
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  • Do we write colleagues off unfairly for being 'difficult’?

    Every trainer has had the ‘nightmare’ delegate… someone who, when you saw their name on the attendee list gave you knots in your stomach.  “Oh no, not him, he’s going to sabotage the training, I just know it”.  I’m no exception. A few years... Continue Reading 29th January, 2016
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  • 6 Steps for Managing Difficult Conversations

    A critical difference between average and great workplace performance lies in how people handle difficult conversations. When we choose to say nothing rather than speak up, it causes employee engagement and retention figures to drop, projects to fall behind and teams to work in silos rather than... Continue Reading 25th January, 2016
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  • Why annual performance appraisals are a waste of time

    I believe there is little doubt that effective performance management is a fundamental component of success. Yet, performance management systems are only as impactful as the people who hold the performance reviews. These systems come in many forms and range in complexity, but most organisations... Continue Reading 23rd September, 2015
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  • How Fast Time Flies - The Outdoor Leadership Centre Turns One

    Grahame Robb Associates are celebrating the one year anniversary of the official opening of our Outdoor Leadership Centre at St. George’s Park, the English FA’s National Football Centre.To give you an insight into life at the Outdoor Leadership Centre, I thought I’d describe for... Continue Reading 23rd July, 2015
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  • 10 Tips for Changing Your Organisation’s Culture

    Culture change initiatives require a significant investment of time and perseverance. While training interventions provide you with the skills and framework for creating sustainable behaviour change – what happens after the course is even more important (think the 70:20:10 model).Here are 10... Continue Reading 14th July, 2015
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