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We’ve got a new office and website

Sep 06th

After 10 years and many fond memories of our Fitzrovia townhouse, we’re moving to a restored warehouse in the historic area of Farringdon, close to Smithfield Market.

From Monday 6 September 2010, our new address and telephone number is:

24 Greville Street
London
EC1N 8SS
Tel: +44 (0) 203 008 4461

We’ve chosen a new space to support our new way of working which is to provide flexible support for our clients in close collaboration with our network of associates and affiliate partners, whether it is from our London ‘hub’ or internationally.

We have also updated our website, so please do visit us online at www.stantonmarris.com

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Watch this space!

Aug 26th

The team at Stanton Marris are going under a transformation.

So watch this space for our big unveiling in early September, and find out what the new look Stanton Marris is all about.

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Taking the time to refocus

Aug 10th

I’ve been thinking of the application of sports psychology to work situations. The particular tip I’d like to share is the pause to regroup, gather one’s thoughts, settle one’s emotions, and clear the mind from the last activity to better face the next task.
 
Try these exercises to refocus yourself and your colleagues:

If you’re in a meeting and it’s clear that individuals in the room are still fighting other outside battles in their heads, ask them to take five minutes to follow you on an exercise. Ask them to choose a word – any word – that has positive or neutral

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Another award!

Jul 22nd

We’re delighted to announce that our client, The London Borough of Lewisham, has recently scooped an HR Excellence Award. They have just been announced as the winners of the 2010 Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy award.

We have worked hard with Lewisham on developing the ‘Lewisham Way’ to help engage their people and promote employee participation and breaking down barriers. So we’re thrilled to see all the hard work recognised by the HR annual awards.

The judges said Lewisham showed “genuine involvement from employees at every level – proper engagement, not just for the sake of it”.

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The six Cs of communication

Jul 02nd

Nearly every client meeting at the moment touches on conversation that managers may find difficult – communicating downsizing programmes and redundancies, or just the need to manage general uncertainty and anxiety that can affect performance.

When emotions are involved, too many managers handle the conversation badly, or avoid it altogether.

We use a simple, effective tool for communicating high-concern messages, known as ‘The six Cs’. Of course there’s a skill to how you use them, but if you follow them in order, you can be sure you have at least touched all the bases:

Care – show empathy with the person/people receiving the

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Are you delegating efficiently?

Jun 14th

“Climbing the corporate ladder requires you to hand over day-to-day tasks to others. But many people find this very difficult to do – or do it in a way that leaves everyone feeling unhappy and demotivated.”

I was asked recently by The Financial Times to comment on the knotty task of delegating efficiently. We discussed the most common problems in delegating, how to overcome a fear of letting go, how to delegate well, what tasks to delegate, and who actually gets the credit when you’ve delegated a task?

I think it’s important to create a sense of ownership and empowerment. The

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3 simple questions to improve collaboration

Jun 01st

How many businesses do you know with the word ‘collaboration’ in their set of values? In my experience, there are dozens.

And yet, it’s one of those organisational goals that sometimes seems to run counter to human instincts. As we often say, ‘easy to understand – hard to do’. While everyone signs up to collaboration in principle, it’s certainly not easy to achieve in practice. There are always a thousand reasons why it comes more naturally to work with the people in your immediate team than the team on the next floor, or on another site.

At the most basic level, managers

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You can spend less and benefit local place

May 19th

George Osborne announced this week that he intends to immediately tackle the £163bn economic deficit with a proposed £6bn worth of cost cutting in public services. Although ministers promise not to damage front line services, this news is bound to strike a note of fear.

Now, I don’t know whether this level of cost cutting is possible – but somehow it has to be because this is just the tip of the iceberg – what I do know is, it is possible to spend less whilst benefitting local places. If all those accountable for public outcomes at a local level could establish

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