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Five big ideas with Ricky Nowak 17/12

Ricky Nowak shares five ideas in five minutes to keep you focused as a leader and ready to tackle the day’s challenges. Here’s this week’s fab five, following on from last week:

  • Leadership: Honesty really is the best policy, in life and in business. Ask team members to be honest with their questions. In return, give honest answers in a timely, empathetic and forward-moving way.
  • People: Encourage people to experience someone else’s role, even if it’s just for a few hours or days. By having an outside ‘set of eyes’ internal problems can often be solved.
  • Meetings and Presentations: Don’t set up questions for the end of your presentation. At every key point either ask rhetorical questions or pause for two to three SHORT questions specific to that one point: ie “From what I have covered in relation to XXX, what is still on your mind?”
  • Technology: Instead of retyping addresses into your address book simply drag email from new contact into the address icon and it will automatically update your address book.

This video is part of a series of vlogs on big ideas in HR. Check back for five bits of wisdom to keep you focused and moving forward at work. Have a question, a tip to share or a topic to discuss? Tweet using the #fivebigideas hashtag or email Ricky at

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