Leadership is all about effective communication. It is not uncommon for leaders to scratch their heads when it comes to getting their people on board and engaged in the process of implementing a new vision, strategy and set of values. In our recent blog “Helping employees to see the bigger picture” we talked […]
Do we really hate work?
A recent article in the New York Times controversially titled “Why you hate work” highlighted the results of a recent study carried out by US Employee Engagement consultancy “The Energy Project” and Harvard Business Review. In the study, carried out in late 2013, more than 12,000 mostly management level employees across […]
Performance review time
We are approaching the time of year where many organisations are either setting performance objectives for the coming year or reviewing them for the one just gone. It raises the question as to how effective many of our performance management systems are?
I recently read an article in Personnel Today titled “Are performance management systems […]
It seems that lots of my clients want me to facilitate “away days” at the moment. By this I’m talking about extended team meetings with the intention of getting some thinking done and decisions made away from the distractions of the workplace. Maybe it’s executive New Year’s resolutions or, more likely, that many of […]
A mission statement can be a great tool for reminding your employees about why your organisation exists and why anyone should bother to get out of bed every day to turn up to work there.
However, “Purpose, Mission, vision, values, guiding principles” are some of the most overused and ill understood words in the modern […]
I read an interesting article in the news this morning in the UK about research carried out in education. One I thought I would share with you as it has relevance to most workplaces too.
The research found that excessive praise for struggling children by teachers may be counter-productive to learning. It said, “too much […]
In our recent blog, “5 ways to spark life back into your organisation”, we outlined 5 tactics to breath life into a mature organisation and these were:
Get clear on what matters most
Show them the lid of the box
Deal with the “Tough Stuff”
Change behaviours not just processes
Over the coming weeks, we will be running a […]
Have you seen a change programme within your organisation fail… and then be asked to resurrect it? Re-introducing failed projects back into the organisation is never easy.
The challenge is that often these initiatives have been sold in at a high level within the organisation with a business case that sounds entirely logical and sensible. […]
For most large organisations, there was a time when we “lived above the shop”… when we knew everyone by first name, where communication was easy as we could just press the stop button to talk to each other and when it was so much clearer what we were meant to be doing and what […]