Morale

Three tips for improving office morale

September 21, 2017

Every manager knows that morale is key to a successful business. After all, happy, engaged people who enjoy their jobs and get on well with their colleagues put in that extra ten per cent, meaning a better quality of output and higher productivity. There are indirect benefits too, not least read more

Personal Development

Why personal development is critical to professional success

September 8, 2017

Why am I saying personal development is so important? We all know people who look like they are destined for amazing things, but never quite get there. They might have great commercial skills, intelligence, vision and all the other qualities that should lead to business success, yet they either lurch read more

Managing conflict

Managing conflict in the workplace

August 21, 2017

Over recent weeks, I have been talking at length about the different personalities and dynamics that we come across in any working environment and today I'm going to broaden that out to look at managing conflict. The fact is that everyone is different, and has their own values, attitudes and read more

Leadership Style

Adapting your leadership style to the situation

August 4, 2017

In a recent article, I talked about certain similarities between teamworking in a business environment and the success or failure of sporting teams. Another parallel to be drawn is that teams are made up of many different types of characters, all with their own unique styles. In both business read more

Team Building

Team building across the miles

July 21, 2017

The phrase team building has a warm, inclusive feel about it. It conjures up images of victorious World Cup winners or athletes celebrating a record haul of gold medals at the Olympics. The archetypal pictures of hijinks in the locker room and sports stars carrying each other on their shoulders read more

HR in Digital Age

The Changing Face of HR in the Digital World

July 13, 2017

Every business, from retail to leisure to professional services, has an increasing reliance on digital technology and expertise. Ecommerce is a growing component of every organisation’s strategy and generated more than £130 billion of revenue for UK businesses in 2016, a figure that will continue to rise in the read more

Changing Times

How can executive coaching help in changing times?

June 29, 2017

we're in changing times and the modern business environment is more complex, diverse and competitive than it has ever been. Thanks largely to technological advances over the past couple of decades, it is also changing at a more rapid rate than anything we have ever seen before. Little wonder that read more

Communication

Who’s listening? The forgotten aspect of communication

June 12, 2017

Skype, Snapchat, Slack, Messenger — the list of platforms by which we can use for communication with one another seems almost endless. New ones appear regularly, initially bewildering the unsuspecting parents of teenagers, and then seep out into the wider social and business communities. Anyone can see that this is the read more

Digital Winner

Are you a Digital Winner?

May 21, 2017

Are you a Digital Winner? This was the question posed by economists at Oxford Economics in its Leaders 2020 survey, which polled over 4,000 executives from around the world. Their aim was to study the impact of strong leadership on success in the 21st century digital economy, and the read more

Ethical Corporate Culture

Building Blocks for Ethical Corporate Culture

May 6, 2017

Creating and sustaining an ethical corporate culture in which employees are happy, motivated and following their principles is fundamental for long term success, yet it remains something of a holy grail among business leaders. This is not least because there are so many diverse inputs that affect each of these three read more