Can a dress code enhance your team’s performance?

There are many factors that may affect employee performance, from the environmental to the motivational. One of the most easily overlooked – but often most significant – is how the way that we dress has an impact on how we feel, and consequently how we perform. Most of us have had that one experience where we have been in the wrong [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:27:14+00:00July 12th, 2018|Personal impact|Comments Off on Can a dress code enhance your team’s performance?

Personal impact whatever the situation (and weather!)

When I first started my business in 2011, it was almost entirely focused on working with individuals and groups on personal impact. What I do today is a lot broader than that; however personal impact is foundational to most of the work I do because personal impact whatever the situation matters at work. You may question why that is, the [...]

By |2019-08-16T06:38:24+00:00July 9th, 2018|Personal impact|Comments Off on Personal impact whatever the situation (and weather!)

Small changes make a big difference

I am currently working with a client who is only working with me, due to feedback from his boss; in fact it has been made clear he needs to work on his presence to progress in his company. This is always a more challenging proposition for me, as the person has not come to their own conclusion that they have elements [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:25+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Personal impact|Comments Off on Small changes make a big difference

Could a flexible working programme help your team to flourish?

Most employees now have the right to ask an employer for flexible working. However, making it possible for staff to have a more flexible working life isn’t just about ensuring legal compliance. There are also many benefits for the business in engaging with a flexible working programme that go above and beyond ticking boxes. The benefits of flexible working for employers [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:31:03+00:00June 27th, 2018|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Could a flexible working programme help your team to flourish?

Promotion & organisational performance is about more than getting the job done

If you have promoted people in your team, what has influenced your decision? Can you honestly say it was 100% down to their technical ability and knowledge? (Not that it should be). The reality is that these sorts of skills will only get you so far. Despite the focus being on knowledge and grades throughout school and university, to reach more [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:31:31+00:00June 18th, 2018|Career progression|Comments Off on Promotion & organisational performance is about more than getting the job done

What to do if your team is fatigued

A fatigued, distracted and demotivated team can have an impact on much more than just work culture and internal dynamics. Poor mental wellbeing within a work environment also affects the bottom line with a cost of £34.9 billion to the UK economy from the consequences of fatigue or boredom, such as absenteeism. In many company cultures this issue is getting worse [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:14:42+00:00June 14th, 2018|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on What to do if your team is fatigued

A simple way to consider who makes which decisions at work

You may have read my recent article about delegating and the benefits of doing so, for the person who you are delegating to. If you didn’t, you can read it here. I wanted to build on this, using an idea featured in Susan Scott’s book ‘Fierce Conversations’ which you will have heard me mention before. I believe the theory I [...]

By |2019-02-08T08:05:34+00:00June 12th, 2018|Career progression|Comments Off on A simple way to consider who makes which decisions at work

Do you struggle to delegate?

One of my current clients came to me with several challenges, mainly around how she could step up to the next level and achieve a promotion for which she is in the running. Fundamentally, she felt she lacked knowledge and confidence regarding many of the aspects that she had seen me write about. As with many of my clients, they [...]

By |2019-01-27T18:55:56+00:00June 4th, 2018|Career progression|Comments Off on Do you struggle to delegate?

Repositioning ‘schmoozing’ as increasing your exposure at work

I was speaking to a friend recently who is a Director of a major property company, she was referring to a colleague who was feeling anxious that she felt she needed to 'schmooze’ more senior people, to work on increasing her exposure to progress in her career. This is a common complaint that I hear and something that many people find [...]

By |2019-12-02T19:02:29+00:00May 21st, 2018|Career progression|Comments Off on Repositioning ‘schmoozing’ as increasing your exposure at work

Is your mirror well polished?

How would you rate yourself in terms of self-awareness? Self-awareness is about understanding what makes us tick including our strengths, weaknesses, drivers, emotions and beliefs. It's impossible to be self-aware 100% of the time in everything we do but having a high level is important for success at work. There are 2 main reasons: It is a key part of being [...]

By |2019-08-22T13:20:11+00:00May 17th, 2018|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Is your mirror well polished?