Your biggest time sapper at work?
When I ask team members and leaders what the most time absorbing issues are I’ll guarantee that engaging with difficult colleagues is right up there…In fact someone perhaps pops into your mind right now? I’m referring to the person who is perpetually negative, reactive or both. The someone who seeks to push the buttons of others….who is cranky, overly sensitive or just plain annoying. Research suggests that the sustained bad behaviour of others has a key influence on why p
"Presenteeism" - It's time to grab this tiger by the tail
We’ve all done it: Dragged ourselves into work when feeling sick as a dog – or emotionally under par. It’s fair to say those days weren’t our most productive, or our happiest at work! “Presenteeism,” it would seem, is the close cousin of absenteeism - the one who manages to insidiously dodge the limelight though. How do we define presenteeism exactly? “Presenteeism” is being at work when you shouldn’t be and when as a result, as a result you are under productive. There are
A first-up five-min focus to kick start your leadership week!
It’s Monday – Yep I get it! Monday can be a challenge for leaders….a busy week ahead, teams suffering from varying Mondayitis and of course your own level of post weekend fatigue all upon you in an instant. I’ve been there! Inevitably someone rugby tackles you with an issue before you even reach your desk and before you know it you are torpedo punted into the working week. I want to give you a five minute must do process that will help set the scene for a focused week to com
A "can-do" culture: Mastering collaboration to drive employee engagement.
How often have you felt like you or your team are pulling bogged down in the process when trying to complete a project or task? It’s sooooooo frustrating isn’t it? We live in such rapid times of change in the world. Ideas and solutions on our doorstep via our digital landscape, global news (fake and real) only a click away. Our workplaces are scrambling to keep up. To remain competitive during these fast times innovative organisations are looking for ways to make streamlin
The human factor will always eat automation for breakfast, lunch and dinner (....and morning and aft
I read an article the other day about a robot recently introduced at a large mining company to assist with: “the unpleasant, the untimely, the dangerous and the downright boring work….”* Robots are amongst a myriad of other emerging innovations designed to make our workplaces more productive in this globally connected, rapidly changing world. Does our workforce need to be worried about their own sustainability as we move through the 21st century? You need not start freaking o
You may as well read tea leaves all year if you leave culture kpi's out of your 2018 business pl
Leaders who fail to make their Managers, HR and training department accountable via their own kpi’s for improving culture are ignoring a vit
Embedding rocking values and behaviours in a workplace where they matter.
I've recently been running some workshops looking at core values, both personal and work based. It's an area of organisational culture that I'm quite passionate about. Why all this talk about values? Our digital world drives our love affair with technology and spews constant superficial information at us. Fake news, celebrity and sporting player obsession now dominate our mainstream media. The bad news bears feed us little to be happy about and this proliferation of inform
Creating great workplace culture all too hard? Here's a few pointers for getting started.
For busy leaders and HR professionals, tackling and creating a sustained positive work culture can be overwhelming. A constant changing work landscape, pressing business kpi's, personalities and politics internally can make it all seem a mammoth undertaking. All leaders want to get there...but it all seems a big challenge. So where to start? Getting the groundwork done is the most important part I think. One of my favourite quotes applicable in this instance comes from the
Examples of great leadership can come from all sorts of sources at unexpected times...in this case a
I've recently returned from a holiday in Spain - a great escape from the cold for a few weeks! Barcelona was the last stop. A friend and I stayed at Barceloneta beach for a few nights. Late on the afternoon of my last day there, I discovered only by accident that we were in the midst of a 24 hr taxi strike. I was due to fly out at 5am the next day and had planned to take a taxi to the airport around 230am. The logistics of taking 2 buses for an hour whilst grappling with 2