Insights, ideas and inspiration
Most of our blog entries can be read in two or three minutes. One or two go into greater depth and others are bite-sized. All are intended to share with you insights, ideas or inspiration that we hope you will find useful, interesting or energising.
Covid-19 has presented all of us with a set of circumstances and challenges of which we have no direct prior experience.
If there is something good to have come out of it already, perhaps it is the way it has obliged all of us to quickly and critically examine how we create and deliver value for our customers and, importantly, for the wider community.
In trying to work through this conscientiously and authentically, it also tests our values and how we choose to interpret and apply them to a completely new context.
In this blog, we describe our first response, the thoughts that shaped it and the new offer we have created as a result.
This complements our existing products whilst being quite distinct from it, reflecting the new realities we are all responding to.
Is poor delegation leading to frustration, feelings of being overworked or instilling a blame culture within your team? Read on to discover the signs of poor delegation and how you can improve for a happier and more productive workplace.
Great teamwork is inspiring and at some stage most of us have either experienced or benefited from it. So what are the features of a team that ensure or improve its cohesion? Take a look at our checklist to discover where you could improve cohesion within your team.
What's the secret to communicating effectively as a business leader? There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but by following our advice you could be on your way to developing your own communication style that helps you better deliver your message.
A root cause of frustration is often that a business’s ways of working have not kept pace with the growing and often relentless demands placed on them. People are understandably frustrated, annoyed, even unnerved by the resulting inefficiencies that are eroding otherwise healthy margins. There is a sense that things no longer work as they used to.
Resistance can be healthy if surfaced and dealt with constructively. It can equally be destructive - hindering individuals and teams from performing at their best. So what is our best response to overcoming resistance and the behaviours that follow? Here are five pointers we as business coaches thought you may find helpful.
The vast majority of the entrepreneurs we meet are deeply committed to the people who work for them. They respect that their employees have commitments and obligations outside the workplace, and recognise the mutual benefit of offering them the flexibility to balance these sometimes competing demands.
A lot of the same entrepreneurs are also exhausted. Their commitment to everyone else results in them plugging the gaps that arise from flexible hours, sabbaticals, statutory leave, extended holidays and so on. Even years after they founded their business, the original risk takers are still the ones pulling the late nights and carrying the can. Sound familiar?
The way our human brain creates meaning dictates that if we cannot encode something in language, then we will struggle to make sense of it. This suggests that shared language and meanings are essential for groups to function efficiently and effectively.
Numerous management articles tell us that if we want to be great leaders, we need to ask the right questions. This preoccupation with questions can blind us to their flaw - which is that they invite answers. Our questions, then, had better be perfectly designed to prompt the answers we need to lead effectively. Or is there a more effective approach to gaining the insight we need?
The point of teams is surely that the sum is greater than its parts. We bring together individuals from different functions with varied skills, aptitudes and experience in order to create a collective capability to achieve something. But what, exactly?
Recent advances in medical technology are accelerating our understanding of the human brain. Neuroscientists already know enough to put rational, proven explanations to some of our felt, inner experiences. In this blog, we consider how these insights can help us increase our own and others’ productivity at work.