Recruiting for one person can be relatively straightforward, however recruiting a new team can be fraught with opportunities for failure. One of the most common is being distracted by detail, when success lies in keeping the big picture firmly in view. Chatting to a client brought this topic to mind. They had just gone through […]READ MORE
C-saw, the ups and downs of work-life balance at the C-level with observations of an entertainer’s approach!
For some people, work-life balance is simple, for others it’s more complicated, and experience shows that most people at the C-level tend to fall into the latter category. In this article, we’ll look at some of the reasons why and overview potential solutions. Work-life balance, the term is almost a cliché. Tossed around by employers, […]READ MORE
The silence around mental health in the workplace would indicate to many that all is well. However, when studies have shown that 45% of Australians currently aged between 16 to 85 will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, and a third of these cases will be related to pressures experienced at work, it’s […]READ MORE
In the last article, we looked at the traditional measures of engagement and the relationship between engagement, input and output. Now, let’s look at some studies that support a new approach to assessing and managing – the disengaged traditional model, or the new engaged model, if you like. Let’s start with the observation that large […]READ MORE
The adage says work smarter not harder – but how can you tell the difference when it comes to working in a digital enviro...
We’ve previously discussed types of employee engagement, now let’s take that as a given and look at how to recognise and assess engagement in terms of the hours they work – and whether it’s a positive thing or a drain on your resources. We all know the symptoms that apparently point to people with maximum […]READ MORE
In the last article, I looked at how training – explaining the role of a job, rather than the processes – can help engage employees. Now let’s expand on that and look at the concept of engagement from an employee’s point of view and its value to an organisation. Unless you are in the uncommon […]READ MORE
How often do we find ourselves going through the process of describing the steps required to perform a particular task rather than setting guidelines and objectives? For most of us the answer is too often and in this article, we’ll look at the potential costs of this learned managerial behaviour. Leaders are often trained to […]READ MORE
Too many people assume that managers and leaders are one and the same thing. Experience – and informed insight – suggest they are not. In this article, we’ll look at why that’s the case and some of the implications for an organisation. Let’s start with a surprising statistic from the USA, and there’s no reason […]READ MORE
Think of a traditional family company, in which leadership is passed from father to son, usually the eldest, and you have an analogue of succession planning as practised by many organisations for the past century or so. The chosen one would often be recruited (or born, in the case of a family company) and undergo rites of […]READ MORE
Everyone makes them but not many people keep them. So why do New Year’s Resolutions continue to be so popular? This executive coach thinks they should become a thing of the past. Are New Year’s resolutions made to be broken? In 2015, Bupa in the UK surveyed more than 2,000 people and discovered that 56 per cent […]READ MORE