We have heard every single ship analogy there is when it comes to teamwork. I’m not going to start listing them or even tell you how teams work better when they are all in the same boat. This blog is going to tell you how to get your team on the boat in the first place.
Everybody out, the building is on fire!
I am sure it has happened to us all at some stage in our lives! The smoke, fire or security alarm goes off in a building, and as logical, well rounded, mindful adults, with a focus on being responsible, we sit and look around us to try and understand if;
Great leaders understand their people. That statement can often be taken for granted. We assume that we ‘know’ our team and to a degree, we probably know them enough to remember their birthdays or have a social conversation without it being awkward. But, is this enough? Understanding these 4 basic personality types could help you rise above the rest and empower you to be a better leader. So, what are they?
Negotiating occurs in everyday life, but nowhere is it more critical than in business. Poor negotiation can ruin a company just as quickly as losing key customers. While most negotiating skills can seem like common sense, it's not uncommon to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and end up ignoring their basic instincts.
The bottom line is this, devoted employees are the ones delivering the most value to your organisation! The question is this, how do you increase employee devotion? How do you ensure that you are creating the best possible environment for your teams to flourish, and give you their best?
“Do as I say, not as I do” – A personally hated phrase for me, one that echoes through life as a terrible reminder that we often expect others to act in ways that we wouldn’t even expect ourselves to! More on this later...
Company culture should drive business success. That is the main factor any business should focus on when developing their business values. . .
One of our favourite quotes, from one of our favourite innovators! Steve Jobs and Apple are one of the best modern examples of pure innovation. Apple unapologetically pursued a path of being the best in everything they did, creating products that didn’t just perform, but products that changed the way we do life today.
Change is never easy, but it is inevitable. Be it in your personal or your work life, embarking on a journey of change can be an arduous process. Whether you’re changing processes, structure, or even seating arrangements, you often come up against the same issue. Resistance!
Becoming a mentor can be an interesting journey. For most it is a natural experience, and one that is enjoyable. I would assume from the start of this blog, that you are either in a mentorship role currently, or that you one day aspire to help others to grow and develop through the lessons and experiences you have had.
“What is a team?” – A question that I was recently asked. Instantly, I jumped in to answer, “A group of people working towards a common purpose or goal.” Though when I started unpacking this answer, I came up against an obvious challenge. Whilst standing waiting on my usual train at Belfast Central Station, across the platform stood a group of 15-20 people, all waiting to get the train to Dublin.
Who, What, Where, Why, and When! Those five words, in that order! That’s how we recite them, that’s how we remember the 5 W’s! Whoever came up with that order clearly did it so they were easier to rhyme off but little did they know the damage they would cause to our businesses and industries.
Amongst the definitions you stumble across when researching the word “engage” are the following nuggets of gold;
- involve someone in.
- participate or become involved in.
- establish a meaningful contact or connection with.
Growth opportunities are different from your core business and therefore require different skills and an understanding of your customer’s needs. They also require commitment. Below are 6 things that you should consider when making new growth initiatives work within your business.
The desire and passion to succeed is only half the battle. Many people desire to succeed, but without a plan, a routine, and clear goals, the journey is mostly unproductive. Whether its in work, school, personal life, whatever, it takes planning, preparation, and a clear direction to get you going, and most importantly of all, keep going.
It's that time of the year again
Everyone is preparing for Christmas, excited about time off, then there are SME owners, managers, and business leaders, unplanned, unprepared, and unaware of what setbacks will come with this year’s holiday season!
One aspect of business that I take very seriously with myself and my team is a continual focus on personal development. Not just for in work, but also for their personal lives, future goals and aspirations, and their own performance.
The workplace has changed drastically over the past number of decades, and we now expect more than a wage from our workplace. One of the most common expectations is solid leadership. We hear from people so often that have left their job due bad leadership, but how do we ensure that we don’t become one of those organisations? Here are 3 ways to improve employee satisfaction in 2016.
Nurturing my work ethic has always been a priority to me. You see, some people believe your either born with it, or not. They think it’s clear cut, yet this very thinking has been the catalyst of many people believing they have been somehow duped in life by not being graced with the “Work ethic gene”. Understanding what a work ethic is, and is not, is essential in nurturing and developing the person you want to be.
We all have the ability within us to drive our business forward regardless of qualification, job role pay grade. You don't have to have authority to be a leader. This is the common misconception of leadership. It's not always done from the front.