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  • Doing a group communication is one of the most agonised over events in organisational life. The number of meetings about meetings, reviews and circulations of scripts and announcements can be staggering and often result in something that’s so bland and watered down that the message is lost, confusing or ineffective.

  • Enthusiastic Employee

    Does this sound familiar? There’s a briefing going on, it’s an important project and you’d really like to ask a question. Except that you don’t. If only you had, a little clarity would have made your contribution so much more effective from the outset.

  • Wooden Leader with employees

    Last month we looked at how to integrate your values into your organisation – and we emphasised the importance of getting your leaders on-board to ‘walk the talk’. But what happens when they don’t – or even do the very opposite – what can you do?

  • Employees holding up a support card

    Stressful life events don’t have to be work-related to impact on performance or the workplace. It’s human nature to be affected by the challenging events that life can bring our way. Unfortunately, taking them into work is often unavoidable.

  • Man leaving work early

    What’s the attitude in your organisation around the start and finish time of people’s working day? How do your senior team behave and how do they judge other people around when they arrive and leave work. This will determine how people behave much more than any real resourcing issues in your workplace...

  • dollar bills washing down a street drain

    If you are responsible for learning and development in your organisation it’s important to make sure you are making an investment in this, rather than it being a cost. Training and development is not a panacea to solve every organisational issue and while people are in training, they are not doing their day job...

  • Boss shouts at employees and points finger

    In what seems an increasingly politically correct world, people can be accused of bullying just because someone takes offence at their viewpoint. Is there any place for straight talking at all in this day and age?...

  • Man on ladder up in the clouds

    New research conducted by PWC ( Workforce of the Future; the competing forces shaping 2030 ) found that 74% of people are ready to learn a new skill or completely retrain to keep themselves employable...

  • Unhappy at work

    Everyone does some time wasting behaviour but when does it seriously get in the way of good outcomes and productivity? Time wasting behaviour is habitual and is often done because ‘it’s the way we’ve always done it’ or ‘it gets the job done’. Could it be done better and quicker though?...

  • Business people in yoga pose

    Employee Wellbeing is not a big shiny initiative you need to implement, the most effective way to develop a really healthy culture is to embed it at the heart of everything you do. This is actually much easier to do than you might think at first.

  • Objections from employees at the desk

    The ability to elegantly handle objections is a key success strategy in the workplace. It is not easy to do though as the objections are often about things we care about - either at work or personally. Because we care about them (probably more than the other person) we are more likely to respond with our emotions rather than logic. Here are some ways to handle objections without arguing or getting defensive - and more likely to get you a good outcome.

  • employees discuss strategy

    Is is that time of year again? Time to organise the team away day or strategy day. To be successful Strategy Days need to generate ideas, be done in an environment that stimulates freedom of thought and involve the right people. Without a clear plan and enough structure you cannot have a successful strategy day.

  • toxic sign

    Toxic team dynamics are behavioural or communication patterns which destroy a healthy workplace. Key signs of a toxic team are:

  • Karen

    There are three main skill sets that ensure success in business: people skills, technology skills and problem-solving skills.
    Problem-solving is a high level thinking skill. It involves accurately assessing an issue, identifying potential solutions and choosing the most effective solutions to implement. Building the problem solving skills of your team benefits your business by boosting productivity, improving teamwork and giving your team the ability to deliver results which stand out from the norm.

  • angry boss at employees

    When Andy Cohen Wray begin learning NLP 18 months ago, none of us knew where it would take him. Working for Heathrow Airport at the time, Andy was a keen sportsman and had done some hurdling competitions, deep in the back of his mind though was an idea. Fascinated by the psychology of sports people, Andy had a dream to run his own business, coaching runners and professional athletes to get their minds in shape for their best performance in the sport they loved.

  • multitasking stress

    Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. What is called multi-tasking is actually your brain flicking from one thing to another so that each task gets a bit of your attention and the processing power of your brain. You will divide your focus over a number of things and none of them will get your full attention. When someone thinks they are multi-tasking their brain is actually trying to track a number of different thoughts and activities in their mind at the same time. This drains your energy and reduces your thinking capacity. People multi task because it ‘feels’ productive, rather than an objective analysis of results and output.

  • stones balancing

    It’s tough when you feel pulled in different directions, unable to spend time doing the things you want to. Building a good work life balance is a very personal thing because we are all different - to some people sitting on a beach is relaxing - to some it is the very definition of boredom! Find a work life balance that works for you by following these top tips from Time Mastery; Banish Time Management Forever.

  • psychological safety

    Innovation comes with an opinion - but does your culture welcome that, or stifle it?

  • Blowing your own trumpet

    A lot of people don’t want to be ‘that person’, the one who is always bragging on about how great they are, how good their work is and the ‘proven track record’ they have. However, in our wish to avoid being seen as arrogant or stepping on peoples’ toes, we can get left behind - along with the profile our great work could have given us.

  • Returning to work after the Pandemic

    The government has issued a ‘conditional plan’ to ease the lockdown which contains some guidance on returning people to work. People who cannot work from home should return to the workplace from Wednesday but avoid public transport. More detail is to be added but the call to return to work, for some sectors at least, has raised safety concerns.

  • Returning to work after the Pandemic

    Many of us take stock of our careers at some point in our working lives, and not surprisingly, the impact of COVID-19 is proving to be a catalyst for change. Concerns for personal safety and worries about what may happen to job security are causing large numbers of people to re-think their careers.

  • Returning to work after the Pandemic

    How do you maintain pace and quality of work, without burning out your staff? It’s a concern expressed by many people we work with in innovative, creative, and high pressured environments.

  • Zoom meeting

    As organisations return to work and take stock of the past few weeks, the conversation is shifting from ‘how to work at home during lockdown’ to ‘what remote working will mean to the future remote based organisation’. It’s a far reaching strategic issue.

  • Male in Coaching Session

    The impact of COVID-19 has presented many people with unexpected professional and personal challenges. In just a few weeks, the landscape of work and life has changed in ways that are yet to fully unravel.

    While lockdown and furloughing have been an uncertain time, it’s also created the space to reflect on the lives we lead. How will we cope with the return to work pressures but also find the time to pursue possible new directions?

  • Female Company Director at desk thinking

    This is a common dilemma we hear from many excellent CEOs. They are stuck in a conflict between caring for their staff and wanting them to deliver. That’s probably why we are often asked ‘What is the sweet spot where people are performing at their best without negative consequences for their wellbeing?’.

  • Designers choose colour palettes

    Creative people are often complex, and come with complex issues. It’s part of what makes them great at what they do - but not always easy to manage. Getting top creative talent to work well together calls for an understanding of their motivations and their behaviours.

    By creative, we mean truly innovative people and while we tend to think of designers, it also covers professions like architects, product developers and content creators - roles that produce the exceptional work that defines an organisation.

  • Exhausted business woman working late

    No one wants to leave a job they love because of burnout. Yet sometimes this feels like the only way out, despite the risks to career and finances. However, some people do recover - and do so while staying in their roles. For those that don’t succumb to burnout, how do they manage this and what advice can others take from this experience?

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