Category Archives: Change

Practical Mentoring Skills

Mentoring can add significant value to your business through utilising the extensive knowledge investment in your management in the development of your staff. The process of mentoring benefits the mentee, the mentor and your business. This practical leadership training course introduces mentoring and mentoring skills. It describes and addresses each step in the mentoring process and helps… Read More »

Counselling Skills

Counselling is helping a person to move forward. A short conversation may become important counselling. People are often the most expensive asset of an organisation. People make the difference between success and failure. Staff problems can be costly in terms of productivity and the effect on colleagues and customers. Counselling is a key skill for… Read More »

Creating A Coaching Culture

A coaching culture transforms your people into enablers of others’ potential. Organisational coaching capability is a powerful source of competitive advantage because it puts learning and people development into a continuous state of implementation, so increasing speed to competence and reducing skills attrition. However, simply putting your people (especially managers) through a skills-based coaching training… Read More »

Net Neutrality? You Got It!

There’s a lot of talk about net neutrality, and with  US legislators voting to abandon net neutrality, with few people understanding why, what it means and who will benefit (and who will lose out) Burger King made a fun ad to help its customers understand what burger neutrality gives them:   If you want the… Read More »

Seven Steps To Building Peer Group Pressure

Peer Group Pressure is the glue that binds high performing team together, creating a self sustaining level achievement within a supportive framework. The Benefits Management can spend less time checking and policing, more time developing building and coaching people A greater sense of belonging is achieved, the inclusiveness informing coherent and aligned behaviours The team… Read More »

Starting Your Own Business?  A Way Back To Employment Or To Escape A Job You Don’t Like

After dreaming about winning the lottery the next most popular lifestyle dream is working for yourself.  Just last week the Government minister, David Willets, suggested graduates should think about starting up their own business last week as an alternative to struggling in the current job market. Often our work involves working for clients who started their… Read More »

Too Little Focus On Barriers To Effective Change

In all change situations there is a (sometimes toxic) mix of both organisational and individual barriers. As most attention is focused on communicating the external reasons for the change (competitive pressures, cost problems, changes to the business model/operating factors etc) the organisational and individual dynamics of change are often ignored or down played. Yet effectively… Read More »

Techniques For Avoiding Redundancy

  There is no sure fire way to avoid redundancy, however there is real evidence of positive discrimination around the criteria used for selection that can improve your chances of staying off the list: How To Avoid Redundancy (Positively) Do the job you are paid to do brilliantly. Create as much additional value around your… Read More »

Ten Metres of Courage

Swedish directors Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson  have made a wonderful little film that highlights human emotions in a totally unexpected way.  The premise is simple enough, people at a swimming baths in Gothenberg climb up a ten metre diving platform and then jump into the pool, or they don’t. These aren’t divers but regular people who have… Read More »

Why This Week Matters In Pay Equality

This week the USA has reached pay equality this week.  Perhaps not in the way you hoped, but this week everyone will be staring work knowing that since January 1 2014, they’ve earned as much as a white non-hispanic male earned between January 1 and December 31 2014.  OK, so it’s taken Latina women an… Read More »

Why Focus Is Important

Creativity gets a bad name because creative thinkers tend to provide good ideas on all problems except the ones they have actually been asked to think about.  This happens for two reasons: The idea that simply messing about will hopefully produce a new idea Focus is insufficiently emphasised Focus Is One Of Three Disciplines Discipline… Read More »

Which is the best match for your organisation structure?

How do you relate to your organisation, how do you fit into its structure?  Do other people view your organisation’s structure the same way you do? Does information flow through your  organisation in the way that it was designed to? Is your organisation’s design optimised for its function? Here’s a handy field guide …