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Five (coach free!) ways to increase your team’s productivity

Five (coach free!) ways to increase your team’s productivity

Whether your business is full steam ahead or you’re still grappling with local lockdowns, achieving results with people in your team is more important than ever. But that doesn’t mean it comes easily.

Our journey through lockdown to become a McKinsey ‘Resilient’. And what we learnt along the way…

Our journey through lockdown to become a McKinsey ‘Resilient’. And what we learnt along the way…

OK, hands up. I’m not sure the good folks of McKinsey really know we exist. So I thought I’d share what we learnt.

Spring Survey Results: the biggest challenges facing businesses right now. With practical tips on how to overcome them.

Spring Survey Results: the biggest challenges facing businesses right now. With practical tips on how to overcome them.

We’ve been trying to make sense of things (in much the way you have), so we sent a mini-survey to a group of our clients and contacts to get a pulse check on how they’re feeling right now and what challenges they think might be coming over the horizon.

One thing we often forget to do…

One thing we often forget to do…

Have you been climbing the walls dealing with all of the fallout from this crisis? Furlough, remote working etc; etc; …..? And finding how hard work it is? Me too. Relentless.

How I became a feedback pro (the hard way)

How I became a feedback pro (the hard way)

One of the reasons some of my relationships have gone awry and friendships have fizzled is because I wasn’t good at taking feedback or criticism. I BIG TIME didn’t know I had a choice over how I reacted.

Do you feel way busier and more under pressure than you ever have been?

Do you feel way busier and more under pressure than you ever have been?

As part of the work I do, I get a lot of opportunities to check in with business leaders. This allows me to take a ‘pulse’ on the issues of the day that are impacting them. Often becoming aware of patterns in the types of challenges we’re all facing.

The Number One Secret to Successful Leadership

The Number One Secret to Successful Leadership

We’re facing some of the biggest challenges in business and leadership for a very long time. The Covid 19 crisis is putting pressure on leaders across the spectrum, and no doubt you’re feeling that pressure too. Deciding what to do, and how to think things through effectively to make those decisions, has never been more important.

7 Questions for Better Boardroom Decision Making

7 Questions for Better Boardroom Decision Making

I expect you’ve been feeling the pressure to make the right decisions as events unfold in this Covid crisis. Who should we bring back from Furlough? How should we arrange the office? What business should we go after? What assumptions should we make? What does our strategy look like for the next 3 and 6 months, and beyond?

Recognising those who are keeping the lights on…

Recognising those who are keeping the lights on…

We’ve heard a lot since the pandemic started about the word recognition, it appears to be somewhat of a buzzword now, like ‘unprecedented’ or ‘pivot’. But I’m much more interested in how it’s manifesting itself on the ground so to speak – in ‘the doing’ part, not ‘the knowing’..

What your staff might need from you now, six weeks into lockdown

What your staff might need from you now, six weeks into lockdown

The UK has now been in lockdown for six weeks. That’s six weeks of only leaving the house for up to an hour a day, six weeks of supermarket fights for toilet rolls and flour, 42 days of journalists asking questions to cabinet ministers, and over 1,000 hours spent in close proximity to our nearest and dearest.

Are you finding yourself reverting to old behaviour patterns?

Are you finding yourself reverting to old behaviour patterns?

If you’ve been flat out in crisis mode or adjusting to home working with your kids running about the place, I suspect the last thing you’ve been thinking about as a leader is your own personal development.

Planning for the Unplannable

Planning for the Unplannable

There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen

Making Forward Planning Easier to Think About

Making Forward Planning Easier to Think About

As we continue coping with the COVID crisis and all it entails, on both a personal level and a business one, it may sometimes feel that this thing is too vast to get one’s head around.

Got a plan? Then why is nobody sticking to it?

Got a plan? Then why is nobody sticking to it?

As a manager, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just say, “this week we’re going to do X,” and it just happened? No fuss, no bother.

Are you clear where you’re heading in 2020…but more importantly are your staff?

Are you clear where you’re heading in 2020…but more importantly are your staff?

How’s 2020 shaping up for you? Do you know which direction you want to take the business this year? Are you making progress? Are you sure? But arguably more importantly, have you made sure your staff are part of what you’re trying to achieve?

Caught up in day to day noise with no time for anything else? Could this be why?

Caught up in day to day noise with no time for anything else? Could this be why?

We often find ourselves coming around to the subject of operational noise in discussions we have with senior managers. It’s the stuff that swims around in your head, the constant interruptions that prevent you taking a step back to think about the bigger picture.

How to deal with resistance – Google research on High Performing Teams

How to deal with resistance – Google research on High Performing Teams

I talked last month about the work that Google did around effective teams and how one of their Site Reliability Managers created a High Performing Team of his own.

What Makes a Good Team Great? According to Google

What Makes a Good Team Great? According to Google

What comes to mind when you think about your experiences of being part of a team? Have they been like a well-oiled machine that delivers the results, followed by high fives all round?

7 Ways to Get A Different Perspective

7 Ways to Get A Different Perspective

Do you ever feel that most of what you do is in the service of others – and burn-out is just around the corner? We had some great contributions from people who’ve managed to find the reset button and get a different perspective – and it’s having a great effect on them personally and professionally.

Are You Looking After Your Company’s Greatest Assets?

Are You Looking After Your Company’s Greatest Assets?

You know it’s your employees, right? Sometimes you may lose sight of that – so, let’s take a moment to reconnect with why your people really are your greatest asset (and how you can keep them super productive and onside)