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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15 Top tips for working ‘on’ your business (not ‘in’ it)

15 Top tips for working ‘on’ your business (not ‘in’ it)

It’s not uncommon these days for leaders to realise they need to be working ‘on’ the business more – which means less rolling up your sleeves and getting lost in the operational noise and more bigger picture thinking.