For business success now and in the future, you need a great leadership team. By this, we don’t simply mean managers. Managers are vital to keep operations flowing, but we’re talking about your leaders – those that inspire your workforce to reach higher, dream bigger and believe in your business. You may have a team in place that you believe are the right people to lead your employees. But without the correct support, that leadership team won’t fulfil the roles and expectations set for them. To reach their potential as great leaders, they need to feel empowered to go out and [...]
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Innovating is one of those things all businesses think they should be doing, but may not know how to actually go about it. Your business may have already come up with a game-changing idea or product in your industry, but that doesn’t mean you should stop there (did Apple stop innovating after releasing the iPod?) Or you might be looking for a way of making a splash or putting your business on the map. If you’ve been doing the same things the same way for years, you need to start innovating to keep your company relevant and profitable. Here’s our complete [...]
There’s a huge difference between management and leadership. In an ideal world, your managers will offer a balance of both – the skills to organise workloads and projects, and the inspiration that drives teams to excel. Often, employees are promoted to management level in a company because they have been successful in their role, not because they have shown particularly strong management or leadership traits. This means that when they move into management, they fail to live up to expectations. It’s not just new managers that can fall short. Managers who have been in role a long time can become [...]
There’s no doubt about it, procrastination is bad for business. It stops you achieving to the highest level, stunts productivity and breeds complacency. No matter how efficient, proactive and motivated we may think we are, we’re all guilty of procrastination sometimes. This is when you repeatedly put off something that should be done today until tomorrow. Why do we do it? Some tasks are just not that appealing; either they’re too difficult, will involve uncomfortable conversations or risky decisions, or maybe we’re afraid of failure. It’s all too easy to put tasks that you don’t want to deal with to [...]
The UK business climate is changing at lightning speed. From AI to Brexit, there’s always something around the corner to disrupt trading conditions and buying habits, and stunt your business growth. Businesses that survive this rocky ride are those that are willing to get out of their comfort zone; changing their processes, people, service offering, or even their whole culture. Treading water is not an option in 2019. Businesses need to evolve and innovate if they are to be successful now and into the future. You probably know this. You may think you’re already ahead of the game. But when did [...]
Habits are hard to break, especially if we don’t know we’re doing them. In business, some habits can have a negative impact on your ability to grow and succeed. It’s easy to get tied up in the day-to-day needs of your business in this 24-hour, infinitely connected world. Daily management and short term problem solving can take up your whole attention, leaving little room for reflection. You’re so busy ‘doing’, you’re falling into bad habits without even realising it. Identifying bad habits – and replacing them with good habits – can have a dramatic effect on your people, productivity and future [...]
If you’re looking to uplevel your team and aid them as you navigate a big shift, like a merger, transition coaching probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. It may not even be the second. Yet the right transition coach is an incredibly powerful force, capable of easing your business through the restructuring of your business, the acquisition process, or other major changes within your company, and ensuring that any changes occurring with your company or personal are as painless as possible. Having coach on-hand to guide your team through tricky transitions is incredibly empowering, and can be the [...]
England has come crashing out of the World Cup, but our players are coming home heroes having gotten further in the competition than any team we’ve put forward since 1990. Their success is being credited to manager Gareth Southgate and his leadership style; calm, authoritative, and above all collaborative. What can business leaders learn from him to propel their teams to greater success? It’s not just about donning a waistcoat. Southgate has been developing some of his players for years in the England Under 21s; he’s been thinking long-term. He knows what he wants each player to do and he [...]
Any career goes through many phases and sometimes professionals need a little help to smoothly transition from one role to another. Whether moving up to management level, leading a new team or division, or returning to work after a break, the right support and training is vital for successful transitions. Rather than an optional extra, transition coaching has become an essential tool for the modern business. Enabling staff to excel at their roles from the get-go brings huge benefits – boosting productivity and ultimately, profitability. Effective support in – maximum performance out. Simple, right? Yet so often, employers get it [...]
The key to a happy and productive workforce is making sure they feel important and valued. Follow our eight steps to staff empowerment and help them reach their full potential. If you’re a manager, your success depends on the success of your team. Empowering your employees unlocks their full potential, increasing productivity and creativity. A workforce that is engaged, supported and challenged will not just ‘survive’ in their roles, but thrive and achieve. Sparking imagination in the workplace can be difficult, so here are eight top tips to inspire and empower your employees to take more responsibility, and create a [...]