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 [...]
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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 [...]
Implementing changes in your business, big or small, is a challenge. From switching to flexible or mobile working to bringing in new management or a complete overhaul of your processes, seeing those changes through successfully is a tough task. Companies often spend huge financial and people resources on change programmes, and yet according to Towers Watson via Forbes, only 55% of change management objectives are met and only 25% of change programmes achieve long term success. How is it that so many highly trained executives drive such low levels of success? Getting the processes right is just one piece of [...]