How Your Company Culture Develops

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

If It Ain’t Broke, Why Fix It?

I was discussing a dilemma that one of my clients was facing. He was telling me about the challenges his team was going through, and how he had tried to rectify them.

Help! I Work For A Bully!

I once worked for a bully. It wasn’t that his ideas weren’t good. In fact, they were often excellent and would, in time, prove effective.

How To Make Sure Our Communications Are Clear

A little girl was waiting her turn in the queue in the shop. Being only seven years old, she displayed that childhood naivety that endears us to young minds. She was obviously on an important errand for her mother.

How To Become A Super-Leader

Mike was adamant that his idea was a good one, and he was determined to make it work in the office. What he hadn’t bargained for was the reaction his team displayed when he announced his ‘great initiative’. The team were distinctly underwhelmed by it all, and, although Mike did his best to manage the[…..]

Getting Your People Committed To Change

You don’t need me to tell you that turning round a failing business is difficult. Having the right strategy and good organisational skills, plus a good product, simply aren’t enough these days.

Think You Know What Motivates? Try Again!

So, are you certain you really know what motivates your staff? Well, most managers today have heard that money isn’t the key motivator for most people. And even if you think your people are different, consider this… After you get a raise, even if it is what you really want (like a new car), pretty soon[…..]

Getting Staff To Be Engaged At Work

Many managers struggle to get their employees to be engaged with their jobs. Comments range from “I just can’t motivate them” to “They’re only here for the money” to “No-one wants to work these days”.

Control The Pace, Control The Results

“An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and direction unless acted upon by an outside force” – Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion.