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The quest for flexibility

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

Quest for flexibility

“Happier employees equal a more productive workforce.”

The quest for flexibility

What would you do if you won the lottery? Maybe you’d choose to build your dream home, travel more, retrain and change career or support causes you believe in. Whatever your answer, it’s a good way to see what choices you’d make if money was no object.

What if time wasn’t as much of an issue? What would you do with an extra four hours a week? Work more? Exercise more? Read more? Watch more tv? Simply take the time to have a coffee and think?

Between the pressures of work, family, commuting, hobbies, life admin and unexpected bumps in the road, there never seems to be enough time for everything we want to do.

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Getting the most from your team

Posted on Mar 8, 2019

Team building puzzle pieces

“A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn”

Getting the most from your team

Take a bunch of rag-tag underdogs, some wise cracks, a dollop of Hollywood pizzazz and hey presto, a cult classic is born. An early 1990s movie about ice hockey might seem an unlikely place to draw inspiration for leaders and managers, but stick with us.

In The Mighty Ducks, actor Emilio Estevez takes on the role of Gordon Bombay. Once a star ice hockey player, Bombay finds himself, courtesy of enforced community service, coaching a low-ranking local team. He teaches them a few tricks, learns a little something along the way and so on and so Hollywood.

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Don’t mention the strategy

Posted on Jan 29, 2019

Business woman working with team to develop business strategy

As a leader, you need to be able to explain your strategy to your team in a short, succinct manner.

Don’t mention the strategy

A new approach can result in a meaningful strategy plan, rather than a worthless document that just collects dust

Moments before he was about to go into a meeting with the chief executive of a major retailer, an executive took Martin Reeves aside and told him not to mention strategy. A tricky ask, considering Reeves is a strategist (as well as being an author and member of The Boston Consulting Group’s strategy practice leadership team).

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Simple steps to improving your leadership in 2019

Posted on Jan 3, 2019

Business woman standing with her staff in background at modern bright office conference room

Be a better leader

Simple steps to improving your leadership

Can you remember your worst boss? Did their micromanagement make your life a misery? Or was it their lack of respect that pushed you over the edge?

In a recent blog post, recruitment firm Cpl considers what makes a bad boss. Micromanagement, not backing up their team, too much ego and unrealistic demands were all cited as red flags. “As many companies strive to improve diversity and company culture, there are still bosses out there that drive their employees to quit,” Cpl’s post notes.

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The benefits of giving

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Woman holding sign that says Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility

The benefits of giving

The next few weeks will likely be a flurry of activity at work: getting projects over the line before year end, setting goals and budgets for the year ahead, and finishing off all those niggly admin tasks that have slid to the bottom of the to-do list.

And outside the office, you’ve probably got plenty to think about too: buying gifts, ordering festive food and arranging the logistics of your family’s holiday celebrations.

But, if you can find a moment, now is a good time to reflect on how you as a leader and your company gives back all year round.

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Becoming bolder

Posted on Nov 22, 2018

Woman looking deep in thought about a decision she is making.

Becoming bolder.

Speak out or shut up?

What would you do when there is something going on in your organisation that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Do you speak out, even though it could put your job and reputation at risk? By getting your strategy right, you are more likely to get the outcome you want – and come out unscathed.

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