Commerciality is the Key to Greater Performance

Commerciality is the Key to Greater Performance

It’s been a dismal first half of the year for town and city centres. We have seen the spectacular collapse of Maplin, Toys R Us, Poundland and Chimichanga and retailers like House of Fraser, Mothercare and New Look have axed branches in a desperate attempt to stay afloat. In fact, one headline called it ‘Hell on the high street’ and with sales also in decline we should be braced for more shop and restaurant closures. (more…)...
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A Surprising Trigger for Making Bad Decisions

A Surprising Trigger for Making Bad Decisions

I don’t know about you but I really struggle to function properly when I’m hungry.  I can’t seem to concentrate and I have to confess…  I can also get a bit short tempered. Well, according to a recent article in Psychologies Magazine, researchers have explained the connection between hunger and anger.  When our blood sugar drops, cortisol and adrenaline rise in our bodies.  This triggers the release of neuropeptides, which affect the way our brains work. (more…)...
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Team Work and a Tour de Force

Team Work and a Tour de Force

One of my favourite things to do every summer is to watch the Tour de France.   Not just on the television but to be able to stand at the sides of the roads in the scorching heat of Southwest France and cheer on the peloton (main group of cyclists) in person.   And this summer was no different. Like many of the locals and tourists we set off early to find the best spot and waited and waited and waited.   First comes the Caravan showering individuals at the roadside with free gifts, hats, bags, sweets, and much, much more, promptly followed by a few peloton lead support cars, closely followed by numerous Gendarmerie on their motorbikes.  And then everything goes quiet.   And the waiting recommences. Finally, the helicopters start circling overhead (this is always the giveaway that the peloton is coming) and the excitement starts again and then within a few seconds the peloton whizzes by before your eyes. But, that's not the end...
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Stemming the Loss of Talent through Exit Interviews

Stemming the Loss of Talent through Exit Interviews

Do you really know the reason why people leave your organisation?   Understanding the choices that people make, the opportunities they seek and the reasons why they no longer want to work for you are invaluable in reducing turnover. Some organisations however shy away from this golden opportunity to seek feedback.   Exit interviews are often tick box exercises, conducted by individuals who fail to recognise the important of drilling down and establishing the real reason why people leave. (more…)...
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Poldark Actress Questions Gender Pay Gap

Poldark Actress Questions Gender Pay Gap

OK... I love watching Poldark! Equally so does my husband, my friends and my mother and father-in law. Yet even this addictive Sunday night viewing doesn’t seem to be unscathed from the ever-increasing diversity and gender gap debates. On screen of late, Demelza Poldark appears to be holding the fort in Cornwall, running the mining business as well as running the home and being mother to two. She is also seen positively influencing important wealthy dignitaries for her husband as he takes up his seat in as an MP in Westminster. (more…)...
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Leadership Lessons from a School’s Sports Day!

Leadership Lessons from a School’s Sports Day!

It's that time of year again when the annual Sports Day looms. The excitement had been building for weeks at my son’s school ahead of annual Sports Day. The children had been practicing in their weekly sports/PE sessions and all that remains (I thought) was for me to attend on the day and cheer everyone on as houses competed against each other in order to win points. The sun was shining and the parents' chatter was warm and friendly as children valiantly competed in race after race. The team spirit really shone through as parents congratulated their children, not only for winning, but also for taking part. (more…)...
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