LUV your Staff on Valentine’s Day

LUV your Staff on Valentine’s Day

We all live busy lives therefore we often forget to show appreciation for our staff, praise them for their efforts and thank them for turning up as the best versions of themselves. Not valuing your staff can lead to issues of demotivation and stress. Mental health problems are common and lead to 70 million work days being lost each year in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year. (more…)...
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The Business Cost of Stress

The Business Cost of Stress

On National Stress Awareness Day I want to focus on the business impact of stress; it is now the single biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK. In 2017/18, 15.4 million days were lost due to stress, depression and anxiety. Stress affects one in five of the working population.  Stress doesn’t discriminate against age, disability, race, faith, gender, sexual orientation or your hierarchical position within an organisation.   It can affect anyone at any time. (more…)...
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How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

I often work with leadership teams helping them with their business transformation. When I do, I am reminded of the Govindarajan and Trimble ‘Three Box Solution’ which is still a very relevant tool kit for an age old problem. Innovation guru Vijay Govindarajan explains the problem in his 2016 book - How do you meet the performance requirements of the existing business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it? Key Leadership Tasks for Business Transformation He suggests three things that a forward thinking CEO or key leadership team must do: (more…)...
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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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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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Gender equality in the boardroom

Gender equality in the boardroom

My take on Gender Equality is featured this month is Shropshire Business, I’ve heard some excuses in my time, but never those more shocking than ‘The Top 10 worst excuses for not appointing women executives’ which featured on BBC News (31st May 2018).  These so called ‘explanations’, from a range of chairs and CEOs were heard by the team behind the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review, as the review reaches it halfway stage. The review was established to increase the number of women in senior positions and has challenged all FTSE companies to ensure at least a third of their board members and leadership are women by 2020. The Top 10 worst ‘explanations’ included: I don't think women fit comfortably into the board environment There aren't that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board - the issues covered are extremely complex Most women don't want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board Read more in Shropshire Businesses...
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