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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Is your Manager Confident or Cowardly?

Is your Manager Confident or Cowardly?

It’s been bandied around professional publications for some time now that many organisations are scrapping the appraisal scheme. Whilst this may be great news for some, it still presents many questions.  What are they going to be replaced with?  How will learning needs be agreed and identified?  If pay is linked with performance, how will this be decided?  But of equal importance, how will people know how their performance is perceived by others? (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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A New Way to Attract and Retain Talent

A New Way to Attract and Retain Talent

I was recently interviewed for a podcast by Leanne Spencer of Bodyshot Performance about how wellbeing is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for companies wanting to recruit and retain staff. These were some of the things we discussed: Why Wellness at Work is Essential Wellness is no longer a buzzword, it is an essential ingredient for any organisation to operate effectively. Business owners and executives need to ensure employees are able to come to work, fit and healthy and have the right environment in which to thrive. (more…)...
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