The Neil Diamond Effect – Managers Engagement

After some time and more great songs those on the elevated seats around the arena started to get off their seats and dance. It started slowly with only the first couple of rows dancing, this was followed up with a ripple effect until the majority of people in all the rows were up and dancing.

It was interesting to watch the engagement with his audience and how time, influence or maybe confidence took over and Mr Diamond had the majority of people on their feet.

The Bike Shed Effect

Why are Managers not owning unproductive meetings, are they enablers? Is there a culture within your business that silently promotes this… Qui tacet consentit, – silence gives consent.

Six simple truths to getting over the Bike Shed Effect in meetings…

Make or break – Seven simple steps to delivering a great presentation

Watching her deliver, she is in front of the room, reaching out, loud and clear and yet not saying a thing, verbally at least.   She looks the part, she’s moved the lectern to the side and her presentation is 4 … Continued

The great, the bland and the downright awful…

Leaders and/or Managers come in many shapes and sizes, many styles, many levels of experience and many levels of adequacy from the great and inspirational, the mediocre, the bland and then the downright awful… The Great There are the great … Continued

Appraisals, Why bother?

Early February I had a meeting with a HR Manager who was talking in general about what was happening within the business. He excitedly spoke about new projects, existing projects, new training initiatives, people problems and in the same breathe he mentioned the word “appraisals” and his body language instantly changed.

Your Reputation Far Exceeds Your Marketing

Marketing is a lot closer to home than often realised. The bad news for companies; This form of marketing cannot be controlled. This form of marketing is your staff – your employees, from the most junior to the most senior. … Continued

Tesco forgot their customers

It’s been reported today (14th of October 2014) by the BBC that Supermarket giant Tesco has asked three more executives to leave their posts as the fall-out continues from its £250m profit guidance overstatement. They take the number of suspended executives to eight.

Watch – Manipulation vs Inspiration

As a manager, are you aware of how to get the best from your employees in an ethical and rewarding way? Margo discusses the difference between manipulating employees versus inspiring them to get the job done and how to tell the difference between the two!

Work-life balance? Get real…

Why do you work late into the evening and all weekend and then complain… I haven’t seen the children, partner, friends, family etc. For some you feel you have to work late… the company culture dictates it, promotion depends on it, income depends on it and so forth. This is very true of males and females with or without children.

Collaboration – Foe or Friend

People don’t understand how to collaborate. … and in particular what happens is under pressure people revert to type, so at some point the person might have been taught how to collaborate but once they’re put under pressure for whatever reason, they will revert to aggression rather than collaboration”.