Strengths overplayed – how many Donald Trumps lurk in your organisation?

How do you ensure an individual’s unique strengths add value, and continue to add value, even when circumstances change? Some of you may have been taking an interest in the US election drama unfolding across the water. Donald Trump’s unexpected popularity in the Republican Presidential nominee race provides us with a fantastic example of strengths … Continued

Reframing performance management

We are well aware of the dissatisfaction with performance management in many organisations. In fact as many as 86% of organisations have either recently changed or are about to change their performance management processes – some quite radically (Deloitte, 2014). One of the major criticisms is a manager’s ability to handle critical or negative feedback … Continued

Millennnial meaning and how to discover it for ourselves

During hardened economic times, such as these we have been experiencing since 2008, material success is much more difficult to come by.  As a result, individuals come to rethink what constitutes success. Success during times of economic hardship becomes less about material prosperity and more about something else. Millennials are looking for something else.. It … Continued

What if we could develop authenticity in our leaders?

Being an authentic leader is what we all crave. But in our day to day interactions we are often required to undertake activities which pull us away from being authentic. This can makes us feel fake or uncomfortable and these feelings are  transparent to those around us. Karissa Thacker is a workplace psychologist, executive coach, … Continued

A quick guide to strengths

What are strengths? Academics and consultants differ in their definitions. Some see it as the application of innate talent – naturally recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Others see it as values (what we hold dear) playing out through our actions. Gallup Strengthsfinder is one of the longest established strengths based assessments around. As … Continued

What if we were courageous?

Why is it that we overestimate risk and underestimate our own ability to deal with that risk? All organisations need employees who are prepared to push themselves and take responsibility for developing themselves. But many of us are playing to not lose, rather than playing to win. Why is this? Neurologically we are hardwired to … Continued

What 4 questions do leaders need to ask to win hearts and minds?

Winning the hearts of minds of employees adds real value to an organisations’s share value. In Firms of Endearment, organisations such as Wholefoods or Zappos, typically outperformed the S&P 500 by a magnitude of 10:1 over a 15 year period. They even outperformed those companies identified by Jim Collins as being ‘Good to Great’ by … Continued

What if we promoted co-operation over competition?

I am reading Margaret Heffernan’s book, A Bigger Prize Why Competition Isn’t Everything, and the potential for organisations to build performance through social cohesion is huge. Margaret Heffernan is a former CEO of five businesses, an author and entrepreneur and this particular book highlights the opportunities missed by organisations who create and enable competition amongst … Continued

What if mindfulness got in the way of creativity?

Much has been researched and published about the positive impact of mindfulness (or mental focusing). Better decision making, lower levels of stress and greater well being are just three benefits purportedly delivered by practising mindfulness on a regular basis. However, is it always beneficial to introduce mindfulness in to the workplace and what if mindfulness … Continued

What if we asked first and listened next

Feedback can demotivate an individual and lead to a drop in performance. And yet feedback is a critical component of any manager’s job. Is there a better way to deliver feedback which leaves employees feeling motivated and positive about their performance potential? It doesn’t matter if it’s negative or positive feedback in more than one … Continued