Whatever direction your culture is going in, hybrid working will get you there faster…

If your managers are equipped with basic coaching skills as a matter of course, if you do your best to measure employee contribution and impact fairly, if there's transparency around what 'good' looks like and bad decisions and bad behaviours are addressed quickly, then you probably already gave your staff a high level of autonomy … Continue reading Whatever direction your culture is going in, hybrid working will get you there faster…

So you’re thinking about resigning…

A study by Aviva indicated 59% of UK workers are considering a career change or early retirement as a direct result of the Coronavirus lockdown. A survey of 1000 adults by PeopleCert found that 39% are considering changing career and 1 in 10 are planning to change roles in next 12 months specifically to allow … Continue reading So you’re thinking about resigning…

The CEOs can’t go back to the office, they never left.

Of all the companies I've worked with in the last few years, only one of them has a CEO who really, truly, went home at the beginning of lockdown and stayed there. The others, despite all being in the over-60s risk group when it comes to bad Covid outcomes, never really left. They'd probably tell … Continue reading The CEOs can’t go back to the office, they never left.

“Do we even need an office now we can all work from home?”

For most of us, the last month in lockdown has proved conclusively that work is something you do, not somewhere you go. With minimal advance notice, and despite the extra responsibilities of home-schooling, shopping for relatives and cutting our own hair, we’ve been able to maintain business continuity under significant internal and external pressures. Of … Continue reading “Do we even need an office now we can all work from home?”

Allow me my Bear Grylls moment…

I saw a post yesterday begging people to stop posting their working-from-home advice. It's true, LinkedIn does seem to be inundated with well-meaning posts about how to survive virtual working; what tools to use, how to stay connected with colleagues, how to manage teams you can't see, how to dress, what to eat... and to … Continue reading Allow me my Bear Grylls moment…

At Hallowe’en it’s time to ask – is your ability to lead hampered by hauntings?

In the film of our own lives we naturally have the starring role. We are the captain of our own ship, the protagonist in our own adventures and our destiny is in our own hands. Or is it? Are we in fact all haunted by shadows of our former, current and future selves, sabotaging our … Continue reading At Hallowe’en it’s time to ask – is your ability to lead hampered by hauntings?

Summer reading list

Last post before Summer break... Bill Gates famously shares his summer reading list every year and I've been the grateful recipient: "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson, amazing. On the off-chance that you're cruising the internet looking for business-related literary inspiration and Bill Gates doesn't cut it, try these: Books that helped me articulate what I believe: … Continue reading Summer reading list

“Does not play well with others”… Is there any such thing as a non-team player?

The Team is on the rise. Nearly all the clients I work with are introducing some form of Agile methodology into their workplace, where the unit of currency is team, not individual. In Buckingham and Goodall's 'Nine Lies about Work', Lie #1 provides evidence that the culture at a team level is the single most … Continue reading “Does not play well with others”… Is there any such thing as a non-team player?

Could you be suffering from Cassandra’s Curse? … You know you’re right, so why won’t anyone listen to you?

A briefing from the client: “Can you come in and say everything I’ve been saying but they’ll listen to you because you’re external*/older*/male*/female*/expensive*.” *The specific descriptor varies but essentially 'because you’re not me'. Have you ever been in a meeting and made a suggestion that is ignored only for someone else to make the same … Continue reading Could you be suffering from Cassandra’s Curse? … You know you’re right, so why won’t anyone listen to you?

High-Low, High-Low, it’s off to a performance review we go…

You will be aware there have been heady times in my career when I was a High Performer-High Potential. Why do I think you already know this? It's a bit like that joke - how can you tell if someone has a private pilot's licence? Don't worry, they'll tell you. In my golden era, if … Continue reading High-Low, High-Low, it’s off to a performance review we go…