Stop, look and listen if you want more motivated, engaged employees!

To generate engagement and create a great experience, employees need to feel valued. In order to feel valued, they first need to feel like they?re being heard and experiencing opportunities that contribute to the success of the business. This is where listening to understand plays an important role for a leader. Your challenge is to set aside the chaos of your day, the report that needs to be completed, the fire that needs putting out, and be fully present in every conversation.

How I came to like people!

By focusing on what I can control and becoming curious about others As the second of four children I didn?t have much space or ?me-time? when I was growing up. For most of my childhood I shared a bedroom with one of my three siblings and the arguments and disagreements were endless. We would fight (sometimes physically) over space, we …

You are capable of so much more!

Over the weekend I became a Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, which is a huge accomplishment and something I’m so very proud of. Over six months the program forced me to ?challenge myself in new ways and do things I wouldn’t?ordinarily do or didn’t think I was capable of. One of the biggest mental challenges was believing I could …

Sound advice for new leaders

Reflections from Mali ? Coaching people to be better leaders gives me such a buzz. Seeing them transform in their thinking and their approach is so rewarding and I love how life changing it can be. I was chatting with one of my clients, Malith Amarasekera, recently and I had a ?proud? moment. We reflected on where he was when …

Operating rhythm

The silver bullet for business success Ok, so I have this love/hate relationship with routine. For years I?ve been bouncing between having a routine and being spontaneous. I discover a way to do a task efficiently and follow the process for a couple of months before getting irritated by the lack of variety and changing it up, delaying it, or, …

Leader engagement

Hear how Spiz engages his people! ? Often the engagement of leaders is overlooked. We assume that because they?re in a leadership position they should be able to look after themselves. And while it is important for leaders to own and direct their own development it is still the responsibility of their managers to ensure they remain engaged. And if …

One on one conversations matter!

When they?re done right It?s a conversation I had with a friend recently that prompts the topic for this weeks blog. My friend, we?ll call him James, is on the verge of quitting his job. He?s not bored or uninterested in what he?s doing, he loves the idea that what he does genuinely makes a difference in peoples? lives. He …

When to take advice and when to ignore it!

Advice advice ? Part II? Through every big change in my life I?ve been given advice from people who care and want to see me succeed. And I have always accepted their advice with openness and belief that it was right for me?even when perhaps it wasn?t! When I was backpacking around the UK in my early twenties I was …

Do you give too much advice?

Advice advice ? Part I After spending a large part of my working life in banking I?m always nervous about using the term ?advice?. For a banker, giving advice is only allowed after training and accreditation and then it must occur within strict parameters ? anything outside of these is considered a serious breach. Yet, in the leadership space, when …

The role resilience plays in leadership

Outside of my own life experiences, I only understood the importance of being resilient when I became a mentor in the Juno Adaptive Leaders Program. The program partners working professionals with unemployed or disadvantaged community members for a twelve-week period with the objective of getting them back into sustainable employment. If you go with the definition that leadership is the …