12 May 2020

When it comes to managing the dynamics of the people in your team, near enough is not good enough. When people talk about a business being ‘siloed’ - what they are actually referring to is a business that has created so many people ‘work arounds’ or people ‘avoidances’, that entire business units no longer function effectively. This can stem from something as simple as two Department Hea...

23 Apr 2020

Despite the difficulties that COVID19 has brought to countries and economies and families, there is still a lot to be grateful for. Health and emergency services workers, Defence personnel and businesses staying open above and beyond normal hours to provide essential services for those in need. In our world, we are also grateful for those business owners, CEOs and Managers that we are wo...

28 Feb 2020

When it comes to performance, cohesion and trust, what would you rate your team out of 10 right now? In my experience, most answer a 6 or 7. If you want to know what it takes to answer that question with a 9 or above, come and join us on 12 March 2020 for an interactive discussion on high performance teams and the conversations that need to take place. #highperformanceteams #lea...

06 Dec 2019

Learning On The Lead - Lesson 7
Lesson 7: Learn the things you shouldn't do in the team. There are many disadvantages to running your own business, but one advantage is being able to work the way you want; particularly when the subject of this blog is asleep at my feet. Lesson 7 follows on from Lessons 1, 5 and 6, and relates to behaviour that is not accepted by the team. As Jake has developed from a puppy in our house...

02 Dec 2019

Leadership is not a birthright and it is not something passed from one family or generation to the other. Leadership is both a responsibility and a reward - most importantly it is a choice. Importantly, leadership can be learned, improved and worked upon like any other business skill or behaviour. One key to improvement is knowing where you skills - your strengths and your developm...

25 Nov 2019

Great leaders are great simplifiers. What can you take control of this morning to make life simpler for the people around? Mondays can be a mad rush - planning and tasks to complete, meeting to attend and people to see. What can you do this morning (what can you add, take away, explain without jargon) that will make life for your team easier this week? That one thing can make the world o...

22 Nov 2019

Learning On The Lead - Lesson 6
Leadership Lesson 6 - Trust is built over months, not seconds It took me quite a while to realise this, but the relationship between a dog and its owner is all about trust. There are certain things that I expect Jake to do, and there are certain things that he expects of me. When those expectations are met and not broken, we have started to build trust. For me, trust is a fairly simple t...

14 Nov 2019

Lesson 5 - Consistency is crucial to trust and understanding. As you may have gathered with previous posts, having Jake in our house has been a learning experience. One of the greatest areas of learning has been in the art of consistency across all members of the family. Like most dog owners, we wanted Jake to be able to sit on command; when he is on the lead and at the side of the road...

07 Nov 2019

Learning On the Lead Lesson 4
Lesson 4: Greet your team members like you are meeting them for the first time every day. This lesson sounds over the top and cheesy, but give me the opportunity to explain. I am sure that you have seen dogs like Jake before; as soon as I get home there is a huge wag of the tail, more jumping than I would like, and a desperate need to be patted. There is no doubt in my mind that he...

06 Nov 2019

Wednesday is all about gratitude - for the opportunity to work in a field I love, with clients that have the same passion for leadership, team and culture development that I do. The team at People Equity are a joy to work with - Gabby Symons and Nicola Crocco are taking their team and performance to new heights (and yes, I love a flight / Air Force analogy!) Thank you for your kind...