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Company culture: the bigger picture

Wayne Turmel

How do we judge a company or team's culture? What role does working together physically play in creating it? Maybe more important, and harder to answer - how do we know?

What Is the language of conscious leadership?

Vlatka Ariaana Hlupic

Words have their own energy and meaning and need to be chosen with care. That's why language is such an important barometer of organisational culture.

Does working remotely make work less toxic?

Wayne Turmel

Some unwelcome workplace behaviors disappear when we work remotely. But when the way we work changes, so do the ways we manage to annoy and undermine each other.

Money talks: the power of salary transparency

Noura Dadzie

In the U.S., six states have passed laws requiring employers to publish salary information in an effort to reduce wage gaps. So should more organisations be prioritising salary transparency?

How culturally intelligent leaders make decisions

David Livermore

What does culturally intelligent decision-making look like for today's global leader? It's certainly not as simple as "just make a decision."

Financial stress and employee wellbeing

Harry Bliss

With the cost-of-living crisis set to continue for the foreseeable future, supporting employees with their financial wellbeing must be a top priority for every employer.

Enough of all this 'quiet quitting'

Wayne Turmel

Every once in a while, the business press gets hold of an idea and works it like a dog with a sock until it's unrecognizable. Such is the case with 'quiet quitting'.

Does it matter if you like the people you work with?

Amanda Nimon-Peters

Most of us need a sense of belonging with the people we spend time with. So working with people we like is good for us as well as the organisations that employ us.

How to build trust on a diverse team

David Livermore

Diverse teams have a harder time trusting each other than homogeneous teams do. Here are three evidence-based ways to go about building that trust.

Is there a place for gossip in the new normal?

Bob Selden

Social chit-chat is a vital part of being human. But how does that fit in with the the new normal of hybrid or home working where our physical contact with others is limited?

Experimenting with scenario planning

James Berry

Scenario planning isnít just about developing proactive strategies to deal with a possible crisis. It can also be a useful way to highlight potential weaknesses in your organisation or operations. Hereís how to go about it.

The demise of the Blackberry and its link to Covid

Bob Selden

What's the link between the iconic Blackberry phone and the Covid pandemic?

Taking time for leadership

Duane Dike

Pondering issues before acting brings new alternatives, fresh perspectives and creative solutions. That why leaders who don't pause to reflect often run into trouble.

Do you trust your new team member?

Wayne Turmel

Think about the way you interact with new members of your team. You might not actively distrust them, but do you act like you trust them?

What is a 'global' leader?

David Livermore

'Global leadership' is one of those fancy terms that gets used in glossy consulting reports and EMBA marketing briefs. But what does it actually mean?

When will they ever learn?

Bob Selden

Boris Johnson's attempt to apologise for attending a Downing Street party during last year's lockdown is a timely reminder about the gulf between making a formal apology and being genuinely sorry.

Five remote team new year's resolutions

Wayne Turmel

The new year is a great time to ask some fundamental questions about how your remote team works together and what needs to change.

The biggest source of conflict on diverse teams

David Livermore

Clashing expectations are the main source of conflict in almost any relationship. And nowhere is that more true than with the intercultural challenges of diverse teams.

The invisible killer of remote teams

Wayne Turmel

There is one factor that can be lethal for remote teams that usually isn't a problem when everyone is in the same place. That invisible killer is exclusion.

There's nothing soft about the heart

Wayne Turmel

Every animal depends on its heart for its existence. Organizations do too, except that rather than a multi-chambered muscle, they rely on leadership, managers and flows of information.

Turning around a dysfunctional team

Matt Jenkins

Bringing together a group of smart, creative and driven people doesn't mean they'll instantly work in sync. In fact, most cross-functional teams are dysfunctional in one way or another. Here are some ways to address that.

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Accountability is more important than accounting

Wayne Turmel

What's more important: that people are working on exactly what you want them working on at that exact moment, or that important tasks and outputs are done on time and team goals are met?

End of furlough anxiety? Belongingness is the answer

Anne-Marie Finch

As the UK's furlough scheme comes to an end after 18 months, how can organisations help people facing the anxiety of returning to the office after an extended time away from the working environment?

Returning to work through the eyes of Maslow

Kon Apostolopoulos

As we design the "next" workplace, we need to shift our focus from where, when, and how employees perform their work, to why they want to perform it.

The culturally intelligent team

David Livermore

It's harder to get things done on a diverse team. But with moderate to high levels of cultural intelligence, diverse teams can outperform homogeneous teams in a number of important ways.

Could Covid make us better managers?

Steven Buck

At a time when the role of the manager has arguably never been more challenging, we are starting to re-evaluate what 'management' really means.

Don't celebrate the failure, celebrate the learning

Kon Apostolopoulos

Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a feedback mechanism that shows us what's not working. We can learn from it and improve, but it should never be a goal in itself.

Harnessing natural intelligence

Rosie Tomkins

All change brings new opportunities. The tree that looks almost dead in the winter bursts with blossom in spring. The frozen wasteland delivers a bountiful harvest in the autumn. As business leaders, we can learn a lot from nature.

Building trust remotely

Wayne Turmel

Trusting the people you work with (and for) has never been easy. But when you work remotely it's even tougher.

Managing time in meetings

Wayne Turmel

One of the main concerns when running a webinar or virtual meeting is managing time effectively so we don't lose sight of what the meeting is actually supposed to accomplish.

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Getting back to work in the post-pandemic world

James M. Kerr

As organizations prepare to get back to work in a post-pandemic world, leaders must focus on just how they intend to get on with work for years to come.

Cultural intelligence and competing with robots

David Livermore

The dystopian view of a future overrun by robots forgets that the human brain gives us some things technology cannot compete with, namely our ability to adapt and create.

Experimenting with scenario planning

James Berry

Scenario planning isnít just about developing proactive strategies to deal with a possible crisis. It can also be a useful way to highlight potential weaknesses in your organisation or operations. Hereís how to go about it.

Presenting online is still presenting

Wayne Turmel

Presenting online is more like a traditional presentation than most people think. But too often, those delivering material online do so in just about the least effective manner possible.

Remember those resolutions you made?

Jurgen Wolff

The chances are that the resolutions you made on Jan 1 are already distant memories. But if you want to avoid making the same resolutions again next year, hereís a simple, four-step process to get you back on track.

Learning is everywhere

Wayne Turmel

What you know now is good for now, but might be completely outdated by tomorrow. This means there's a constant need to learn new things, both formally and informally.

Ten habits of bad management

Andre de Waal

Too many organizations ignore or tolerate bad management. Yet bad managers will never get optimal results, so their tell-tail traits need to recognized and dealt with.

The mortar in a project's wall

Wayne Turmel

What holds a wall together is the mortar between the bricks. And what holds a project together is the effective, clear and proactive communication between individuals.

The myth of change management

Rod Collins

The world is changing much faster than their organizations. And thatís a big problem, because traditional businesses are not designed for adapting to change or aligning with shifting markets.

New year questions for team leaders

Wayne Turmel

What better time than the New Year to stop, reflect on whatís happened in 2020 and gird our loins for what looms ahead. In that spirit of reflection, here are five questions all team leaders should be asking themselves.

Why 'how are you?' is such an important question

Steven Buck

After this unprecedented year, finding ways for a team to connect and address the needs of the whole person rather than focusing solely on work priorities is more important than ever.

How to take expert advice

Wayne Turmel

You could drive yourself crazy trying to follow every piece of advice you get - and often the experts disagree. So how is a rational person supposed to take all this advice without their heads imploding?