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Team building + Volunteering = Business win

I’ve been doing my bit! Click here to donate today to my Muddy Race for Life…   If I told you that approximately 70% of FTSE 100 companies have a volunteering programme, would you be surprised? I know I was! So, there must be a compelling reason why our biggest and most successful corporates do this. After all, they have budgets and performance targets like the rest of us. So how do they justify this ‘charitable’ financial commitment to their returns-hungry shareholders? Because they know that engaged employees make better… Continue Reading
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Duvet Day, yay or nay?

Let’s face it, life just doesn’t get any easier. We are collectively working longer hours than ever before, juggling busier working lives and family commitments. What with the prospect of health issues left right and centre (dicky knee, anyone?!), eternal traffic jams and seemingly endless queues for our daily shot of Skinny Cortado I’m surprised we even make it through the week! Some days we just want and need to STOP. Turn off the alarm. Stay in bed. Rest. Relax and recharge. So why not? Why not just pull a… Continue Reading
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You, Me and the Big C

Who was it that said, ‘cancer is a personal issue, not a professional one’? Well, I am going to beg to differ. The harsh reality is that 1 in 2 of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. That’s you, or me. Scary isn’t it? And significantly, around 750,000 of the 2 million people currently living with cancer are of working age, according to research by Macmillan; so I say that makes it a business issue! The great news is that more people are surviving cancer than… Continue Reading
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A four day week. Really?!!

Crikey. The TUC has called for a shorter, 4 day working week. Did I go to bed last night and wake up in 1974?!! Surely this would be an unmitigated disaster for a small business? But according to the accompanying TUC survey, 4 out of 5 people want to cut their working hours without loss of pay – people are feeling over-worked and taken advantage of. Given the phenomenal advances in technology that are yielding businesses big financial gains, employees are feeling, not surprisingly, a little narked that they aren’t… Continue Reading
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Executive coaching

Successful businesses are led by successful leaders. So if your business is on the up, chances are it’s all down to you! But when busy growing your business it’s very tempting to focus all your time and efforts on the development of your employees, forgetting that the success of the business is directly linked to you; your vision, your drive, your skills and your ambition!! Yes, coaching your teams is vitally important, but YOU are your business’s key person. And chances are that your business is now at a different… Continue Reading
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Coaching for success

Given the myriad examples of successfully coached teams this Summer, I wonder how many of us have taken the very large hint that it may well be very worth investing in some business coaching? You can help your employees improve their current performance, or in the case of an already effective employee, help them become more effective. Performance coaching is a powerful tool when managers take advantage of its usefulness. So come on, get your waistcoats on and be a little bit Gareth Southgate. There is no doubt about it… Continue Reading
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Car Free or Car Share?

Every year on or around 22 September, people from around the world get together in their businesses, streets and neighbourhoods to remind the world that, believe it or not, there are alternatives to the car! As the climate heats up, and with over one billion vehicles on the road around the globe, World Car Free Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put the pressure on city and town planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport. Our very own… Continue Reading
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Improving Performance is as easy as 123

Ok, maybe not! But it doesn’t take a business guru to tell you that if you want your company to thrive, you need to make sure that your staff are firing on all cylinders. Of course though, as is often the case when it comes to the tricky business of managing people, this can be much easier said than done. If you want to achieve big things, you need clear and effective processes in place to help you to get there. Your line managers play a huge role in creating… Continue Reading
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