Here at Team Building London we had a great 2016. We have worked with companies such as Bayer, Jaguar Land Rover, Clarins and Warner Bros, helping teams to grow, to work together and to celebrate their achievements. Continue reading
Often in business people stick with tried and tested methods, or follow certain processes not because it is the most efficient way; but because historically that is just how things have been done. Continue reading
Everyone likes to think of themselves as a good boss, but leading a team can have its challenges. Try this test to measure your manager, or if you dare to quantify your own leadership qualities.
You might think that squeezing into a crowded restaurant is the only option for a team Christmas party, but there are so many other options.
Check out our five favourite alternative Christmas do ideas.
With the cost and time required to train new staff, current employees can be invaluable to a company and so steps should be made to keep them.
As the 2016 Olympics gets closer, we are running a range of special team games inspired by the ultimate sporting competition.
Getting enough sleep is important not just for our health, but in order to function as a good leader. This, combined with a positive team, honesty and much more is the perfect recipe for great leadership. Follow these 10 tips closely and you yourself could be on the way to becoming a great team leader which can improve the efficiency of both your colleagues and your business.
How many times have you reached the end of the working day only to find that you have barely made a dent in your ever-growing to-do list?
However good your intentions may have been that morning, if you are not working efficiently then this can happen all too often.
We’ve got 5 tips to share with you, from the most productive people we’ve worked with:
1. Get enough sleep
To get the most out of your day, start the night before by making sure that you get enough sleep. Take time to wind down and try to avoid looking at screens right before bedtime- the blue light they emit stimulates your brain which can make it harder to get to sleep. Wake early and try to include some exercise- a 30 minute walk is a great way to kick-start a productive day.
2. Prioritise your task list
Stephen Covey coined the phrase ‘Keep the main thing the main thing’, along with ‘Begin with the end in mind’, one of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Remembering these rules can help us focus on the work that matters and to avoid getting caught up in distractions of the day that hold us up from reaching our goals.
3. Get the right fuel
Tempting as it might be to skip meals because you simply ‘don’t have time’, you need energy to keep you working at your best. Breakfast is essential to prepare you for a productive day, and if you can try to eat lunch away from your desk- even a 10 minute break from looking at your screen can make for a much more productive afternoon.
4. Beat the clock
Challenge timings to fit more into your day- if you feel that meetings always drag on far longer than necessary, why not see if a 60 minute meeting can be squeezed into 30 minutes? If you have been dreading a certain task, set yourself a timer and dedicate your focus to it fully- you may be surprised how quickly you get it done!
5. Make 1 Minute Count
In the seminal One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson explain how just 60 seconds spent giving one to one praise, coaching or correction can have a substantial impact on the staff we manage, and consequently our own time.
How often do you take time out to reflect on your business?
To be more effective and productive, sometimes you need to take a step back and review things- past successes, future plans, and perhaps those which didn’t go as expected.
In reality we don’t always get a chance to reflect as often as we should thanks to the fast pace of life in the business world, and so we are forced into making speedy decisions on the go without always having the chance to think them though. This can increase the risk of bad choices being made, as it is through reflection that we learn from our mistakes. By having clear plans we are able to make good decisions with conviction.
The benefits of reflecting
Reflection sets us up for success, as it can help to bring clarity to our thoughts and enables us to work out the goals that are most important to us. It also provides an opportunity to come up with new ideas, by giving our thoughts the space they deserve.
If you struggle to remember the last time you took some extended time to reflect, then consider booking in some time over the coming months- whether individually or with your team. Facilitated discussions can be a great way to come up with new ideas as well as providing an opportunity for team building.
Time to get out of the office
Taking time away from your desk can help to allow reflection, and Team Building London offer refreshing and motivating activities to get you and the team in a different frame of mind.
From the bustling markets, to the iconic historic buildings of the city, London provides the perfect backdrop to inspire reflection and change for your business.
Receiving an unexpected resignation letter is a big hit, not only to you but for the company too. Losing an employee who is a productive and trusted team member is hard to replace and means the start of a tedious, uncertain recruitment process.
Choosing a new recruit correctly is great, but making a bad hire is a sap on precious management time, energy and emotion.
Here are some quick tips to help you increase your chances of hiring someone quickly and efficiently:
Approach Good People Before Vacancies Arise
It is always good to keep an eye and ear out for rising stars within the industry, or people who possess certain skills that could make them a strong team member. It is a good idea to take an interest in their career, their life and try to understand their aspirations. Building a relationship with a network of people will always make filling a vacancy much easier.
List The Character Traits That Are Non-Negotiable
Finding people for a role is easy, but finding people that will be a good fit can be much harder. By making a list of the character traits that are definitely required, it will make you much less likely to make a bad hire. After an interesting bad experience with a dishonest sales person one organisation simply added ‘liars need not apply’ to their next posting and saw the amount of responses drop but the quality of these candidates rose.
Answer Every Answer With A Question
Although someone may come across well in an interview, the chances are they have had time to practice their responses. If you can find a way to answer every answer with a question, you will be able to find out if the candidate’s answers lack substance. Finding out what happened in their previous role is helpful but by drilling down into the details is much better.
Involve The Team
Some roles are often best recruited not through interview but through an audition instead. By inviting the candidate to work amongst the team for a day, you can ask the team at the end of the day to comment and vote on the candidate’s suitability of that person for the role.