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Get Your Team Performing

5 Tips To Help Your New Team Perform

Bruce Tuckman’s wise words about the 4 stages of development (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing) are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago.

Get Your Team Performing

Get Your Team Performing

Improving the performance of a team right from the outset is important, so here are 5 ways you can get them started on the right foot:

1.       Embrace Different Strengths

Successful teams consist of people with a variety of different strengths and qualities. Some members of the team will enjoy solving problems, other will tend to focus on the process methodically and others will enjoy generating new ideas. Embrace the different strengths and use them together. Continue reading

There are a number of things that should be gained from a team building day

What Should Your Team Achieve At A Team Building Day?

Team building days present a unique opportunity to achieve a number of positive outcomes for your team, some of which we will mention in this blog.

There are a number of things that should be gained from a team building day

There are a number of things that should be gained from a team building day

The potential of team building events can often be lost due to rushed planning, a simple lack of energy and fun and some unrealistic expectations, but a good team building away day can achieve great things for your team and company.

Some of these include:

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Instant team motivation

Five Ideas For Instant Team Motivation

Improving your team’s motivation doesn’t always have to cost the company money. Read our top tips on how you can improve your team’s morale with little effort and no monetary investment!

Instant team motivation

Instant team motivation

1. Take time to thank your team at least once a day. Try not to stick to just a simple ‘Thank you’ when they complete a task you’ve asked them to do, but write a paragraph explaining how useful it has been and how you appreciate it. Doing this will help increase productivity.

2. Make tea and coffee for people occasionally. The best leaders aren’t too proud to do the little things in order to help others and this act of generosity will show your team that you have time for them. Continue reading

Children can teach leadership through building a sandcastle.

3 Lessons Our Children Can Teach Us About Leadership

When thinking about leadership in the workplace we often concentrate on lessons learned from our bosses. But our children could be teaching us more about leadership than we actually realise.

If we pay attention to our children we can learn these 3 lessons from them, and apply this to leadership in the office:

Children can teach leadership through building a sandcastle.

Children can teach leadership through building a sandcastle.

Wonder and Curiosity. Children have an avid thirst for learning new things, sometimes too much, but to them, everything is exciting and new which creates a sense of wonder. Children also have an impressive ability to let their minds wander, allowing them to tackle each new activity with great enthusiasm. If you can replicate this behaviour and apply it to a task or project that you are working on you may be able to become more productive than before. Continue reading

Making bad decisions can show bad leadership.

Avoid These Top 3 Leadership Fails

Making mistakes is often forgiven when the outcome is small but when bad decisions are made by leaders, the outcomes can be far, far worse. Here are the top 3 leadership fails:

Making bad decisions can show bad leadership.

Making bad decisions can show bad leadership.

Social Media – Social media has grown 10-fold over the last decade and although it gives people and companies a licence to share news and events with the public, some people are using it in the wrong way. Continue reading

Think Smarter

5 Unusual Ways To Work Smarter, Not Harder

Working in a busy city like London can be physically draining and putting in extra hours might seem like the only thing to do, but working smarter instead of harder could be a better use of your time.

Think Smarter

Think smarter, not harder.

1.       Take Naps

At Google, those employees that put in additional hours can enjoy a nap in one of their high-tech sleep pods to help recharge. There has been research that shows taking naps can lead to an improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking and memory performance. Continue reading

World Cup In Brazil

Which World Cup Team Are You?

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil around the corner there are a number of ‘teams’ on show, including the players, the management and the administration making it all happen. But, which World Cup team is most like your team?

World Cup In Brazil

Which World Cup Team are you?

Has your team shown a huge improvement over the last few years? – Your team is most like … Continue reading

Millenium bridge

Embarrassing Miscalculations Made By Teams

With news of French state-owned railway company SNCF creating over 2,000 new trains that are too wide for a number of station platforms we thought it would be interesting to look at other miscalculations made by teams that have proved to be very costly…

Millenium bridge

The Millenium footbridge in London.

The Houses of Parliament in London are home to the Big Ben bell, which happened to crack during testing back in 1857. This bell was later melted and recast but when the new bell was installed in 1859, this also cracked. With much of the blame being disputed, it was thought that the material of the bells was too brittle, but instead of changing the bell, they changed the hammer. Continue reading

Are You In The Wrong Job?

According to Gallup, 82% of employees that bear the title of ‘manager’ are not up to their job.

Have you chosen the wrong manager for the job?

Have you chosen the wrong manager for the job?

For most employees that strive to gain the addition of manager to their job title finally reaching that moment can be a proud one. The title helps to convey status, success and at times, power.

So, it is quite discerning to know that over 80% of managers under-perform, and here are some of the reasons why: Continue reading