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.
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 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.
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
As a leader in the workplace it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a full inbox and busy meeting schedule. Here are some daily habits that every leader should adopt in order to be more productive and bring them success.
- Work without distractions – Most great novelists create their best work when they are in their sacred place with no distractions. Very few claim they were able to create a masterpiece whilst in an open-space office.
Make good habits in the workplace, not bad ones.
- Take a break or two – Dickens was known to take a 3-hour walk every afternoon to let his observations feed his literature. Having breaks can clear your mind and can save you time later in the day so you can be more productive. Continue reading
London remembers what it was like to host the world’s biggest sporting event in the summer of 2012, but Sochi has been in the spotlight this year hosting the Winter Olympic and Paralympic games. But, there is a great deal that leaders can learn from the teams from this event.
We have three things these leaders and teams can learn:
After achieving two medals in the Curling at the Winter Olympics – a silver and a bronze from the men and women respectively – both teams in this sport have placed a reason for their success on having fun together. Already being great at what they do, there is little else they can do to improve their performances, other than having fun. Two medals for the Curling teams show that this works! Continue reading
23 per cent of Londoners work over 45 hours a week, compared with 19 per cent in the rest of the country, so it is even more important that the working environment is a positive one to keep productivity high.
We have created a list of ten tips to help create a positive working environment:
1. Build trust – this is one of the most important things you can do. It shows reliability, responsibility and accountability.
2. Communicate positively and openly – Each employee needs to feel valued and through listening and communicating, this can be achieved.
In any given year in London, we spend around 2,300 hours at work. So, why not have some fun whilst we’re there?
Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, once said: “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
Interestingly, the video below demonstrates how commuters chose to take the stairs instead of taking the escalator, by introducing a fun element to walking up them.
January is known as the month of New Year’s resolutions where business owners and team leaders look to turn those bad habits into good.
If you are leader or manager in a London business, it is time to consider what small changes could make a huge difference in the workplace.
Many of these resolutions may already be part of your day-to-day routine, but try doing some of the ones that are missing. The 10 resolutions every team leader should include in their list for 2014 are: