Up until now it has been assumed that an intelligent leader is a good leader. But new research into IQ and leadership suggests that being too intelligent in relation to your employees could have negative effects on how they perceive you.
Most managers face a number of tricky situations in the workplace on a daily basis – one of the toughest is having to decide whether to fire an under-performing team member or not.
If you’re faced with this task, here are 5 considerations to ease the decision:
1. Does good past performance justify a weak future performance?
Just because team members were once strong, it may not necessarily mean they will be as strong in the future. Weak team members may reflect badly on other staff, suggesting that under-performance is okay. Continue reading
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:
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
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.
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
Work, for many, is serious business where we need to meet targets, meet project deadlines and to ensure we do our job correctly.
A lot of managers argue that humour can distract their team from the job in hand, but a quote we at Team Building London are reminded of is, “Just because the work you do is serious, it doesn’t mean you have to be serious about the way you go about your work.”
Laughter is natural, and using humour in the workplace has its benefits. These include:
A heavy workload, coupled with stress, is a challenge for many people in the workplace. Time is short and can run out, whereas energy can be rejuvenated and extended.
Here are 5 ways Team Building London suggest you use to increase your energy levels:
1. Drink a lot of water. Water hydrates our brains, ensures we stay cool and can prevent illnesses like excruciating kidney stones. Coffee and sugary drinks may taste better but they do have the reverse effect of making us tired when their burst of energy wears off. Continue reading