What we can learn from watching dynamic leaders in action

What we can learn from watching dynamic leaders in action

Have you ever worked for a dynamic leader? How did it impact you? James Adonis, in his book ‘How to be Great’, cites Dorothea Dix as an example of a dynamic leader. Dix played a significant role in the transformation of the care of the mentally ill during her lifetime. After discovering the appalling and…

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How to get your Resume past the HR Department

How to get your Resume past the HR Department

We’ve all faced the situation of applying for a role and not making the shortlist (or even hearing back about our application). Quite often if applying for a role online, computer programs or ‘bots’ filter out the applicants that are seen to not possess the right qualifications and experience. So how do you ensure that…

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How to lead a business in challenging times

How to lead a business in challenging times

It’s said that a leader’s true colours are revealed when they lead in difficult times. In today’s climate of increased competition, fluctuating market demand and huge internal and external pressures, maintaining focus can be incredibly challenging. Moreover, it can be incredibly confronting to lead a group of people through uncertainty, fear and reach business goals…

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The benefits of ‘modest leadership’ to your business

The benefits of ‘modest leadership’ to your business

Of the hundreds of books written on leadership, there are few that tout the benefits of a modest leadership style to a business.  In his book ‘How to be Great’, James Adonis showcases some of the greatest leaders from history and unpicks what made them great. His feature on one of America’s most significant Presidents,…

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How to get your employees thinking like entrepreneurs

How to get your employees thinking like entrepreneurs

Many businesses are using different types of strategies to increase employee engagement and retention. These often involve opportunities like stretch assignments which provide increased visibility and profile within the company. Reward and recognition programs are another strategy employers use to motivate and retain their best and brightest. However, an article published in the Harvard Business…

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How to build a recognition culture

How to build a recognition culture

What is a recognition culture and how might it benefit your business? Developing a company culture where employees feel recognised can have an enormous impact on their engagement. In fact, research shows that organisations that regularly give thanks to their employees often outperform those that don’t. However, the majority of recognition programs (87% in fact)…

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How to perfect your interview technique

How to perfect your interview technique

Want to improve your interview technique?  Being interviewed for a job is often not an enjoyable exercise but there are certain things you can do to increase your effectiveness in an interview situation and likelihood of securing the role. Do your research The types of channels available to jobseekers means that just doing a cursory…

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Should your company move to an agile framework?

Should your company move to an agile framework?

Quite often the focus of a business is internal – ‘how we do things around here’. It’s challenging finding the time to understand how innovation is affecting your industry and how you might leverage this to help your business achieve its goals.  Many organisations have reported significant business benefits from moving to an agile framework….

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Why emotional intelligence in employees is so important

Why emotional intelligence in employees is so important

Remember back when an employee’s ability to do their job effectively was the main indicator of success? Not so now. Employers are increasingly looking at hiring candidates with both high IQ and high emotional intelligence (EQ). The reason? If you don’t have high emotional intelligence, you are less likely to grow, say the experts. Additionally,…

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What employees learn about your company from your induction program

What employees learn about your company from your induction program

The first few weeks of an employee’s appointment can have a lasting impact on how they perceive the business. In fact, a study by Wynhurst Group found that employees that went through a structured induction program were 58% more likely to stay with a company in three years’ time. Additionally, HHR states that structured induction…

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