3 Observations of Business Culture and Practical Tips to Overcome Resistance

8/26/2016 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Employee Motivation, Strategy, Change Management

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” according to a quote attributed to management guru Peter Drucker. Your organisation’s strategy is easy to define and can be changed with the stroke of a pen, but your culture? That’s made up of thousands, sometimes millions, of decisions, attitudes, messages and relationships. But if culture is so important and so hard to define, how do you set about changing it?

In 2006, the BBC decided to move a host of major departments, including Children’s TV, Breakfast News, Dragons’ Den and Match of the Day, to a brand new base in Salford. The move cost hundreds of millions of pounds and saw nearly a thousand staff relocate from London. BBC North promised staff a better working culture. I was part of the team that had to deliver it, and here are my observations.

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Introducing the Business Leader's Library

8/25/2016 posted in Business, Vistage, Strategy

Over the coming months, we’ll be inviting you to download a series of eGuides that will cover the big subjects that SME owners and directors need a good grasp of. That includes harder-edged topics like finance and planning, along with the softer, but equally important areas, such as business culture and wellbeing.

At the same time, we’ll be running weekly posts on our blogs with insightful discussions on hot business topics interspersed with videos, interactive quizzes and infographics.

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Personal Power - Growing into the Future

8/15/2016 posted in Economy, Business, Speakers, Technology, Vistage

 

As a leader, are you regularly challenging, engaging, exciting and inspiring the people around you? Perhaps it’s time to take a step back and refresh your thinking so you can grow into the future.

Marcus Child has had a powerful impact on the people and the performance of many well-known businesses over the past 18 years. He inspires confidence, wholeheartedness and courage, and has built up an impressive reputation for helping thousands of employees of hundreds of organisations embrace change positively and successfully. One of Vistage's most popular and highly rated speakers, Marcus will push you to dream big and achieve more.

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Be a Gamechanger

8/1/2016 posted in Business, Speakers, Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Vistage, Strategy

Why be 10% better, when you could be 10 times better?

Gamechangers are disruptive and innovative start-ups and corporates, in every sector and region, reshaping our world, according to Peter Fisk, author of Gamechangers.

Gamechangers think and act differently. They win by being smart, fast and connected – rather than through scale and efficiency. They look beyond the sale to enable customers to achieve more. They care about their impact on people and the world. Ultimately they want to create a better world.

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How can you spot when teams are under-performing?

7/25/2016 posted in Business, Speakers, Leading, Not Managing, HR, Recruitment, Employee Motivation, Strategy

In this 20 minute video from our Vistage Open Day leadership and strategy expert Jim Alampi shares his original take on Patrick Lencioni's "5 Dysfunctions of a Team". He combines the most powerful moments from Lencioni's work with his own tools to bring new insights into how CEOs can enable and cultivate high performing teams within their companies.

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Putting a Freeze on Recruitment in Uncertain Times - Knee-jerk reaction or responsible management?

7/22/2016 posted in Business, HR, Recruitment, Vistage, Strategy

The first thing many companies do in times of uncertainty is to put a hold or freeze on recruitment, however before you publicly announce a recruitment hiatus, consider the impact it might have on your existing employees.

In the last 2 weeks, I’ve been approached by and invited to connect with candidates on Linked In who I’m sure wouldn’t have felt the urge to do so previously.

So what has changed? Is it purely the Brexit vote? – Possibly. However I strongly suspect it’s the messages and signals they are getting from their current employers that the drawbridge has been raised and the career opportunities and job security they thought they had 4 weeks ago have now either disappeared, or are in danger of doing so.

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What is Brand Equity and Why It Matters?

7/15/2016 posted in Economy, Business, Sales, Marketing, Strategy

What is a brand?

It’s a simple enough question, but now and then we meet someone who has to ask it; someone who isn’t sure if their business has a brand, or whether it should have one at all.

Just as every person has a personality, the fact is every business has a brand – whether it accepts the fact or not. The practical question for owners and managers is “what is my brand, and how do I manage it?”

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Transforming Stress – From Cost to Competitive Advantage

7/8/2016 posted in Business, Speakers, Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Work/Life Balance Issues, HR, Recruitment, Employee Motivation, Strategy

 

Almost 8 out of 10 people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. The cost of this for employers is around US$300bn every year in stress related health care and absences.

Stress-related presenteeism (defined as the lost productivity that occurs when employees come to work but, as a consequence of illness or other conditions, are not fully functioning) and absentism are costing employers more than AU$10billion a year.

As industry leaders, it makes sense for boards to tackle this costly issue. And the first step in doing so is to challenge how organisations, and society, have normalised and accepted stress. We actually expect we should feel stressed during certain circumstances e.g. tough market conditions, organisational change, busy times of year etc. For some professions it is almost worn as a merit badge of their commitment to success.

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Why Should You Encourage Your Employees to Improve Their Diet and Nutrition?

6/24/2016 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Work/Life Balance Issues, Employee Motivation

While our health is critical to our feeling of wellbeing, so is our diet critical to our health. The 21st Century diet of pre-processed packaged convenience foods and fast food on the run tends to be high in unhealthy fats, sugars and salt.

This is leading directly to people becoming overweight and suffering with health problems. Intensive farming with the use of fertilisers and pesticides has taken a lot of the nutrients out of the soil so that even much of our fresh fruit and vegetables are lacking a lot of the goodness and nutrition that were present 50 years ago.

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5 Tips to Getting Your Recruitment Right with Unemployment on the Rise

6/17/2016 posted in Business, HR, Recruitment, Strategy

It’s all over the national press: unemployment is at its lowest since 2005 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That means 55,000 more people in work in the last three months, meaning a record 31.6 million are now employed. Earnings are also on the rise, an increase of 2.3% on last year (without bonuses).

Good news for employees, but what is the impact on small and mid-tier employers?

For most businesses, recruitment has been that bit easier since 2008, with more candidates than jobs, and a pick of the bunch for roles not in shortage professions.

That is rapidly changing: there is higher competition for good candidates, more roles available, and most employers need to consider how attractive they are to jobseekers, not the other way around.

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