Is Employee Wellbeing the Real Failure of Your Business?

12/4/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Work/Life Balance Issues, HR, Employee Motivation, Vistage, Strategy, Change Management

It is becoming clear that there are three key objectives to focus on when running a business:
  1. To do whatever you do and make a profit
  2. To market whatever it is you do, so that you gain and retain clients
  3. To look after your workforce so they perform as well as possible

Wellbeing is a concept that is gaining mainstream exposure. Both government and private enterprise are beginning to take the notion of employee wellbeing much more seriously. Why is this? What are the benefits to business and the economy? And what can individual companies do for their own staff to encourage and develop wellbeing?

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Why First Impressions Really Do Count for Your New Recruits

11/26/2015 posted in Business, Speakers, Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Recruitment, Employee Motivation

I’m sure we all have a story about that great candidate we hired who didn’t quite turn out as well as we’d hoped, or that great employee we hired who left after a few short months, however I wonder what the employee would say about their own experience?

"It was nothing like they described it would be in the interview" perhaps? Or how about - "the induction consisted of; here’s your desk and here’s your phone – get on with it"!

I used to give every candidate I placed my ‘First 100 Days in a New Job’ document to try and help them get off to the best possible start and reaffirm to their new employers that they’d made the right decision in hiring them, however I woke up one morning and realised that hiring managers and Directors are just as likely to mess things up as their new employees are!

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Wellbeing – Why it Matters

10/9/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Work/Life Balance Issues, Employee Motivation, Strategy

Like many business leaders, I fill my days with activity related to planning, measuring, motivating, discussing, analysing and generally thinking about our business, the people within it and where we are heading. I spend far too little time looking after myself! Over the summer, as part of a basic recognition that I need to focus more on the Wellbeing of myself and those in our community, I triggered a major focus on Wellbeing within the Vistage organisation.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Wellbeing is "the state of being healthy, comfortable or happy". Personal wellbeing encompasses mental, physical and emotional health as well as a sense of purpose, satisfactory relationships with others, and general satisfaction with one's life.

With people spending 40-50 years of their life and more than half their waking hours at work, it makes sense to ensure they are happy and fulfilled during those hours. Not just for their own wellbeing but also for the profitability and business advantage of the company they work for.

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4 Steps to Building a Team of A Players

9/25/2015 posted in Business, HR, Recruitment, Employee Motivation, Strategy

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘A player’?

Someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty, someone you know you can depend on in a crisis, someone other team members turn to when they need help and support.

It stands to reason that you’re going to want to attract and retain A players to help take your business to the next level, but how do you go about this process?

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So, You Think You Have the Perfect Office Environment?

7/30/2015 posted in Leading, Not Managing, Work/Life Balance Issues, HR, Employee Motivation

We all know the lifeblood of every business is its team, with this one invaluable asset directly influencing the ultimate success of the company as a whole. Streamlining your operations is a matter of logic and foresight, removing any present or potential obstacles on the hunt for a more efficient approach. Priming your team for productivity, however, is a little trickier - and it all starts with taking a look at your office environment.

If your office space needs a strategic shake-up, making a few simple and actionable changes to your team’s environment should help you propel productivity to the next level.

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5 Essential Strategies To Increase Your Return on People

7/24/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Recruitment, Employee Motivation

Did you know that 84% of businesses rank a C, D, or F on the newly released 2015 Return On People Benchmark Report, yet many beloved brands and best-kept secrets are hitting it out of the ballpark with an A+, A, or B?  Or that A companies earn over 7 times as much as the average company?

Where do YOU rank and what can you to do improve your grade?  It’s time to overcome 5 core challenges and significantly increase your bottom line.

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5 Simple Steps to a Great Presentation

7/19/2015 posted in Vistage Open Days, Speakers, Getting Ahead, Employee Motivation, Negotiation

Giving a speech or conducting a presentation is hard for any person to do; you need to engage with your audience and make them forget that they are learning. Do not misunderstand; you should be aiming to teach the audience as much as possible, but in such a way that no one is bored, nobody should feel like getting up and pretending to have heard every word.

From the moment you walk onto the stage, until your closing remarks, you will need to retain the full attention of your audience, and this all begins with the opening. Each audience will be different, which will cause you to change your opening, in order to suit the people you are speaking in front of. You can start your presentation with a quote, story, or anything that you believe will get the audience’s full attention. You will need to know how to get their attention fast, and you will need to maintain their attention – fully. 

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5 Ways You Can Make The Change To A High Performance Culture

7/10/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Recruitment, Employee Motivation

Studies show that the corporate culture of your business has a direct, measurable impact on performance. A survey of 90,000 people showed that while 20% absolutely loved where they worked, 40% of those questioned said they were completely disengaged with the organisation they were working for. That’s almost half, working for organisations they don’t like, holding back their business from achieving its true potential.

What if you then discovered that the 20% who were really enthusiastic about their job were 86% better at serving the customer and 95% better at coming up with ideas and innovations to improve the business? Wouldn’t you want more of your people to feel the same way?

This is why a high performance culture is so important to your business.

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Why Leaders Need to Learn to Speak in Outcomes, Not Activities

6/19/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Employee Motivation

Today's most successful business leaders and managers exercise their leadership in such a way that their people are held accountable whilst being empowered to make decisions, share information and try new things.

The mindset that each person brings to your organisation has an impact on its success. But, the mindset that you bring yourself in your leadership role will have the greatest impact of all - positively or negatively!

Unsuccessful leaders have mindsets that are fixed on the specific activities of the organisation. In comparison, great leaders focus on the outcomes.

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How Your Body Language Can Affect Your Business Success

6/12/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, HR, Employee Motivation


Non-verbal communication really is a key contributor to a successful career in business. Have you ever considered how the way that you use your hands, or the openness of your body and the subtleties in your facial expressions could be the difference between winning that deal, or damaging your well-earned reputation?

Depending on the study, non-verbal communication counts for somewhere between 75% and 90% of our all communication. So, even if you know the basics, there may be many non-verbal elements that could be hurting your success.

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