The Real Magic of Engaging Your People

8/10/2016 posted in Leading, Not Managing, HR, Employee Motivation, Vistage, Strategy

 

Don’t miss out on the power of staff engagement.

Ask a business leader what managing people means to them and they’ll undoubtedly use words like payroll, employment legislation and record keeping. Some will tell you stories of how they couldn’t do what the business needed because of the threat (perceived or otherwise) of being taken to Employment Tribunal.

Many will tell you that their employees are the business’s greatest asset but very few will be able to tell you about the activities they take to ensure their people are engaged and motivated. This is shocking when research shows that 86% of employees are either not engaged or worse, actively disengaged.

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[Infographic] 5 essential strategies to increase your return on people

8/3/2016 posted in Speakers, Leading, Not Managing, HR, Recruitment, Employee Motivation, Vistage, Strategy

Discover strategies that will empower your people and have a positive impact on your bottom line. 

Your people are the most essential part of your business. It’s time to motivate your people and take actions to produce measurable results - all of which will feed into customer satisfaction. Transforming the talent within your organisation will help you to transform your profitability - and we’ve highlighted exactly what you should be prioritising.

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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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Wellbeing Across the Organisation

7/27/2016 posted in Getting Ahead, Work/Life Balance Issues, HR, Employee Motivation, Vistage, Strategy

From strategy to regular health checks, we offer the complete guide to wellbeing in your business.

It is becoming clear that there are three key roles when running a business: 

  • Do whatever you do and make a profit
  • Market whatever it is you do so that you gain and retain clients
  • Look after your workforce so they perform as well as possible

When a company focuses on the wellbeing of its staff it will see a reduction in sickness absence and increased staff retention. As Cecilia Fritz from Sony UK Tec stated: “To be a high performance organisation with a high performing team we must focus on staff wellbeing.” Happier staff work more effectively because they are more engaged, they contribute more and they are less likely to leave the company.

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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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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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How Virtual Reality is already transforming your competitors marketing

6/10/2016 posted in Technology, Marketing, Strategy

Facebook surprised the world in July 2014 by paying $2 billion for Oculus, a start-up that has taken virtual reality from a futuristic dream to a practical technology. The move was a shrewd one; Facebook is betting that it will change the way we consume media. Virtual reality technology has improved exponentially in the last 18 months and is finally living up to its promise of genuinely immersive experiences. In fact, it's already changing the way marketing is done.

Virtual reality is simple. First, grab a headset – they look like a ski visor welded to a Stormtrooper mask. Press a button and you’ll find yourself in hyper-realistic 3D environments, from futurist malls to ancient plains populated with dinosaurs to enormous movie theatres. The experience truly is like being there – you will forget you’re still in the office.

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