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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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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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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Nothing is as Enjoyable as Telling Someone Else How to Run Their Business!

10/15/2014 posted in Leading, Not Managing, Being a new CEO, Vistage

Some 23 years ago a simple request from my wife literally changed my life.

She telephoned me at my office, where I ran my business consultancy and asked me to pick up the Manchester Evening News on the way home, which I duly did.

At that time we read the MEN on a regular basis, approximately once every six months, so Hilary looked through the paper to catch up on some local news.

She said "This looks interesting" and showed me a classified advertisement for ‘Chair for Groups of Chief Executives, part time’.

It did interest me so I applied and after two or three interviews a telephone call from the then CEO Ken Satrese told me that I had been successful. Of course, I was excited in my new role, but at the time, I did not know that answering that ad would genuinely change my life and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to become a Vistage (then called TEC) Chair.

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