How to get your team singing from the same songbook

I was having an interesting conversation this morning with a colleague about why some teams just seem to work, while other teams simply become a collection of individuals that occupy the same physical space. It’s the age old question with no simple answer. However, this morning we came to an interesting conclusion. The issue may not lay with the team members or the team itself – the issue may be with the way the team is led. So okay – let’s all sit back and blame our managers and leaders – after all they are an easy target right? Continue reading…


Leading from the front – how good leaders challenge their organisations

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Maxwell

So…you have walked into an organisation. It looks like it is working okay, but something is not quite right. The systems are great, staff are dedicated, clients engaged, outcomes are being achieved BUT vibrancy is lacking, direction is wavering, a discontent is apparent, there is no sparkle! What is the cause? Continue reading…


Numbers aren’t just for accountants: do your HR stats stack up?

HR metrics provide a picture of the strengths and weaknesses that exist within your organisation. Having this information allows you to gain a deeper insight into the mechanics of business growth, which in turn helps you to make appropriate strategic and operational decisions.

The only issue is deciding what to measure, how to measure, and how much to measure. Collecting data for the sake of it is one of the most common pitfalls. Just because we can collect data on something, doesn’t mean that we should!

The first question we need to ask is Continue reading…


Managing change – the sustainable long-term approach

“If the rate of change outside the organisation exceeds the rate of change inside the organisation, then the end is near.” – Jack Welch

Whilst we intrinsically know this to be true, we often fail to take the first steps in leading our teams into the unknown. We understand the logical need to leave the familiar behind, however, we are unsure how to approach the psychological and practical needs of the employees we lead. What do we focus on first, what is urgent, what is important, etc.? Continue reading…