Employee Engagement

Managing Staff is Not Parenting

What’s your reaction when individuals or organisations consider their employees to be ‘children’ and the workforce to be their ‘family’? We often form strong bonds with colleagues and the reference to family is associated with well-intentioned care for colleagues. However, there are serious pitfalls in assuming the way we function in our family setting is…

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What does it take to be a Powerfully Positive Leader?

In our previous blog post, we outlined the 3 strategies required to become a Positive Outlier. We also made the point that the realm of the positive outlier is not confined to leadership roles, anyone at anytime can be a positive outlier, at work or in their personal life. However, we do believe that to be…

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3 Strategies to Becoming a Positive Outlier

We’ve all heard the saying – so goes the leader so goes the team. And we know that means that the leader largely sets the culture and tone of their team. It follows that if the leader is negative and pessimistic the culture and tone of the team are very likely heavy, and negative. On…

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Dysfunctional to Dynamic – Is It Possible?

There is no doubt that those in a position of power have the ability to make or break an organisation, its culture and its people. Sadly, some of those entrusted with this responsibility use their team members in unhealthy and self-serving ways. Let me share an example with you. We recently worked with a leadership…

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How much is unconscious bias costing your organisation?

The vast majority of organisations would like to think that they are open, fair and non-discriminatory in their recruitment and workplace practices. However, the statistics and anecdotal stories paint a very different picture. Why does diversity matter? Organisations that are truly diverse have access to a broad range of opinions, experiences and points of view,…

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Employee Engagement | Is Transactional or Transformational Leadership the Most Effective?

There have been a number of studies undertaken with the hope of discovering whether transactional or transformational leadership, leads to greater employee engagement. On the surface, one might hypothesis that transformational leadership would be the preferred style by employees however the findings are not that clear-cut and there is some important distinction to be gained…

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The emotional cost of performance management

Performance management may seem like a simple process – set expectations, have regular conversations, undertake performance appraisals and manage underperformance. Sounds simple especially when your organisation has a well-designed performance management system. But what about the grey areas, the human element and the emotional toll it can sometimes take on both your employees and their…

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