"Your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful. The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."

 

 Kobe Bryant

 

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Taking values off the wall

TAKING VALUES OFF THE WALL - AND INTO THE HEART OF YOUR TEAM "The soul never thinks without a picture" – Aristotle The Culture Deck reimagined Have you heard of the Netflix Culture Deck? When released it spawned a whole new approach to how culture is communicated...

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I see me

I SEE ME "He who knows others is wise, he who knows himself is enlightened" – Lao Tzu I see me It's great to acknowledge our team mates and employees.   But it's also important to have a litmus test for how we are feeling as individuals. And to acknowledge how we...

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I see you

I SEE YOU - THE POWER OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT "When people feel cared for, they will care for those around them. This is not a 'focus on the customer'. This is a focus on people." - Simon Sinek One thing we know for sure is that acknowledging people is one of the core...

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The Download – Interview with Julie Alexander

THE DOWNLOAD - INTERVIEW WITH JULIE ALEXANDER  "When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” – Betty Bender Our CEO, Julie Alexander, was recently interviewed by Ronnie Altit from Insentra, about leadership, company culture and her most...

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Can you have a purpose without a Purposeful CEO?

CAN A COMPANY HAVE PURPOSE-FOCUS WITHOUT A PURPOSEFUL CEO?  "When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” – Betty Bender   Ready to influence? Employee engagement has been a consistent challenge faced by most organisations since 2000,...

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The Tale of 3 Macaroons

THE TALE OF THREE MACAROONS  "Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space." - Orson Scott Card   Those who know me, know I'm all about company culture; I want to stop people having one of "those days" if I can help it. So what the hell have three...

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VIDEO – the Grateful Share and why it matters

VIDEO - THE GRATEFUL SHARE AND WHY IT MATTERS  "Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for...

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VIDEO – Wellness in the Workplace

VIDEO - WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE "The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness."  Abraham Maslow   Companies are taking employee wellness more seriously these days, trying to combat rising health issues, and the business cost of...

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FREE EBOOK DOWNLOAD Navigating The Extinction Zone

NAVIGATING THE EXTINCTION ZONE "Remember my mantra: distinct ... or extinct."  Tom Peters Navigating The Extinction Zone a guide to successful change management       Change is the new normal. But up to 70% of change initiatives fail in business because of negativity...

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Company culture … without the fluff

COMPANY CULTURE ... WITHOUT THE FLUFF “Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion.” Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb How to be a great place to work   There are a lot of good leaders. They invest in leadership training for their team,...

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You can’t buy company culture …

YOU CAN'T BUY COMPANY CULTURE ... "The best businesses are really ones that can combine passion, profits, and purpose." Tony Hsieh You can't buy company culture ...    Do you ever rave about how amazing your boss is? I know in my corporate career, it was relatively...

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Three principles successful people know and use every day

THREE PRINCIPLES SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE KNOW AND USE EVERY DAY "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill Three principles successful people know and use every day   At the beginning of each year it's not...

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How to reduce the turning circle of change

HOW TO REDUCE THE TURNING CIRCLE OF CHANGE "Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course."  John C Maxwell Author: Diane Gray of Change Play Pty Ltd (www.getagameplan.com.au)   Being able to change at different speeds is essential for any...

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How good is your culture – how to work it out

HOW TO WORK OUT HOW GOOD YOUR CULTURE REALLY IS “In our early years, we didn’t talk about culture much. We hadn’t documented it all. We just built a business that we wanted to work in. And, that was great. But the real return on culture happened when we started...

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How to win the recruitment lottery

THE RECRUITMENT LOTTERY AND HOW TO SURVIVE IT "One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it." Peter Drucker Solution:  Hire Based on the Social System Fit   Author: Diane Gray of Change Play Pty Ltd (www.getagameplan.com.au)   We’ve recently had a spate...

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Changing perceptions: HR and culture

CHANGING PERCEPTIONS: HR AND CULTURE "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." Anthony J. D'Angelo   In a recent McKinsey interview with Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP), Bernardo Sambra, BCP’s chief human-resources officer explained...

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Why your metrics are killing your results

PAINT A BETTER PICTURE TO GET BETTER RESULTS "It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well." - Jackson Pollock Jenny and Jane go to their identical...

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Fairness and equality at work

FAIRNESS AND HOW TO REALLY ANNOY A MONKEY "Fairness is not an attitude. It's a professional skill that must be developed and exercised." – Brit Hume Tell me if this resonates with you ... Once upon a time in Corporate Land, a brilliant client director ran 50% of the...

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Culture tactics from Gary Vee

CULTURE INCORPORATED:  VAYNERMEDIA "... you need to make someone feel comfortable to talk about their needs, their wants and their dreams ..." Gary VeeGary Vaynerchuk (or Gary Vee) of www.vaynermedia.com isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he does have an unmistakable...

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Great books to read

FEED YOUR MIND "Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book."  Jim RohnSo that you don't have to lose yourself in a bookstore, this is a list of books that we love on business culture.  They speak directly to the heart of the principles and philosophies that we...

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Success vs failure

TED: SUCCESS VS FAILURE | ALAIN DE BOTTON "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." James CameronSUCCESS VS FAILUREAlain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the...

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Motivation

TED: THE PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION | DAN PINK “Lack of emotion causes lack of progress and lack of motivation.” – Tony RobbinsMOTIVATIONCareer analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't:...

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Body language

TED: BODY LANGUAGE IS MORE POWERFUL THAN WORDS | AMY CUDDY "Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body." - Irene Claremont de CastillejoTOOLS FOR YOUR TEAMWhen I facilitate workshops, train clients and run 1:2:1 executive coaching...

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Leadership

TED: BE THE LEADER YOUR FOLLOWERS WANT | SIMON SINEK "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." —Jack WelchLEADERSHIPSimon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership...

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Happiness and productivity

TED: HAPPINESS IS THE ANSWER | SHAWN ACHOR “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Dale Carnegie SUCCESS & PRODUCTIVITY Do successful teams pull together, or do...

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Foundations of success

TED: TOP TIPS FOR SUCCESS | RICHARD ST JOHN "Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion." Tony HsiehSUCCESS & PRODUCTIVITYWhy do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of...

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TED: inspire, don’t motivate | simon sinek

START WITH WHY “People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” ― Simon SinekPURPOSE & WHYSimon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the...

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TED: divergent thinking in action | phil hansen

INNOVATIONSpend 70% of your time in core/foundational activities, 20% in improvement and 10% in innovation.  Innovation comes from "divergent thinking"  So what exactly is that?  It's looking at things in a slightly different way - and then coming up with a solution...

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TED: building great teams | brené brown

TEAMSHow do we build the best teams?  Build one with people who connect with each other at the deepest levels.  One for each of your team members to watch.Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she...

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Unlimited holidays – is it a good thing?

I'M AN OFFICE MARTYR, GET ME OUT OF HERE "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams Is it time for unlimited holidays?  How much holiday would you take? The last "trend" in the corporate...

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Toxic employees – is it always their fault?

TOXIC EMPLOYEES - IS IT ALWAYS THEIR FAULT? “What you allow is what will continue”.  - Tony Robbins I've been contacted by a company this week who is having issues with one of their team members.  He's a high flyer and in their words "vital to the business".  But has...

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it’s not what we do once in a while …

"It’s not what we do once in a while that counts, but our consistent actions.And what is the father of all action?  What ultimately determines who we become and where we go in life?  The answer is our decisions.  It’s in these moments that our destiny is shaped.More...

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Diagnostic: is your culture toxic?

DIAGNOSTIC - IS YOUR CULTURE TOXIC? "In unstable times, growth comes from leaders who create change and engage their organizations, instead of from managers who push their employees to do more for less" - Seth Godin We are passionate about creating...

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Culture insights from Vishan Lakhiani

INSIGHT: WHY HAPPINESS IS THE NEW PRODUCTIVITY “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - BuddhaLike the body's immune system, the culture of a company...

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how to make a decision like sir richard branson

Two questions are all you need to ask to get yourself to take action.  Yup, two.  It's so much better than throwing dice or tossing a coin. the questions Q1.  What is likely to be the worse thing* to happen if I do this?Q2.  Can I handle it, if that 'worse thing'...

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