Employee Burnout: Are Your Team At Risk?

Continuing our theme of creating a happy and engaged workforce, I wanted to raise the topical subject of employee burnout.  For the training team at Zestfor, we are reflecting on a fabulous sun-filled summer and are preparing for the last quarter push this year.  I suspect it’s the same for many of you reading this post. With around ten weeks or so to Christmas, you may have [...]

Employee Burnout: Are Your Team At Risk?2018-11-27T12:33:32+00:00

Is It Time To Develop A Growth Mindset?

Interested in developing a growth mindset this year? As 2017 eases in there is one certain way to make it your best year yet and that is to develop your mindset. In different ways, we have been exploring this in our various posts and this time of year is the ideal time to set the [...]

Is It Time To Develop A Growth Mindset?2018-04-01T22:03:22+00:00

Listening: The Undervalued Skill of the Modern Leader

Most of us have grown up with the skewed perception that a leader should be the one with all the ideas, and who does most of the talking. However, what’s been dangerously missed in this traditional leadership model is that a leader will not get far without mastering the art of listening to those around [...]

Listening: The Undervalued Skill of the Modern Leader2018-04-01T22:03:23+00:00

Is Your Lack of Confidence Stalling Your Career?

Some of us misunderstand confidence. We often think it’s the loud, attention-seeking colleague— that domineering person in the office who always has something to say. We forget that self-confidence is actually a quiet, internal thing:  it’s the faith you have in yourself and your abilities. It doesn’t need a megaphone to alert the world it [...]

Is Your Lack of Confidence Stalling Your Career?2018-04-01T22:03:24+00:00

6 Steps To a New Confident You

Though both capability and competence are key ‘must’ haves when it comes to developing your career in today’s workplace the other c…… word; confidence, will be the catalyst to inspiring your team and delivering exceptional results for your organisation. It’s also key skills to accelerating your promotional path. Working with many senior leaders across the [...]

6 Steps To a New Confident You2018-04-01T22:03:27+00:00

The Despair of Being a Perfectionist

Last time in our blog ‘The Joy of Being a Perfectionist’, I talked about some of the many benefits a perfectionist approach can bring your career. But that’s not quite all the story. Perfectionism, when left unchecked, can actually prove to be quite a destructive force in your professional and personal life. The root of [...]

The Despair of Being a Perfectionist2018-04-01T22:03:28+00:00

The Joy of Being a Perfectionist

It’s amazing, isn’t it? That feeling you get when you deliver a piece of work or a presentation that you know is as good as you can possibly make it? The late nights, stress and the obsessing over details now feels completely, utterly worth it. As a perfectionist, your dedication to getting things right really [...]

The Joy of Being a Perfectionist2018-04-01T22:03:28+00:00

Why Speaking Up In That Meeting Would Have Been A Good Idea

It’s a great feeling when your ideas are heard, discussed, and acted upon. It brings you credit, raising both your professional reputation and self-worth. Meetings are therefore the perfect opportunity to show your creativity, as well as raise any concerns. On the other hand, it’s a terrible feeling when you sit in a meeting or [...]

Why Speaking Up In That Meeting Would Have Been A Good Idea2018-04-01T22:03:28+00:00

Why Receiving Criticism Is a Gift

Many of us live in fear of being criticised, particularly at work. We all know it can be difficult to separate the personal from the professional, and the failure to recognise this crucial difference often leads to our defence mechanisms firing on all cylinders when we perceive we’re being ‘attacked’ about the way we do [...]

Why Receiving Criticism Is a Gift2018-04-01T22:03:28+00:00

Make This Summer Work For You

Summer’s coming. You are taking a break, aren’t you? No matter where you are in the world, summer is the season of holidays. Holidays conjure up different things to different people but for everyone it is the break with routine that's important. It's this change that we can capitalise on to move our projects forwards. [...]

Make This Summer Work For You2018-04-01T22:03:30+00:00

How To Develop Employees Who Don’t Want To Be Managers Ever

Those of us who seek career promotion sometimes struggle to understand those who don’t.  Because progression to management is something we wanted, we tend to assume that it’s what everyone wants. Yet it turns out that we’re in the minority. A recent large survey in America indicates that only around a third of people aspire [...]

How To Develop Employees Who Don’t Want To Be Managers Ever2018-05-03T11:46:34+00:00

Are You Handling The Gossip In The Corner?

We’ve all seen it happen. An employee is unhappy about something at work, but rather than speaking up they turn to negative gossiping in the corridors. They become toxic to a workplace by attempting to convert everyone to their angry view of the situation. If this person is persuasive, well-liked or carries weight in the [...]

Are You Handling The Gossip In The Corner?2018-06-27T10:49:11+00:00

The Real Truth About Arrogant Employees

We’ve all met an arrogant person at work: the one who considers themselves superior, makes condescending remarks to tear others down, or refuses to admit their own mistakes. The arrogant person has low emotional intelligence and works from a position of bluster and fear. When an arrogant person is in a power position, the team [...]

The Real Truth About Arrogant Employees2018-04-01T22:03:31+00:00

5 Ways To Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Our comfort zone is a place of routines, low risk and low stress, and provides an important sense of security and stability in an adult life full of responsibilities. Unfortunately, our comfort zone is also often a place of low achievement in which we spend years stagnating in our professional and personal lives, often bound [...]

5 Ways To Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone2018-05-24T12:31:52+00:00

3 Classic Mistakes Virtual Managers Make

Managers are human and as a consequence are bound to make mistakes at some point during their management career; the real issue is when mistakes happen consistently without any change or adaptation of their management skill, knowledge or attitude. This then leads to increased costs for many organisations. Why? It is a well-documented fact that [...]

3 Classic Mistakes Virtual Managers Make2018-04-01T22:03:32+00:00

How To Handle Difficult Conversations In The Workplace

Many managers dread them, but here are some suggestions and ideas to get you through the most challenging conversations with positive outcomes and your calm professionalism intact. Don’t put the conversation off It is natural to be a bit nervous about confronting unsatisfactory  behaviour, especially when the other person may get upset or angry. Yet [...]

How To Handle Difficult Conversations In The Workplace2018-04-01T22:03:32+00:00

How To Motivate Your Gen Y Employees

We all know the benefits of a motivated team. Enthusiasm, creativity, productivity and a positive working atmosphere are all outcomes of employees who like their jobs and want to move the company forwards. Over the years, companies have adapted HR strategies that motivate their employees and keep them loyal, while requiring certain sacrifices on their [...]

How To Motivate Your Gen Y Employees2018-04-01T22:03:33+00:00