Why Now Is The Time To Become An Open Minded Leader

Being open-minded is a skill I encourage every leader I work with to develop. Over the last few years, the topic of shifting our mindset to improve and create the results we want has become prevalent in most leadership circles.  Working and developing our mindset is critical for today’s leader.  Some time ago I wrote a piece based on Carol Dweck’s work on [...]

Why Now Is The Time To Become An Open Minded Leader2018-11-26T16:36:22+00:00

Mid Career Blues: Is It Happening To You?

Mid-career blues can happen to the best of us.  A great example of this phenomenon in action is portrayed in the iconic film Educating Rita.   If you are a film junkie, like me, treat yourself to a copy this Christmas. When it was released, it received a clutch of BAFTA awards, so well worth a watch.  The story revolves around Rita played by Julie Walters, a married hairdresser who one day after a particularly banal customer interaction, utters the immortal words: “Is this all there is?”  [...]

Mid Career Blues: Is It Happening To You?2018-11-27T12:35:08+00:00

How To Develop A Team Of Loyal Employees

Developing a team of loyal employees  is critical for many of the leaders I speak to. In honesty, both are connected, which I’ll come onto. As I sit writing this, it’s half term in the UK, and I’m spending time with family and friends and reflecting on some of the challenges our clients want help [...]

How To Develop A Team Of Loyal Employees2018-11-27T12:34:33+00:00

6 Strategies To Managing Performance In Virtual Teams

Throughout my career, I have worked with over a thousand people managers and talked with several hundred more. If there is one phrase I have seen managers react to with what looks to me like a ‘heart sink’ moment it’s ‘performance management’. Over recent years we have seen huge global organisations move away from the classic annual appraisal system because it had become [...]

6 Strategies To Managing Performance In Virtual Teams2018-11-27T12:34:01+00:00

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

3 Easy Ways To Ensure Your Employees Are Happy And Engaged

Happy and engaged employees are more productive. I know, it’s not exactly rocket science is it? However, a rushed deadline or far too many things on your to-do list means that the ‘wellbeing’ of your team members is de-prioritised.  Suddenly the many benefits of an engaged and happy team are then forgotten. As we approach the end of another year, your employees can have a classic [...]

3 Easy Ways To Ensure Your Employees Are Happy And Engaged2018-11-27T12:32:48+00:00

How To Motivate A Virtual Team To Do Their Best Work

“How can I motivate my team?” is one of the most common questions managers ask, and it doesn’t matter how experienced they are. Head over to Google, and you will find there are 65.7 million searches for this question. For those of you who are regular readers of the Zestfor blog, you will know that [...]

How To Motivate A Virtual Team To Do Their Best Work2018-09-04T14:26:31+00:00

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely Part 2

I recently shared the first four steps in our two-part article series on setting and holding a team vision when working remotely, which I know has resonated with many regular readers. In this second article, I will complete the next few steps and share how to hold a vision with a remote team. As a [...]

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely Part 22018-09-04T14:00:41+00:00

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely

In an increasingly globalised world, virtual working is on the increase in many organisations meaning a growing number of employees rely on technology to meet, collaborate and stay connected to deliver results. We have previously talked about the importance of building trust in teams which can be particularly challenging when teams usually meet virtually. When Yale School of Management hosted their first Global Virtual Teams course the first of five takeaway lessons was to build a collective identity, which was based on creating [...]

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely2018-09-04T14:00:10+00:00

5 Easy To Action Steps For Managing Millennials

"How do I manage my Millennial employees?" It’s a common question that is asked by many managers who find themselves frequently scratching their heads as they look for the ‘answer’ to their prayers. Managers often talk about the challenge of getting their Gen Y team members to focus on the tasks that need completing when [...]

5 Easy To Action Steps For Managing Millennials2018-06-29T11:45:06+00:00

5 Strategies To Becoming A More Resilient Leader

I have noticed over the last six months that several people have commented on having feedback from their senior manager about being a more resilient leader.   Don’t get me wrong this is all well and good except when you are left without direction on what specifically you can do to build and demonstrate your resilience as a leader.  What I am going to [...]

5 Strategies To Becoming A More Resilient Leader2018-07-06T12:18:14+00:00

How Humble Are You And Your Leaders?

Over the last few years, I’ve had numerous conversations about the term ‘servant’ leadership. As it’s a phrase that is growing in use, I thought it would be a good topic of conversation for my next blog. I’ll cover the following areas to give you an insight into what this means for you as a leader;   What does it mean?  What do [...]

How Humble Are You And Your Leaders?2018-06-22T10:32:27+00:00

How To Deal With Conflict In Your Technical Team Part 2

In my last article, I talked about the different types of conflict managers can experience and how prevention is better than cure when it comes to dealing with conflict in your team. Something I have noticed when I discuss this topic with clients and participants on our programmes is little consideration is given to how [...]

How To Deal With Conflict In Your Technical Team Part 22018-05-01T13:28:58+00:00

How To Deal With Conflict In Your Technical Team Part 1

I recently mentioned in an article that one of the most significant challenges leaders talk about, is being ‘time short’. The following week I had a number of conversations about other common challenges leaders are facing today. There was a resounding consensus on several of these, one of which is dealing with conflict, especially in [...]

How To Deal With Conflict In Your Technical Team Part 12018-05-01T13:16:04+00:00

Leading Virtual Teams: Why You Have To Connect Before You Can Lead

Having been involved in Leadership Training for many years, I too can relate to one of their most significant challenges leaders talk about, that is being ‘time short.’   As business leaders, we never seem to have enough time, do we?  So, when I travel, I like to catch up on my reading. On my latest trip, I came across an article in Harvard Business Review which re-enforces the approach we take at Zestfor when it comes to [...]

Leading Virtual Teams: Why You Have To Connect Before You Can Lead2018-04-03T10:51:50+00:00

Leading Virtual Teams the Dos and Don’ts

Leading virtual teams? A topical subject in 2018. It is fascinating to see how our online world has developed. According to the history books, Skype launched fifteen years ago, and it used to be quite novel to talk to a colleague in Asia while looking at a counter that displayed how many people were also [...]

Leading Virtual Teams the Dos and Don’ts2018-04-01T22:03:17+00:00

7 Ways To Be An Inspiring Leader For Your Team This Year

It’s a fact that today’s leader is often required to wear many hats while delivering on all the expectations their team have, including; being a business visionary, a clear communicator, being the route to their next promotion, a development guru, confidante and the list goes on. In today’s workplace, a modern leader is expected to [...]

7 Ways To Be An Inspiring Leader For Your Team This Year2018-04-01T22:03:17+00:00

How To Accelerate Your Growth: Be Good At Receiving Feedback

When you have a group of managers together talking about the challenges of their role, how to give great feedback is going to be close to the top of the list. The fact is though; it does not matter how good the feedback is, it is entirely ineffective if not received well on the other [...]

How To Accelerate Your Growth: Be Good At Receiving Feedback2018-04-01T22:03:18+00:00

How To Engage A New Team

Whether you are a first-time manager or experienced and have a new team, there is always so many things to think about and do.   Like me, you may have come across one of those books in the airport with a catchy title; your First 30 or First 90 days as a manager and had a flick through to see if you are on track, [...]

How To Engage A New Team2018-04-01T22:03:18+00:00