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Powerful Conversations: Are You Failing, Or Flying?

While I realise we are living in the digital age with communication platforms such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Signal and Slack we do however have many conversations face to face throughout the day; at least I am hoping as leaders we do?  The question is, how many of these conversations excite and inspire you? How many prove to be sincere and thought-provoking? [...]

Powerful Conversations: Are You Failing, Or Flying?2019-06-17T17:40:20+01:00

Do You Know What Motivates Your Team?

Motivation as a topic is a common area for discussions I have with clients across the globe.  It normally centres around:  The lack of motivation in a team  How to re-engage teams through motivation  How to establish a culture of motivation  How to identify different reward strategies that will work  The eternal question: Why are some people motivated differently to [...]

Do You Know What Motivates Your Team?2019-06-05T10:07:23+01:00

How to Influence Senior Decision Makers When You Have No Power

Being able to influence the people around us is essential if we want to influence change. Most roles require us to influence and persuade people who have more power, status and authority than us. This can often seem like a difficult task. How can we persuade others who are often more senior to say yes… [...]

How to Influence Senior Decision Makers When You Have No Power2019-05-15T09:34:39+01:00

3 Ways To Increase Your Personal Power

Last time we talked about why there is immense value in revisiting your personal power in our current working environment. You can refresh your memory by reading why it’s time to develop your personal power post here.  In part two of our series, we have several suggestions on how to turn your ‘power’ dial-up.  All too often the starting point revolves around stopping [...]

3 Ways To Increase Your Personal Power2019-05-15T09:25:28+01:00

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Personal Power

Personal power? Some people might think it’s a phrase that went out of fashion years ago. Maybe, though in today’s disruptive business landscape we need it more than ever; let me explain.  This is part one of a two-part series where we explain why tapping into your personal power is essential to your success. Next time, [...]

Why It’s Time To Develop Your Personal Power2019-05-15T09:23:58+01:00

Do You Have The Skills And Traits Needed To Be A High Performer Today?

Leaders, managers and contributors; we all play our part in growing organisations.  Though the truth is, do, we have the skills now needed in a changing disruptive economy, to be successful in the various roles we all play in our teams and departments?   Possibly; with a bit of adaptation.  It’s interesting that Stephen Covey published his New York Times Best Seller The 7 Habits [...]

Do You Have The Skills And Traits Needed To Be A High Performer Today?2019-04-02T14:20:17+01:00

7 Ways To Build A Company People Want To Work For

If you get a group of HR people or leaders together today, the conversation of employer branding, staff engagement and company culture are likely to raise its head.  It’s not surprising when you consider we are in the middle of a worldwide skills shortage that increases pressure on talent attraction and management for many organisations.  The whole topic of employee engagement is quite [...]

7 Ways To Build A Company People Want To Work For2019-03-18T18:06:23+01:00

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring

Something slightly different this week. On Friday it’s International Women’s Day and a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing women out there and the gifts they bring.  Having a Y chromosome or not shouldn’t really be an indication of whether you will make a great leader.  Your leadership abilities should depend on your individual strengths and personality traits. However, in many cases, women aren’t always encouraged to take on leadership roles as often as their male [...]

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring2019-03-06T12:19:01+01:00

Developing Confident Leaders: 4 Quick Win Strategies

On my way back from a recent training event I was running in Europe, I was delayed in an airport due to our wonderful UK weather.  As usual, I caught up on some of the best leadership blogs, posts and podcasts.  Something caught my eye, which related to a group of leaders I had just been working with.  It was a comment by a writer on Hbr who shared his opinion that “without confidence, there is no [...]

Developing Confident Leaders: 4 Quick Win Strategies2019-03-06T12:05:03+01:00

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?

Throughout my career there is one law of success that I believe which is: Failing teams, departments and organisations rediscover success as a result of leadership and not management. So often I hear the phrase, and I am sure you do too, “It’s important to lead from the front”.   It’s almost become a mantra that is recited without thinking about: [...]

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?2019-03-06T12:05:30+01:00

Old School Motivation Strategies To Rekindle This Year

Old school motivation strategies can and do work when it comes to motivating a team; even in our cynical world. Who hasn’t felt ‘motivated’ and ‘on top of the world’ and consequently experienced that burst of energy which has enabled you to do more? I know I have, and more than once. I thought it [...]

Old School Motivation Strategies To Rekindle This Year2019-03-06T12:05:55+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00