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

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

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

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

What Leaders Need to Know About What Employees Want

A recent report by Deloitte called; The Human Capital Trends Survey for 2018,  highlights what employees want in today's workplace. Today I want to highlight some of the crucial points that leaders need to know so they can consider how they and their organisations are responding today and in the future to what employees want. [...]

What Leaders Need to Know About What Employees Want2018-05-15T11:49:48+01:00

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+01:00

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+01:00

Do You Have the Skills of a High Performing Leader?

In today’s challenging business economy. High-performance leadership skills are in demand.  The question is what are the key traits needed in today’s leadership landscape? Here are seven that we see embodied in successful leaders.    Strategic Business Thinking  We live in a disruptive world; driverless cars, Airbnb, Gocardless and the list goes on. In a recent Harvard Business Review post, the [...]

Do You Have the Skills of a High Performing Leader?2018-04-01T22:03:19+01:00

What Stops Managers Delegating?

In my experience as a leader within blue chip organisations and over the last 10 years as an external learning and development professional, one of the most significant challenges I see managers have is around delegation. However, I am in no doubt that delegation is one of the most powerful tools a manager has in their toolkit. Having worked with many [...]

What Stops Managers Delegating?2018-04-01T22:03:19+01:00

The 8 Attitudes and Beliefs of Successful Leaders

When you consider the truly great leaders of our time whether that is in politics, business, not for profit, arts, or public sector they all share similar values and beliefs.  In today’s post, I want to share 8 key attitudes and beliefs of successful leaders.   First Some Definitions Before I share the values and beliefs to consider, I want to explain what I am referring to and some descriptions. [...]

The 8 Attitudes and Beliefs of Successful Leaders2018-04-01T22:03:19+01:00

3 Factors To Consider When Leading Successful Change In Your Organisation

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” This is a quote I am sure most of you will have heard a fair few times. While logically we ‘get it’, it’s still a fact that many people find change challenging. We like our routines and stability, they make us feel safe, secure and [...]

3 Factors To Consider When Leading Successful Change In Your Organisation2018-04-01T22:03:20+01:00

Leadership Challenges: When Your Top Performers Don’t Want to Be Managers Part 2

In my previous post about leadership challenges, I talked about career development and the reality that not everyone wants a management role. I highlighted some data that Harvard Business Review shared a few years ago from Career Builder on what individuals want when it comes to their career which mirrors exactly my own observations working [...]

Leadership Challenges: When Your Top Performers Don’t Want to Be Managers Part 22018-04-01T22:03:21+01:00