How to Manage These 6 Common Challenges in Your Post-Pandemic Team

As we return to our workplaces, things will be very different during the second half of the year.  The way that we work is different, and this significant change has the potential to be problematic for your team.  Whether your team are continuing to work from home, or if you are now back in a socially distanced [...]

How to Manage These 6 Common Challenges in Your Post-Pandemic Team2020-07-06T13:40:47+01:00

Why Teams Have Changed Forever – And What You Need to Do Next

The impact of the coronavirus on our lives has been significant; One example is the way we now view working at home versus the office.   Interestingly many organisations have quickly turned their operations virtual - something which might have seemed impossible before it suddenly became business-critical.   Leaders everywhere are now asking the question: how will the COVID-19 outbreak change their organisations and their teams?  While most people [...]

Why Teams Have Changed Forever – And What You Need to Do Next2020-05-25T11:00:40+01:00

5 Steps to Developing an Agile Team Culture

Before we get into developing your ideal agile virtual team culture, it’s worth thinking about what exactly we mean by ‘agile’. An agile team is a cross-functional group of individuals that have the necessary people and skills to produce a successful outcome. It’s important to remember that there’s no magic formula to developing an agile [...]

5 Steps to Developing an Agile Team Culture2020-01-21T15:07:47+00:00

Gender Inequality – Are You Treating Your Team Members Differently?

Despite all talk of equality in the 21st century, you don’t have to cast around very far to see gender bias still at work across many companies.   A recent Forbes article stated that our unconscious biases are significantly holding women back - Harvard’s global online research study of over 200,000 participants showed that 76% of people are gender-biased, believing men are better suited for careers and women are better [...]

Gender Inequality – Are You Treating Your Team Members Differently?2019-12-02T10:33:11+00:00

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 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

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 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+01:00

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+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

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+01:00

A Different Viewpoint On How to Manage An Under Performing Team

I was having dinner with an old friend recently, and we were talking about some of her challenges at work having taken over an established yet underperforming team. This isn’t a new situation to my friend as she has a reputation for being able to take underperforming teams and turn them into highly motived and incredibly successful ones. Whilst Jane (not her real name!) [...]

A Different Viewpoint On How to Manage An Under Performing Team2018-04-01T22:03:18+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

How To Manage A Demotivated Team Member Part 2

In my previous blog post, I shared some surprising data about employee engagement in the US and UK. It is a well-known fact that an engaged employee is a happy employee. Similarly, a happy employee is a motivated and productive employee.   It’s concerning to know that between 65 and 70% of UK and US employees are disengaged because we are aware this means that many of these [...]

How To Manage A Demotivated Team Member Part 22018-04-01T22:03:19+01:00

How To Manage A Demotivated Team Member Part 1

It is a well-known fact that an engaged employee is a happy employee. Similarly, a happy employee is a motivated and productive employee.  It is somewhat of a shock then to discover that research in the UK and US reveals that employee engagement is just 25% and 30% respectively.   Even worse the Gallup study groups latest data suggests that only 13% of the global workforce is engaged. Now I [...]

How To Manage A Demotivated Team Member Part 12019-11-12T13:54:53+00:00

Underperformance: 5 Early Warning Signs It’s Happening In Your Team

Managing underperformance is a part of the management process that not all managers enjoy!  While many grasp the nettle and tackle the issue before it becomes bigger, others avoid it for as long as they can and sometimes until it becomes a significant and time-consuming problem. There is also a third scenario, and that is when a poor performer goes unnoticed for too long. This [...]

Underperformance: 5 Early Warning Signs It’s Happening In Your Team2018-04-01T22:03:20+01:00

Underperformance: Is It Capability or Attitude at Play?

I am about to make a statement that might ruffle a few feathers. Do you make ‘judgements’ about your team and their performance? I suspect you do. It’s a common trait amongst many leaders. Understanding your employees and their style is one technique to help the situation. However, there is a stage before, and that relates to your team members ability and attitude related to their performance. This [...]

Underperformance: Is It Capability or Attitude at Play?2018-04-01T22:03:20+01:00

10 Effective Team Communication Strategies

Team communication strategies are vital to developing a productive team. It’s that simple (and that powerful), yet a huge number of teams in workplaces all around this globe still find themselves operating in a confused and inefficient manner due to poor communication habits. Clear communication is the core principle of smooth-running teams, and this guiding [...]

10 Effective Team Communication Strategies2019-12-30T10:04:51+00:00