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 Strategies2019-02-15T17:00:21+00:00

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?2019-02-05T12:42:09+00:00

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 Year2019-01-18T14:20:26+00:00

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+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

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

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 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

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+00:00

When To Coach And When To Direct

Over recent years there has been a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the value of coaching. Employee surveys report that employees continue to express the desire to be coached and broader organisational research demonstrates that companies with higher levels of employee engagement also have strong coaching cultures. It seems reasonable to conclude that coaching is an essential skill for managers and leaders. When leading training workshops, I [...]

When To Coach And When To Direct2018-04-01T22:03:18+00:00