Nearly every business owner I know lists recruiting and retaining good staff high on their list of priorities. Having gone to the effort and expense of finding a good fit, don’t waste this by poor induction. The first few days and weeks in any job will determine how that person feels about your business and […]
“Talking it through in our group I’ve now got some brilliant ideas.” “It was great talking to others and realising they have the same challenges” “I now have a better understanding of xx department, and know what I can do to make both our lives easier” “It was great to get someone else’s perspective, as […]
Earlier this week I attended a customer experience seminar. We had some excellent presentations on how to improve customer service, including one on what went on behind-the-scenes for the London Olympics in creating such a memorable visitor experience through the Games’ Makers (in which – I am proud to say – I played a small […]
If you’re anything like me, you love having an excuse to celebrate. Today happens to be my wedding anniversary, and at 33 years I think that’s cause to celebrate. Marking special occasions is a great way to engage both customers and team members. Recognising a personal milestone, proud moment or a significant event shows you […]
When you ask someone to do something and they tell you they can’t, what do they really mean? Let’s imagine it’s a member of your team. You ask them to do something and they respond “I can’t do that”. It may not be quite as direct as that “Erm, I don’t think I can do […]
One of the key areas of focus for many of my clients is how to increase the retention of their key people. They are worried about not tapping into their potential and ultimately losing them, which inevitably has a knock-on effect on customer service, productively and profit. Sadly, some business owners stick their head in […]
Do you feel you spend too long in meetings? I think most business owners and managers feel that at times. Over the past few weeks I have written about the importance of giving feedback and a structure for conduction 1:1 meetings with your team members. But when you feel it’s yet another meeting adding pressure […]
You’re probably not aware of this but today is “Employee Appreciation Day” in the US. OK, so that’s great to show your employees some appreciation. But doesn’t this happen every day? As human beings we all like to be appreciated …more than just once a year! Ongoing, simple but sincere gestures – however small – […]
After nearly 33 years of marriage (to the same person!) I feel we must be doing something right. I’m sure like most married couples, we don’t declare our undying love every day of the week, but we still know we’re loved and cared for. Just like in a successful marriage, unless your team feel loved […]
This week I’ve had several conversations with clients and their management teams on giving feedback. The giving and receiving of feedback is probably one of the most vital skills in management. According to Ken Blanchard: “Feedback is the breakfast of champions” The aim of any feedback is to motivate and encourage more of what they […]
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