I've recently written about how awesome it is to be different, to stand out from the crowd and to embrace what it is that makes you human. Why? Well, because it matters - to your friends, to your family and most notably, at work. While it may seem more obvious when talking about our friends and family, it's this last area - work - where being yourself is often harder for many of us to do (a few comments on my previous post further reinforced this). However, it's also an area where it could not be more important. Where our humanity has a huge role to play in creating better relationships, a better culture and ultimately, better performance.
One of the most common things people say to me when they’re new in their role is “I don’t want to drive you nuts with too many questions!”. While my response usually starts with, “you can never ask too many questions” I also like to make the point that it depends on how you ask the question! Here are some tips that’ll make it easier for your boss to help you without driving them nuts, whether you're new to your job or not.
It's that time again when we can sit down and plan what we want to get out of the year. Where resolutions are made in good faith, where we eat salad as we embark on a health kick, and where we do a bit of planing. This planning could involve chasing down a promotion we’ve had our eye on or learning a new skill. For many of us, though, the start of a new year also provides the brain space to consider what we really want for our career.
One of the things I love to do at Christmas time is plan the coming year. I know, sounds boring right! But honestly, I actually find it a really relaxing and inspiring process to go through so I thought I’d share the process I follow.
Email can be a great communication tool, and a massive waste of time – it depends on how well you use it. As those who know me will tell you, I’m a little bit obsessed with efficiency and it annoys the crap out of me when I waste time sending emails that get ignored so here are some things I’ve learned about how to get a better result.
When I first started running my own business, I was really excited about working from home. It's one of those things you dream about when you have to schlep it into the office every day! I was saving at least an hour of travel, didn’t have to get dressed, could make my own breakfast and lunch and, let’s be honest, it made me feel like I was living a pretty cruisey existence. At least, that’s how it started…
Start-ups seem to be all the rage at the moment with more people than ever before turning their backs on “working for the man” to scratch an entrepreneurial itch and/or follow their passions. For those who have dreamed about starting their own business, I thought it might be interesting to get an insight into the good, the bad and the ugly.
About 20 years ago, when I was still at uni, I used to work at a little bar in North Sydney. To be honest I can’t even remember the name of it but one memory sticks in my mind like it was yesterday. Being a lowly glassy, my job was to clear the tables and one night I took the glass of one particularly large bloke who hadn’t quite finished his last little sip.
One the big mistakes I see from managers is taking a “divide and conquer” approach to their teams. A lot of the time they don’t even realise they’re doing it and it’s usually borne from frustration. I’ve done it plenty of times myself, for example, someone in the team is doing a poor job and creating issues, and so in frustration I've started having a bit of a whinge about what a crap job they’re doing…
Did you know that 70% of employees are not engaged at work? Or that 89% of employers think their people leave for more money, when only 12% actually do leave for more money? Companies with highly engaged cultures have been shown to be up to 3 times more profitable than companies with disengaged cultures, which means this is a topic that directly affects your bottom line, but so few businesses understand what their people really want!