The UK lags behind our European counterparts when it comes to empowering the workforce and fostering innovation and change. Whilst 63% of French employees and 57% of Spanish employees feel empowered to lead innovation and drive change, less than half (47%) of employees surveyed across the UK agree, revealed the research commissioned by BMC in…(Read More)

It makes sense to realise that your thoughts determine your behaviour.  However, how often do we stand back from our behaviour and examine our thinking?  I would suggest, not very often. Let’s take an example.  You have had a day of events that have all conspired against you.  You were late getting into work…(Read More)

  Let’s face it, we are all living busy lives.  We have so many distractions and inputs that it is no wonder that our brain goes into overdrive and says ‘Noooo’. The amygdala is the part of the brain that senses ‘fear’ and this happens when we  feel we  have no control over the…(Read More)

We are living in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous)  where change is the norm but outcomes are unpredictable.  Brexit and Trump are two examples of predictions that many thought would not come true.  One thing is for sure, change will be inevitable for all of us over the coming years. How do you…(Read More)

Yeah, it’s 2017!  Time to press the re-set button and set some new goals! As we all know, it’s easy to start with great intentions but by the end of January, it can be all over! So, why does this happen? Let’s take the example of ‘going to the gym, 3…(Read More)

How to empower others

For the purpose of this article, empowerment is defined as ‘wanting to take accountability for a task or outcome’. The key word is ‘want’. So, how do you get employees to ‘want’ to take on additional tasks or activities? There are a couple of ways I want to share with you: 1. Coaching Coaching is…(Read More)

You are probably familiar with the saying ‘it’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it’. This is true in the vast majority of cases.  However in terms of the brain, what you say makes a big impact. Towards motivation is based on reward.  This means that you will say a…(Read More)

The Power of Feedback

How do you react when someone says to you ‘I want to give you some feedback’?  The chances are you take a short intake of breath and think ‘what’s coming, what are the negatives’. Well the good news is, it isn’t your fault to think like this. Our brains are always scanning the…(Read More)

Insights the new ‘buzz’ word for coming up with great ideas can be hard to achieve.  However, the business and personal benefits of creating ‘aha’ moments not only increase bottom line profits, they also create ‘wellbeing’ and foster a ‘can do’ attitude in employees. What are the conditions to create Insights? Coaching Great Managers spend…(Read More)

70% of employees leave organisations because of the relationship they have with their boss.  They cite the lack of trust as being the biggest issue between them. So, how do you build trust?  We all talk about it, but it isn’t something that you can wave a magic wand and say ‘ let’s all…(Read More)