Where is Your Organisation on the Employee Engagement Spectrum

Employee Engagement is a buzzword that has been around for several years now and has gained varying levels of traction in organisations. From the work that we have done in this area over the last decade we have identified a spectrum of approaches to this issue. Some organisations dismiss Employee Engagement as a ‘soft issue’ […]

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Are You Ready to Take the Lead?

Last week I had the opportunity of travelling to Belgrade, former capital city of Yugoslavia, and now Serbia, home country of the world #1 tennis star, Novak Djokovic. I was there to complete the final step of the train-the-trainer accreditation with two HR Learning & Development  Managers on our Career Development Programme that has become […]

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Value based decision-making can aid our euro vote dilemma

With the announcement that there will be a referendum held on June 23rd to decide whether we will remain in the European Community or not, will come an extensive period of campaigning and debate aimed at persuading us to vote one way or the other that will divide families and communities in different ways to […]

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Responding to the Earthquakes in our Lives

We can all probably remember the earthquakes that ripped through Nepal last summer at the great loss of life and the aftershocks that followed that caused such anxiety and fear. Sometimes life throws up such earthquakes and aftershocks that cause us great distress and anxiety and result in us responding in ways that can be […]

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What Our Political Leaders can learn from Business

As the official campaign for the 2015 UK general election is about to get underway on March 30th, it is fascinating to see the jockeying for position that is already taking place. Parties are already declaring that they would not work together under any circumstances, if no majority position is reached and a coalition needs […]

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Nous Somme Charlie!

The brutal killings of several journalists in France last week remind us of one of the most important tenets of our society, that of freedom of speech.   As millions of people from across the world responded in a multitude of ways to the events that hit France; however, this also made me reflect upon its […]

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Do you know the value of your Life?

Last week I listened to a radio article where a woman shared her account of how in 1984, while on an anti-hunt demonstration, she met and fell in love with an undercover police officer posing as a long-haired Greenpeace radical.   They subsequently set up house together and had a child, all while he himself was […]

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Captain My Captain!

One of my favourite films is the classic Robin Williams movie ‘Dead Poets Society’ in which he inspires his class of ivy-league schoolboys through the triumphs of those sporting heroes who had walked the corridors of his school in years past.  While Williams is a great recent loss to his profession; the memory of his […]

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Five ways to do Employee Engagement Wrong

Here are five common ways in which organisations manage to get employee engagement wrong…and which lead to the opposite result, because the aren’t actually about engagement, merely re-labelled as such. 1. Doing Employee Engagement TO your Staff. A fundamental tenet of employee engagement is that it is employees who become engaged whilst their employer creates […]

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