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  • Feedback – critical to improving performance!

    Feedback – critical to improving performance!

    Posted 14/09/2011 By in GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PEOPLE With | No Comments

    Imagine for a moment if you got no feedback.  None whatsoever.  No-one tells you how you come across to others.  You can’t work out if you’ve done the right thing, or not.  You’re giving your partner a cuddle and squeeze too tight… without feedback, how would you know? Feedback is a critical element in helping …

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    • Exactly what problem ARE you solving?

      Exactly what problem ARE you solving?

      Posted 08/09/2011 By in INSPIRATION With | No Comments

      Exactly what problem ARE you solving? This is one of my standard questions when asked for my opinion on an approach, strategy or problem resolution that someone is considering.  It’s a powerful question to make sure that you can appropriately interpret the likelihood of the intended action to actually address the identified issue.  I have …

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      • Adapt or Die

        Adapt or Die

        Posted 31/08/2011 By in MANAGEMENT With | 2 Comments

        Adapting to Different Management Styles The title may be a little ‘dramatic’ but if you are unable to adapt to your situation or environment, you need to move away from it.  Today I’m talking about adapting to dysfunctional management styles. The world is not perfect.  Managers are very definitely human too, and this means they’re …

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        • R.E.S.P.E.C.T

          R.E.S.P.E.C.T

          Posted 29/08/2011 By in GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PEOPLE, INSPIRATION, MANAGEMENT With | 1 Comment

          3/4 of Australians want Managers they can Respect and Learn from… Nearly three quarters of surveyed Australians (73%) reported that having a manager who they respect and can learn from is one of the most important factors in their work environment. The survey was conducted by recruitment specialist OfficeTeam, and revealed that despite the importance of good …

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          • The surprising truth about what really motivates people at work.

            Three simple things:

            • Autonomy – having some influence over their lives and work
            • Mastery – progressing or improving
            • Purpose – doing something that matters

            If nothing else, the animation in this video is truly spectacular (especially if you liked Mr Squiggle).  The talk was prepared and delivered by Daniel Pink, author of Drive and three other provocative books on the changing world of work.

            Enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think.

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            • Income – not the full picture when considering jobs

              Income – not the full picture when considering jobs

              Posted 04/08/2011 By in EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT With | No Comments

              Assessing the ‘fit’ of a particular job based on income alone is a fools errand. I see many people who are dissatisfied with their work, including those who are highly paid, and know that engagement doesn’t come from money alone.  In fact, far from it.  Consider the whole package a particular position offers.  Not just …

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              • Good Intentions, Bad Results…

                Good Intentions, Bad Results…

                Posted 02/08/2011 By in EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PEOPLE With | 2 Comments

                The Law of Unintended Consequences As a Manager or Team Leader trying to foster greater engagement at work one of the pitfalls is the ‘Law of Unintended Consequences’.   That is, when you take action with a focus on a particular result or outcome (often with good intention), and yet the results are so not …

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                • How our beliefs and perceptions change how we experience pleasure

                  How our beliefs and perceptions change how we experience pleasure

                  Posted 01/08/2011 By in EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, INSPIRATION, SPEAKING With | 2 Comments

                  A T.E.D talk on the origins of pleasure.   Well worth the 15mins investment of your time.  For me the link is that we can actually get more pleasure from our work if we choose to believe that it is meaningful, a valuable contribution, and performed with competence.  If this is not how you experience …

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                  • Happy Mondays – putting the pleasure back into work

                    Happy Mondays – putting the pleasure back into work

                    Posted 26/07/2011 By in INSPIRATION With | 9 Comments

                     You can’t be good at it unless you love it. Some time ago I read a book titled “Happy Mondays” by Richard Reeves.  It’s a fantastic read that explores that changing nature of work and our relationship to it with a particular focus on those companies and businesses that strive to meet their employees needs …

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                    • Time Sovereignty

                      Time Sovereignty

                      Posted By in EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT With | 7 Comments

                      Richard Reeves in his book ‘Happy Mondays’ talks about many concepts that are central to putting the pleasure back into our work. Richard takes a shot at the scary media that suggests that longer working hours is killing us and counters by highlighting that meaningful work, that fits in with our goal, lifestyles and human …

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