Is there a secret formula to the perfect boss? Judging by the way managers are promoted or hired, one might assume that technical skills play a major factor in determining whether a leader is successful or not. However, when Google decided to turn to its expert statisticians to determine what a great leader looks like, it turned out that many organisations have been looking at leadership all wrong. After gathering and analyzing over 10, 000 manager observations, the company came to a conclusion that was surprising even to its former senior vice president of people operations, Lazlo Bock. Upon analyzing what makes a truly great leader, technical skills came dead last.
There are many reasons employees might be lacking in motivation and it is up to managers not only to be motivated themselves but also use their leadership skills to motivate their employees. Motivation and inspiration do come and go naturally for everyone but there are a few steps managers can take to encourage and influence staff to remain inspired and motivated in both the short and long-term. (more..)
It has often been said that people do not quit a job, they quit a boss. A positive relationship between manager and employee is enormously valuable in determining company culture, employee motivation, workplace productivity, and business success.
Following the recent stepping down of Conservative leader Theresa May, the UK will see a new politician move into the role of Prime Minister this week. While there is still some speculation over to who will fill May’s shoes, Britains next PM will require a specific set of skills to get the job done. Regardless of who becomes the next PM, we thought it would be interesting to think about which of our books could help him fulfill the role Here are the 6 soft skills the UK’s next Prime Minister will need.
From the dramatic Cricket World Cup final to the epic wrapping up of Wimbledon, the UK has just come out of a weekend jam-packed with sports highlights. Winning a sports trophy, something that many of us have dreamed of since we were small, takes a great deal of raw physical talent. However, becoming a legendary sportsperson requires another set of skills that the rest of us can use in our everyday lives. Here are the 6 soft skills that every sportsperson needs and how everyone can learn from them.
So, you’re a little confused about GDPR? Have no fear, many managers are. As with most laws, the ins and outs of The General Data Protection Regulation are less than straight-forward. However, as a manager or business owner, it is important that you have a good understanding of what GDPR means for you, your business, your employees and your clients. That’s why we’ve got GDPR 6 tips for managers.
You know the old saying: The ideal meeting is two, with one absent. Many top leaders believe that meetings are simply a waste of time but the truth is that only badly conducted meetings are a time-killer. Badly conducted meetings have no clear objectives or agenda, do not generate new ideas and are not lead effectively. Unfortunately, this likely sounds familiar to most modern workers and managers but it does not need to be. A good meeting can be informative, useful and even fun. They can prompt ideas, inspire decisions and drive progress and implementation. Meetings are an invaluable part of the communications that drive business and create success but in order to be effective, they need some preparation and some rules. Here are 6 ways to run a successful meeting. (more..)
It’s holiday time! Whether you plan to head away somewhere warm with your loved ones or simply catch up on your sleep, holidays are a great way to step away from the daily grind of the workplace and detach from the stress. However, for many of us, particularly managers, it can be difficult to switch off and leave work behind. For those who struggle to resist the urge to open your inbox from the beach, we have 6 tips for managers to switch off from work and enjoy your holiday. (more..)
As a manager, you know that when your staff is motivated, workplace morale and productivity increases, both of which are great for business. But, when it comes to motivating a team of employees, knowing where to begin can prove difficult for many managers. We have you covered with 5 practical steps that you can take to enhance motivation within your staff members. (more..)
Problems and conflicts are an inevitable part of every employee’s professional and personal lives. Avoiding conflict is neither realistic or beneficial to individuals or businesses alike. Creative problem-solving, a very in-demand skill among hiring managers, means using techniques and skills to brainstorm and come up with unique solutions to the problems life throws at you. Let’s look at 4 problem-solving techniques to help you manage when conflict comes your way. (more..)