Let me tell you a story….

Once upon a time….

When you hear those words, what emotions do they conjure up in you?  Memories of childhood; at home with the bed time story or maybe even sat in Primary School on a Friday afternoon when the teacher read your class a story?

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5 a day – keeping you and your business healthy

Whilst in the kitchen earlier today, I caught sight of the fruit bowl and I perceived the contents to yell at me that I should give them more attention! I started to question if I’m regularly eating my 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables to keep me healthy? Then my attention wandered back to business and I wondered what the business equivalent would be…..

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Is Leadership the same as Air Traffic Control?

Whilst stuck in a major traffic jam on the A4 heading into London early this morning two thoughts occurred to me….

….if this is one of London’s “major arterial” routes, then how could we perform an angioplasty and then stent it so I can get to my meeting on time!?

…and then as I watched planes go closely overhead with regular precision towards Heathrow (one every 2 minutes) I couldn’t help but wonder how much calmer business would be if we could line up and then “land” our projects and major tasks with such regularity?

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Leadership in the storm of reorganisation!

Recently we were asked to give some helpful tips to some leaders who found both themselves and their teams in the middle of a major reorganisation with little certainty of what the future holds.  In these times of great stress and uncertainty just how do you keep yourself and your team motivated and focused on the job which still needs to be done?

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5 Ways to Improve your Listening

We have recently run some sessions on the importance of listening and how to ensure we listen and hear our people and our customers when they are communicating with us.  It sounds so obvious and easy doesn’t it, but to listen really well is a great art.

Here are 5 simple tips to improve your listening and, in doing so, increase your personal effectiveness as a team leader and a team player:-

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Practising what we preach!!

We are delighted to be working in a team with our friends from Caravelle Creative www.CaravelleCreative.com and creating a fantastic teaser campaign for a client.

Just goes to show what amazing success you can have as a team when you play to strengths having got real clarity on the objective and, most importantly of all, the Essence.

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Happy New Year! ….but now what??!

If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison

Dear all

We hope you had an amazing break with your family and loved ones over this last couple of weeks, and are now back to work fully refreshed and keen to get going?  But what to do now? Carry on where we left off? Start some new initiatives?  Plan the latest conference to rally the troops?

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Is it Ho! Ho! Ho! or…no! no! no!

Seasons greetings to all our friends,

As we all think about what we’ve achieved this year and how next year is going to be “different” (a.k.a. “even more successful”) then maybe we could do worse than to promise ourselves to say “no” far more often in 2014 than we did in 2013…..not to be difficult you understand, but because we have real clarity in what we are all about and what we are focusing on.

I’ve recently read this great little article (below) and wanted to share it with you.

Have a great Christmas with your families and loved ones and see you in the new year.

Most warmly

Antony

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7 ways to keep employee engagement high

A nice short article to remind us of how we can keep our teams motivated and focused during challenging times:-

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joefolkman/2013/11/27/seven-ways-to-increase-employee-satisfaction-without-giving-a-raise/#!

In short..

  1. Consistent Values – have them clear and stick to them in thick and thin

  2. Long term focus – understand that current environment is real but not forever

  3. Local Leadership – make sure all leaders know how well their teams feel they’re doing

  4. Continuous communication – in challenging times the level of comm’s needs to increase (but often does the opposite!)

  5. Collaboration – the best way to spark new ideas

  6. Opportunities for development – look to give the team some stretch assignments

  7. Speed and agility – increase the speed of decision making (do you know your why as well as your what?)