Conquering the Pacific Ocean – Interview with Laura Penhaul

Laura Penhaul, team leader for the Coxless Crew, the first all-female team to row across the Pacific Ocean shares the key lessons from the 8500-mile challenge. Laura highlights that preparation was key to their success and to deal with unexpected issues well. Getting to the start line was one journey, being at seas another, both more »

Focus First on Building Trust With Your Diverse Team

Focus First on Building Trust With Your Diverse Team

Workplace diversity is important as it improves the performance of the team. Many companies focus on diversity when they are hiring new people. A whole system analysis is essential before the recruitment process, to understand if your ‘system’ will support the success of your new staff members. Your new people will land in teams where more »

Ensure that your people know what you expect of them

Ensure that your people know what you expect of them

When I talk to managers and leaders, the theme of high performance is a frequent topic of conversation. We can all agree that being a great organisation and providing exceptional products or services are important, but does everyone we work with know what we actually mean by excellence in the day-to-day?  6 ways to set more »

Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Henry Stewart, the interviewee in our last edition, recommended this book, saying that it changed his life and his organisation as well. Maverick by Ricardo Semler is a story of a Brazilian businessman who changed the workplace he took over from his father. Stewart says: “He took over the job to work from one where more »

The key factor almost every hiring manager overlooks

The key factor almost every hiring manager overlooks

Maybe you’re looking for the right qualifications. Or the right experience. Or the perfect hard skills. Or great soft skills.  Or an outstanding work ethic, or proven leadership ability, or seamless cultural fit. Or, most likely, you’re looking for a blend of skills and attributes. But here’s another way to look at choosing the best more »

Happy & Productive workplaces – interview with Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart is the founder and Chief Executive of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces. In the interview above he talks to Eszter Molnar Mills about happy workplaces, no-blame culture and how more »

The Positive Organization by Robert Quinn

The Positive Organization by Robert Quinn

This issue’s recommended read is a freshly published book by Robert Quinn. The Positive Organization is an excellent summary about how you apply some of the ideas of positive psychology in workplaces in a balanced way that doesn’t get the pendulum to swing too far either towards the positive or to the negative – says more »

5 of the best… resources for team development

5 of the best… resources for team development

Everybody has been involved in a team building activity at some point in life. If you are a manager you are most likely the one responsible for these events. Why is team development an important part of management? Not only for the immediate experience of activities performed by the team but for the results in more »