May 2018

Can improving email communication skills make your a better leader?

By | May 20th, 2018|Blog|

As a business owner, you’ll already know the importance of good communication skills.  You’ve probably attended plenty of training sessions on face-to-face communications, and extensively practiced your effectiveness when it comes to leading meetings and getting teams onboard with wider goals and objectiveBut what about email?  These days, it’s likely to be one of the [...]

July 2017

Learn how to be a better leader (without wasting time or blowing your budget)

By | July 17th, 2017|Blog|

If you run your own business, then it goes without saying that you’ll want to be a better leader.  It might not sound as exciting as the tangible measures like bringing in more cash, or increasing your profits, or slashing unnecessary costs, but make no mistake… ALL of these things can be a direct result [...]

November 2016

What will you be wearing this Christmas Jumper Day?

By | November 27th, 2016|Blog|

I was out shopping with my girls at the weekend and you can’t escape the fact Christmas is well and truly on the way.  Music is playing, decorations are up and the new tradition of Christmas is blatantly on sale in most shops - the novelty Christmas jumper. Now I love Christmas jumpers (although I [...]

Would you have a problem with a tattooed employee?

By | November 7th, 2016|Blog|

It’s fair to say that body art including tattoos and the workplace are two things that haven’t traditionally gone hand in hand.  However in recent years, things have started to shift. In 2014, Starbucks famously lifted its tattoo ban for its staff in a move that was welcomed with open (and perhaps intricately adorned) arms. [...]

October 2016

Stop lying to your employees…

By | October 19th, 2016|Blog|

Corporate jargon is something plenty of us use every day without giving it much thought. Maybe you encourage a lot of ‘blue-sky thinking’. Perhaps you suggested to your team that you ‘take things offline’ when you’d rather have a more private conversation about an important issue. Or, a little disturbingly, you might occasionally consider yourself to be ‘punching a [...]

September 2016

What the hell does he do all day?

By | September 26th, 2016|Blog|

I recently did at talk to a local business group about what I called ‘The Discomfort Zone'.  Basically it was about how to turn difficult conversations into successful discussions and let’s be honest, this is something that is relevant to all of us.  I deny anyone to say that haven’t had a difficult conversation. Shortly [...]

August 2016

BREXIT – What do employers need to know?

By | August 1st, 2016|Blog|

Several weeks have passed since the majority of UK voters chose to opt out of the European Union, but it’s still very much the topic of ongoing conversation.  With 52% of voters backing the Leave campaign, it’s clear that big changes are ahead, and we’re moving into unchartered territory. Regardless of what you think about [...]

July 2016

Would you spank a member of staff for poor performance?

By | July 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

If you’re a business owner who employs staff you have no doubt, at some point been in a position where a member of your team isn’t performing.  Maybe they aren’t delivering the number of sales you expected or they just don’t seem to get what your asking them to do.  We hear about these sorts [...]

June 2016

Just the one!

By | June 7th, 2016|Blog|

It’s always interesting reading through the BBC website and I recently came across a story from Scotland where a sheriff warned motorists that one drink can put them over the legal limit in Scotland. It followed two cases at Dumfries Sheriff Court where the drivers involved claimed they had consumed just one pint.  They were [...]

March 2016

Four strategies for reducing absenteeism

By | March 6th, 2016|Blog|

According to research by PwC, the annual cost of sickness absence has rocketed to £29 billion for UK organisations.  Simply put, your staff are calling in sick, and it’s having a severe impact on your bottom line.  If you want to mitigate the impact, it’s time to think about how you can nip the problem [...]