Praise Where Praise is Due

Who doesn’t like positive feedback?  It’s great to feel you have done a job well, beat a target or helped others. Being recognised boosts our confidence, self esteem and drives us to perform well.  According to a study in Forbes complimenting workers can have a similar impact and incentive as cash rewards. They found ‘scientific…

A Happier and Healthier You

I am going to be open and honest – I don’t like New Year’s resolutions! I do have goals each year, but I don’t get to January 1 and think up resolutions; there’s so much evidence they don’t work. Forbes posted an article which drew upon the University of Scranton’s research which states that just…

The Leaders Guide to Mediocrity—Less Than a Million Ways to Maintain the Status Quo

“Proceed with caution in the direction of your hopes, and live safely, the life have.” —Hank Dave Locke Mediocre is a good. Moderate quality is ok. “Average is the norm,” as Yogi Berra might say. Today’s world is complicated—every segment of society is continually changing and very little seems to be certain anymore, like it…

The Mindfulness Revolution

The Mindfulness revolution is here! Even if you don’t practice Mindfulness or haven’t been on a Mindfulness course the chances are you have heard of the term. It is now being taught in some schools, workplaces are using it to de-stress employees and it’s even being ‘prescribed’ by health authorities to reduce anxiety and relieve symptoms of depression.…

Top Talent: Your Organisation's Knowledge Capital

Approaching the topic of Knowledge Management is very daunting. Many may say it is nothing more than managing information; others have created numerous academic journals and books on the subject. I am going to keep it simple: Your employees are your assets and they have knowledge. This knowledge can be created or gathered (new knowledge),…

Create Your Own Placebo Effect

I was talking with a group of individuals at my running club and one of the ladies said, ‘isn’t it strange how you feel you can run faster when you’ve tied your shoelaces tighter’. Other runners mentioned feeling increased performance after a decent warm up, pre-race rituals or times when a ritual abandoned before a run…