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Why Humility should be Trending! | Humility

A successful business has at its core a successful and energetic team and by team I mean Management & Workforce – all levels. The development of such a team involves good recruitment, strong personnel development and succession planning. Above all however a team will not function in such a way if top management do not show some humility.
Being humble.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

–        Ernest Hemingway

Success in business requires exceptional drive and persistence in the face of many obstacles on a daily basis.  This tends to mean that those that rise to the top have certain characteristics in common, not least determination.  All too often however, that determination becomes arrogance and if allowed to develop, this trait can begin to have negative effects on the business at all levels.  In this piece I want to extoll the virtues and real benefits of displaying some humility at the top. Continue reading Why Humility should be Trending! | Humility

Are you Fit to Work? | Exercise

A fitter, more energetic you will probably enjoy life outside the office much more and will find new levels of confidence, focus and persistence – and therefore success – within the work environment.
Regular exercise is not optional!

Over 1/3 of adults globally are classified as either overweight or obese but this figure rises dramatically in more affluent countries reaching 58% in Europe and a staggering 70% in the US!

Source: Overseas Development Institute

Poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and office-based work are three key reasons for this pandemic of ill health.  Ironically as developing countries get richer it allows sections of their populations to adopt these same habits and consequentially the levels of obesity are on the rise fastest in areas such as Latin America and North Africa.

Being overweight can cause secondary problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems and even some cancers.  What is less understood are the effects on your ability to function to full potential at work.  Being overweight tends to lead to a negative cycle of a person doing less and less physical exercise.  The consequence of this is that they are deprived of the benefits which include a feeling of wellbeing and a better ability to tolerate stress.  Continue reading Are you Fit to Work? | Exercise

Good Communication is a Key to Success! | Communication

The ability to communicate through speech is one of the defining human characteristics and has helped to drive our development through millennia. In business clear communication is of course vitally important but for a myriad of reasons we seem to have lost (and are still losing) the required skills.
Is poor communication letting your business down?

“The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation.”

— C. Northcote Parkinson, British naval historian.

The ability to communicate through speech is one of the defining human characteristics and has helped to drive our development through millennia.  In business clear communication is of course vitally important but for a myriad of reasons we seem to have lost (and are still losing) the required skills. Of course a proper conversation should involve an equal amount of listening to speaking and many people are actually not good listeners.  This can be coached and most managers should consider attending such a course at some time to improve that part of their skill set.  If you think of relationships between colleagues a manager must establish himself/herself as available to listen and especially to bad news – your direct reports should not be afraid to relay bad news or indeed critique your advice if the team is to flourish and develop.   Continue reading Good Communication is a Key to Success! | Communication