Four signs that perseverance won’t pay off

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going“, so the saying goes.  If I’m honesty, I always felt a little confused by this statement. On the one hand, the meaning of “get going” could suggest “get on with it”.  But at the same time, “get going” could also mean “walk away.”  In this post,… Continue reading Four signs that perseverance won’t pay off

Four signs of strong team spirit

Over the festive season, I reflected on the many challenges, successes, meetings and engagements I had the opportunity to be involved in throughout 2018.  Both with my current employer, Mercer, and with many other meetings with other businesses beyond the day job, I reflected on what the most productive, enjoyable and effective activities I was… Continue reading Four signs of strong team spirit

How to clear your emotional debt

Here’s a question – why is that team building days so often involve doing physical stuff together? Surely so-called management away days should be all about building strategies, and time huddled around a flip chart brainstorming would be the best use of the day, right? We’ll come back to that question later, but in the… Continue reading How to clear your emotional debt

Sexuality & Gender: Coming Out at Work

As I approach the end of my tenure as Co-Chair for PRIDE, the UK Chapter of the LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans and Allies) community at Mercer, I’ve been reflecting on how we have made progress in the last couple of years.  Of all the roles and opportunities I’ve had in my career, this is… Continue reading Sexuality & Gender: Coming Out at Work

Why you don’t want too many “A4 types” in your team

I’ve recently been fortunate enough to travel to 78 degrees north to the amazing islands of Svalbard, the most Northerly inhabited place in the world. A strange place of extreme temperatures, polar bears, glacier and icebergs, the Norwegian friends who I accompanied on the trip proudly showed off this amazing corner of the world.  Late… Continue reading Why you don’t want too many “A4 types” in your team

Do your people expect too much flexibility, or are you too rigid?

I recently attended a CX networking event – it’s always interesting to see what the latest thinking is and re-connect with your peers.  At the event, I met up with former colleague – we compared notes on our respective (conservative) industries, talking about the need for greater flexibility in how we support customers. As more… Continue reading Do your people expect too much flexibility, or are you too rigid?

Why feedback matters (and how to respond to negative feedback)

As part of my own development, I recently received 360 degree feedback from peers, my direct reports and the management layer above me.  It daunting to hear what people think and feel about you, so in this post, let’s look at why feedback matters, and how you might respond to it. Let me start by… Continue reading Why feedback matters (and how to respond to negative feedback)