Good leaders and managers are known for their team, not just themselves

A former colleagues on LinkedIn shared a comment in a recent post which I really liked: “A boss has the title, a leader has the people” – Simon Sinek Simon Sinek has said a lot of very bright, intelligent and true comments in his time, but this is one of my favourites.  If you have… Continue reading Good leaders and managers are known for their team, not just themselves

What do recruiting and dating have in common?

So you’ve lined up that first date – from viewing each others’ profiles, maybe connecting through a mutual acquaintance, exchanging messages, maybe chatting online for a while, but now if the big moment!   Will it be love at first sight? Is this “the one”? Nerves frayed, feeling red-faced and flustered, but also excited – who… Continue reading What do recruiting and dating have in common?

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

Three things you shouldn’t say to your customers

My husband and I made our annual pilgrimage to Helsinki to celebrate Finnish independence day, and I decided to book us into a hotel chain that we don’t usually use, just to have a different experience.  With fantastic views, pretty decent reviews and an uber-cool cocktail lounge, we were looking forward to a fabulous weekend.… Continue reading Three things you shouldn’t say to your customers

Why we need to stop talking about change!

In a recent conversation with Rich Tuff, a member of the Mercer UK executive, we were discussing change, and how for some businesses it is celebrated, whilst other businesses fear it. Rich pointed out that kids are exposed to more information by the time they start school than many adults experienced in a lifetime compared… Continue reading Why we need to stop talking about change!

Why consistency, ownership and being human matter most in customer experience

My time as a consultant highlights that whether you’re working in a large or a small business, the fundamental challenges are the same.  Stiff competition, tight budgets, demanding customers and a need to evolve.  Small business can be nimble but cash poor, large businesses have budget but are constrained by bureaucracy. I reflected over this… Continue reading Why consistency, ownership and being human matter most in customer experience

How not to deliver feedback!

For many of us, we’re rapidly approaching the time of year when annual appraisals are carried out.  For some, it’s a complex affair involving many forms and meetings, for others it’s an informal conversation, but whether you’re a line manager, or a colleague who has been asked to give feedback, here’s why it matters, how… Continue reading How not to deliver feedback!