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)

5 workplace characters who stifle innovation and profitable growth

I use real life observations to highlight knowledge, experiences and learnings in my blog posts. Often, it’s easy to turn a negative experience into a positive learning. But sometimes, my inner demon comes out, and I feel the need to vent a little. This week’s cheeky tongue in cheek post pokes fun at characters and… Continue reading 5 workplace characters who stifle innovation and profitable growth

This is how every customer call should start

“Hello there, it’s Amy here.  So how was your dress fitting?” It was like music to my ears, as I sat amongst my team in Bristol.  They deal with a complex insurance product, and customers need a lot of help to wade through the complexity of the policies to find the right product for them. … Continue reading This is how every customer call should start

A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues

So I recently came out – for those of you who know me, you’re wondering, “What do you mean? You came out as gay years ago!” Well this was a different coming out – this time I came out to admit that I suffered from a mental illness – depression. It was a culmination of… Continue reading A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues

Why it’s OK to be the Voice of One

The other day, I found myself in a meeting with a number of colleagues, discussing a complex topic.  Whilst there were many different views around the room, there was (seemingly) general consensus on a particular approach – except for me.  I strongly felt a different view, and decided that it was important that I share… Continue reading Why it’s OK to be the Voice of One

Why your motivation should always come from within!

There are times when those around you shine (for me, especially my family, friends and those who work for me) and there are times when those around you don’t.  We all seek validation, reassurance and guidance from those around us, and we learn to trust and believe in others, but ultimately, we need to seek… Continue reading Why your motivation should always come from within!

What year end messages should you be sharing with your teams?

As the year draws to a close, it’s always a good time to reflect.  The end of another year and the imminent start of the next is a perpetual cycle, and there’s certain things that you should be doing with your team.  The end of the year for me drives 4 key actions: remember, reflect, plan,… Continue reading What year end messages should you be sharing with your teams?