Managers, are you listening enough?

As the year draws to a close, many of us are taking stock of the year – what went well, what missed the mark, and ideally, what we might do differently in future.  As a people manager of almost two decades, I look more closely at how I did for my people than most other… Continue reading Managers, are you listening enough?

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

How you treat your leavers has an impact on your team

I’m shortly loosing one of the star performers in my team – she is moving on to a new, demanding challenge elsewhere.  I’m gutted that she is leaving, and despite my constant jokes with her, I’m also really sad.  When I was chatting about this with an acquaintance who happens to be leaving his current… Continue reading How you treat your leavers has an impact on your team

Nurturing employees and customers is remarkably similar

In both the “official” day job as Customer Experience Leader and the additional role of Co-chair of the LGBTQ+ network, I need to engage, educate and empower the people around me.   In a number of recent interactions, it struck me that there’s a fair few areas of overlap in how you do this.  It’s not… Continue reading Nurturing employees and customers is remarkably similar

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