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?

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!

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 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!

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

Why customers don’t engage in their pensions

If there is one industry that needs to do more than any other to fix their customer experience, it’s financial services.  Purchasing insurance, opening a bank account, switching mortgage providers or comparing credit cards – financial services as an industry constantly misses the opportunity to establish customer trust and give clarity and transparency in their… Continue reading Why customers don’t engage in their pensions