Have we forgotten our manners at work?

I was recently sat next to someone in an office and I inadvertently observed a conference call they were hosting.  It made me cringe – clearly some people were late, or didn’t even arrive on the call, others seemed to be talking over their colleagues, and from my line of sight, it was clear that… Continue reading Have we forgotten our manners at work?

Employer’s responsibility for mental health at work

I recently read yet another excellent post from the fabulous folks over at Userlike.  Whilst they are often focused on the customer, this time they focused on the team serving the customer.  You can read their post here, but in essence, it’s some sound advice on avoiding burn out within your customer facing teams. And… Continue reading Employer’s responsibility for mental health at work

A case study in how not to deliver service disruption

I generally try and avoid negative mentions of any specific businesses or brands in my weekly posts – we all have ups and downs and making changes for the better is always a challenge. But recent events in a large UK business have warranted a case study in how not to treat your customers. When… Continue reading A case study in how not to deliver service disruption

Three people (dis)engagement behaviours to watch out for

As we head into summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!) and the pace adjusts slightly, hopefully giving us a little time to reflect, develop and plan, I wanted to share two posts that relate to HOW we achieve our goals and WHAT we can and should expect from those around us in the process. … Continue reading Three people (dis)engagement behaviours to watch out for

Telltale signs of genuine team spirit

One of the most important aspects of work culture that any line manager or leader needs to nurture is a strong sense of team spirit.  Open and honest communication, a collective set of goals, a great work environment and the right mix of skills and personality will help you create the ultimate team.  So once… Continue reading Telltale signs of genuine team spirit

5 Feedback Fails, and how you should deliver it!

Feedback matters to us all.  Whether we like it or not, we need to hear other peoples’ opinions about us, our actions and behaviours, our company, our products and services.  The majority of feedback is intended to help, add insight or value and drive change or reinforce behaviour.  Whatever the intention of the feedback provider,… Continue reading 5 Feedback Fails, and how you should deliver it!

Banishing Your Inner Barbara

Why “if it ain’t broke…” thinking can only get you so far… Firstly, a small disclaimer – I have nothing against those in this world called Barbara. The mindset I’m really talking about could apply to any Percy, Georgie, Mary-Lou or Sally our there. When I talk about ‘Barbara’, I mean the persona that represents… Continue reading Banishing Your Inner Barbara