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!

Do your people expect too much flexibility, or are you too rigid?

I recently attended a CX networking event – it’s always interesting to see what the latest thinking is and re-connect with your peers.  At the event, I met up with former colleague – we compared notes on our respective (conservative) industries, talking about the need for greater flexibility in how we support customers. As more… Continue reading Do your people expect too much flexibility, or are you too rigid?

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

Balancing budget with ambition in CX

I met a rather senior acquaintance for drinks the other week.  Following a promotion, they are tasked with turning a relatively strong performance service team into “best in class”  champions of customer engagement.  My acquaintance wanted to kick around a few ideas on this rather exciting project – and highlight a few concerns. Modern business… Continue reading Balancing budget with ambition in CX

#AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

My employer actively promotes a flexible approach to work, and I’m proud to work for a company that embracing flexible working.  Whilst some roles have traditionally been considered to have more flexibility (shift workers, those required to work at multiple sites, those working client-side), many have been tied to their desk in stuffy offices –… Continue reading #AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

Why mental health “issues” makes me uncomfortable

Having “outed” myself very publicly in the workplace, and openly discussed my mental health condition, it felt like a really huge, and uncomfortable step – but one I did not regret. I realised that unlike many other aspects that may mark someone out as “different”, mental health has a certain stigma still attached to it.… Continue reading Why mental health “issues” makes me uncomfortable

Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

I was chatting with a business acquaintance recently, who expressed frustration at their manager – weak decisions, unclear plans, always caving in to other managers and not supporting his own team – this manager sounded feckless to me.  Feckless?  What sort of antiquated word is that? The origins of the word date back to the… Continue reading Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!