Stress – managing nervous system response

Whether you’re changing your job, attending a tricky meeting or presenting to a large group of people, that feeling of sweaty palms, thumping heart in your chest and throbbing headache are all signs that you are becoming stressed.  Any event in life will rarely cause us to be stressed, but combined with other decisions you… Continue reading Stress – managing nervous system response

Four signs that perseverance won’t pay off

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going“, so the saying goes.  If I’m honesty, I always felt a little confused by this statement. On the one hand, the meaning of “get going” could suggest “get on with it”.  But at the same time, “get going” could also mean “walk away.”  In this post,… Continue reading Four signs that perseverance won’t pay off

How to clear your emotional debt

Here’s a question – why is that team building days so often involve doing physical stuff together? Surely so-called management away days should be all about building strategies, and time huddled around a flip chart brainstorming would be the best use of the day, right? We’ll come back to that question later, but in the… Continue reading How to clear your emotional debt

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