Many years ago, I fell in love with a Finn. We moved in together, got cats, bought a home together and got married. Living with a Finn exposed me to many aspects of Finnish language, life and culture. Our home is full of Iittala, Marimekko and Artek. We enjoy enjoy eating “poro” and drinking lonkero.… Continue reading What is Finland’s secret ingredient? – Sisu explained
When talking about customer experience, bringing the story to life with real world examples is a really useful way to help people “get” what you are trying to achieve. It’s not always easy to do in a public forum such as a blog – I need to be mindful of individual’s privacy and customer reputations,… Continue reading 3 examples of when above & beyond service drives loyalty
So I recently came out – for those of you who know me, you’re wondering, “What do you mean? You came out as gay years ago!” Well this was a different coming out – this time I came out to admit that I suffered from a mental illness – depression. It was a culmination of… Continue reading A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues
The other day, I found myself in a meeting with a number of colleagues, discussing a complex topic. Whilst there were many different views around the room, there was (seemingly) general consensus on a particular approach – except for me. I strongly felt a different view, and decided that it was important that I share… Continue reading Why it’s OK to be the Voice of One
Over New Year, my husband & I flew off to Northern Lapland to spend a few days with friends and family. At this time of year, it’s a magical place covered in deep white snow, and temperatures plunging below -25 celsius. It’s also Kaamos, where the sun never appears above the horizon for many weeks. It… Continue reading Life is full of small victories – here’s why they matter
As the year draws to a close, it’s always a good time to reflect. The end of another year and the imminent start of the next is a perpetual cycle, and there’s certain things that you should be doing with your team. The end of the year for me drives 4 key actions: remember, reflect, plan,… Continue reading What year end messages should you be sharing with your teams?
Those amongst us who are wise have started planning for 2018, and the various deliverables we need to achieve, I was reflecting on how best to drive motivation with my team. As with any experienced manager, I have a few tools in the armoury to help me and the team achieve what I know we… Continue reading 4 techniques to motivate your people