5 observations when moving from a corporate to a start-up

I’ve spent a lot of my career working in newly formed and start-up businesses, and I have a real passion for being part of something new & exciting. However, for the last 3 years, I headed back to the corporate world to prove to myself that the skills I used in start-ups were fully transferable… Continue reading 5 observations when moving from a corporate to a start-up

Embracing cultural difference

Over the past few decades, better education, new technology, cheap airline travel, EU membership and the reduction in red tape for travellers has resulted in the world becoming noticeably smaller.  For my grandmother, the prospect of visiting my father in Aden during his military service was a once in a lifetime event, taking a lot… Continue reading Embracing cultural difference

Good leaders and managers are known for their team, not just themselves

A former colleagues on LinkedIn shared a comment in a recent post which I really liked: “A boss has the title, a leader has the people” – Simon Sinek Simon Sinek has said a lot of very bright, intelligent and true comments in his time, but this is one of my favourites.  If you have… Continue reading Good leaders and managers are known for their team, not just themselves

Have we become too familiar with our customers?

Have you experienced any of the following recently in conversations with friends or relatives – sarcasm, flippancy, disrespect, unhelpfulness? Perhaps the relatives out-stayed their welcome when visiting over Christmas; or perhaps a friend got a bit too merry at the Christmas party and came across in a bad way.  Whilst we (for the most part)… Continue reading Have we become too familiar with our customers?

Four signs of strong team spirit

Over the festive season, I reflected on the many challenges, successes, meetings and engagements I had the opportunity to be involved in throughout 2018.  Both with my current employer, Mercer, and with many other meetings with other businesses beyond the day job, I reflected on what the most productive, enjoyable and effective activities I was… Continue reading Four signs of strong team spirit

Three things you shouldn’t say to your customers

My husband and I made our annual pilgrimage to Helsinki to celebrate Finnish independence day, and I decided to book us into a hotel chain that we don’t usually use, just to have a different experience.  With fantastic views, pretty decent reviews and an uber-cool cocktail lounge, we were looking forward to a fabulous weekend.… Continue reading Three things you shouldn’t say to your customers

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