Culture. What does it mean? Why do some companies ‘have it’ and others don’t? Read more
Does anyone actually find these so-called “motivational pictures”, well, motivational?
Last week I mentioned Dan Pink (and what motivates us) and then I wondered where you can find great examples of businesses like this. A good a place as any to start was job website Glassdoor’s award for the 50 UK Best Places to Work in 2018. Read more
“We want to change but the culture here is just too deeply embedded”.
A more traditional approach to tackling the problem of change within an organisation could be some encouraging words from senior management, a selection of PowerPoint slides detailing the company’s new Aims & Objectives or a departmental team building session… which we all know, rarely has any lasting impact. Read more
An abundance of new research has been undertaken looking into the benefits of neuroscience upon leadership training. AGES Neuroleadership is one technique that suggests science can make leadership stick.
How? Neuroscientists know how the brain works. Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy proves this. Leaders know how businesses work. But how can learning stay constant? Let’s become surgeons of business. And let Davis’ AGES model take us there. Read more
New Additions to the Games Without Frontiers Team
Arguably the most important thing anyone can bring to a start-up organisation is a can-do and positive attitude. Have a look at Wally Kozak’s Eagles and Ducks here (thank you ESpark Edinburgh for sharing) for some light relief on a serious point. I love it.
I apologise now if you were looking for insights from either Alan Sugar or Donald Trump… that kind of apprentice has no place in this blog post. If you know the man above you are one of a select group, who I might have one or two things in common… Tomohiro Nishikado is known as the father of Space Invaders. Read more
Put £200 behind the bar on a night out?
I would argue that, however, these are ‘skin deep’ motivators.
Have you read Steven Pinker’s book, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature?
For decades much of the social sciences have subscribed to the theory that the mind is born as a blank slate. Therefore presuming it is without rules for processing data, a structure formed by experience through parenting, environment, socialising and culture. As with marketers, HR professionals have been basing human behaviours almost exclusively on cultural and marketplace factors and virtually ignoring the natural influences and the biology with which we are born. Read more
Like many young upstarts fresh-faced out of university, my first taste of full time employment was on a rotational graduate scheme. As such a grad, every six months or so you find yourself whisked off to a new team, a new role, new challenges: all good stuff. Read more
What follows are not things that I have gleaned from Facebook’s CEO Sheryl Sandberg; the 5 things that really motivate your employees are purely things that have worked for me over the last 30 years. I’ve worked in companies with 1000’s of employees to a small business with 6. Every team and individual has different motivators, I am purely looking at five quick ways to motivate your team. Whether you are a department head, the MD / CEO or even a Senior Partner in a law firm responsible for talent acquisition or general HR, this short list is for you. Read more