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Hiring is a Competitive Sport - Here’s How to Win ...

Andrew Penny, June 7 2022

One of our clients is expanding quite quickly and hiring people. They are in the business of creating complex and highly sensitive sensors to measure everything that’s going on with our ocean waters. Naturally they’re looking to hire people who are interested and hopefully passionate about the same sorts of things. So what do they do if they want t...

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Leadership & Management

I don't have a Toxic Culture – Do I?

Graham Birkenhead, May 31 2022

A recent UK employee study paints a rather troubling picture of company life. It found that: The study went on to identify that roughly half the people would leave a negative on-line review about their company, and that nearly 50% wouldn't even apply to a company that had negative online reviews.   At a time when so many companies are struggling to...

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Leadership & Management

The Secret Ingredient for a World Leading Culture

Graham, May 17 2022

We intuitively know the correlation between company culture and company success (including success in attracting and retaining great people). Research shows that companies who’s staff describe their culture as good or excellent seem to be thriving in all respects. We also know how to build an outstanding culture:

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Leadership & Management

When does a Square Peg fit perfectly into  a Round Hole?

Graham, May 10 2022

We often use the term 'a square peg in a round hole' to describe someone that in some way just doesn't fit either in the role, the office, or just the culture.  That interpretation comes from an early 19th-century philosophical treatise* that considered people and their situations as a wide range of shapes - including triangles and oblongs, and not...

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Leadership & Management

Your Employees: “Should I stay or should I go now?”

Graham, April 19 2022

There is undoubtedly a bit of a major transformation of the working world going on. Some say it's a "clash” between old school and new school management.  Unemployment has never been lower, the number of job vacancies has never been higher, and yet there are more and more people choosing not to work – or not do paid work.  And this leads to greate...

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Leadership & Management

It's Happening Again

Graham, March 15 2022

- Great Uncertainty needs Exceptional Strategic Thinking - This war is creating LOTS of uncertainty, and in times of uncertainty, some good strategic thinking is the order of the day.  I have written before about the effects of uncertainty (Insidious Uncertainty); we humans, and I include business owners in that, really dislike uncertainty. When fa...

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Leadership & Management

Lead with the Dream

Jelena Franco, March 8 2022

In the last two years, the world has been turned upside down, firstly by Covid, even more so in the last two weeks with the appalling events in Ukraine. Business leaders, having pushed through the Covid restrictions and adjusted to a “new normal,” are now challenged with another storm of change - a geopolitical one.

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How should your culture grow with your company?

Graham, February 22 2022

Last week, Andrew wrote about the 3 stages of growth that a company experiences.  While a company needs to adjust what it does as it grows, it also needs to change what it is, and this parallel change in being is a cultural journey. Your culture is created by the people within your company. Cultures often naturally drift and evolve over time, but...

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Leadership & Management

How to Evaluate your Values

Graham, February 8 2022

I am a great believer in the value of a company being in touch with its values.  And I am greatly saddened when I see those values distilled into a mere list of words that are written on walls and published in websites.  And you know some of the words I'm talking about:  Communication, Respect, Integrity and Excellence are a few of the common ones...

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Executive Privilege and Why You Don’t Want It

Andrew Penny, October 28 2021

The reason I bring this up is because of a more recent interaction with Bell. My internet stopped working and so I went online to try and resolve it… The first items on their phone tree are all about buying a new phone, a new TV service, faster internet etc… Eventually you get down to repairs and you again click through a long tree only to be put o...

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