Leadership

Diversity In The Workplace – More Than Just Meeting A Quota

Diversity in the workplace is becoming a more and more prominent issue in today’s society with organisations having ‘quotas’ in terms of male to female ratios to achieve gender balance. I was having a conversation with a group of male and female friends about this recently and it turned into a somewhat lively discussion about

The power of ‘Good Work’ – Reflections of a Senior Business Leader

I was speaking with a close and respected Senior Business Leader the other day who had recently finished a senior executive role after two seemingly successful years in the job.  On refection he said he was in a business that, with his experience and knowledge, he would be at the top of his game.  He

The Ride – A lesson in teamwork and mind control

There are so many great lessons we all learn from life. Some will be positive and some negative and some will have a greater impact on you than others. Earlier this year, myself alongside 36 others took on a challenge and rode a bike from Brisbane to Townsville to raise money for cancer research and

Improving workplace performance – the art of simplicity or complexity?

For the last few years I have had the privilege of working on a project with a clear and meaningful purpose – to create a simple way to support managers and team members to do their jobs properly.  Although the solution wasn’t clear at the beginning, we knew we were tackling something high on the

Insights and advice on Employee Engagement: Tip #1: Give them Jimi!

When I was a teenager I taught myself how to play the guitar, my father was a huge music fan having been brought up in 1960’s UK experiencing the global cultural change of that era. Music was a great influencer and political tool: bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who all engaged their

My experience as a FTM (First Time Manager)

Over the last 12-months I have moved into a leadership position within our company, Optimum Consulting. Managing/Leading a team is something that I have wanted to do since I entered the workforce and a goal that I have spoken to my manager about for the last few years. I think it was even something that

Teamwork – Learning from the New Zealand All Blacks, Harvard Research and Ants!

How do the best teams work?  I’ve collated three extremely different reference points to help answer this question. Teamwork is the combined actions of a group of people working together effectively to achieve a goal. So, for most managers in the workplace, the focus on building great teams should be front and centre and I

Memory and Team Performance

Is relying on memory damaging the experience and performance of your team? Many years ago I found myself moving into a Senior Leadership position in a fast-growing global company.  At the time I was horribly unprepared for the experience and essentially had to make things up as I was going along.  It seems learning on

Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy and Motivated at Work

Happy employees are more productive, creative and are motivated to go to work early every day. They are valuable team players. But how do we keep employees happy? How do we keep them motivated despite the deadlines and pressure that day to day work brings. According to Gretchen Rubin, a New York Times bestselling author