Motivation Archives - Optimum Consulting

Tips to Handle Change

Not only is 2020 a new year but also the start of a new decade. Exciting times! 2020 will of course bring with it a word that we hear a lot but may not like all the time, a word that excites some but that can dis-engage others, a word that that can evoke different

Setting Clear Goals – A Guide to Success

I went to the gym the other day and did a class with a few of my gym buddies. One of the exercises was using the dreaded rowing machine and I was the last one to jump on. Before we started the last round, the PT came to me and said that the best result

The Comfort Zone: Why should I get out of it?

We have all heard this phrase: “You have to get out of your Comfort Zone – you have to push yourself to the next level” But do we actually know what the Comfort Zone is and what are the pros (and cons) for pushing people out of it? What is The Comfort Zone? The comfort

Work life balance – the grand debate

‘Work life balance’ has been a hot topic for both employees and employers for some time now. It has been at the forefront of a lot of management meetings and having a healthy work life balance can be a challenge for businesses, but it can also have a serious impact on organisations. I meet with candidates daily

Are you spreading yourself too thin?

Do you start early and finish late? Are you the kind of person that always says yes to more work? Do you feel like you’re at a breaking point? If so, you could be at risk of burnout. But what is burnout? Well since you asked, burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental

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

Tips to Mould your Path in HR – From a Recent Graduate.

We all have dreams of careers as kids. Going through high school, the biggest question posed at me was: “What will you be studying at university?” My dreams for a career started with wanting to be a Doctor or a Lawyer. Yes, far-fetched, bold and typical, I know. However, in those days, not so long