What we know and what we don’t know about engagement

The engagement concept has become a workplace buzzword over the past seven years. Every organisation wants the best part of their workforce to be fully or semi engaged, and less disengaged. However, many attempts have failed to create this shift, and our engagement levels remain...

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Goal achievement

The four steps to achieving goals

The working environment is extremely goal and output orientated. Leaders often ask for things to be done or specify goals to be attained within a predetermined timeline. They may share some words of advice or make suggestions, but after that it’s up to the employee...

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Motivation is not only up to the leader

Motivating employees is an art and a science that causes despair for leaders. Motivating a person to commit and complete a task because they want to as opposed to because they have to, brings about completely different performance results. Different motivation theories have been developed...

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Distrust diminishes the bottom line

Teams produce synergies that individuals can’t, either from a capacity or an ability factor. Working side by side, collaborating, sharing ideas, finding solutions, and supporting one another is what team members should be doing, and most of the time yearn to do. However, if two...

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Seven facts about conflict that leaders need to know

Leaders yearn to lead effective, high performing teams where everybody gets on, works together in harmony, collaborates on tasks, and performs well together. Communication, or rather the lack of it, is often the cause of unhealthy team dynamics and team ineffectiveness. But when diagnosing a...

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Team work

What makes up a high-performing team?

Sometimes the sayings “teamwork is dream work” or “many hands make light work” doesn’t seem to be the reality in teams. Teams within organisations are pervasive; we need them in every area of our business and in every industry. However, what starts off as pure...

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Middle Management

Is Middle Management on the extinct list?

Middle management is the entry leadership level in an organisation and is attained because of delivering exceptional performance all the time. Leaders recognise potential in middle managers and advance them based on technical skill-competency. However, what happens after the promotion and when the novelty wears...

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Ask Questions

Questions and not answers make phenomenal leaders

Many thought leaders use external independent coaches to help them to gain new perspectives and solutions to complex situations. Insights and awareness gained in a coaching session come from asking powerful questions, and the absolute art and science of coaching is to listen, to be...

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Executive well-being

What is Executive and Leader Well-being?

  Leaders are the catalysts that transform vision into action and this is why they fulfil a critical role in driving organisational success as well as ensuring team members’ well-being. It’s a role that is tricky and complicated because the leadership competency determines an organisation’s level...

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Unpacking the term “engagement”

Over the past few years the buzzword in organisational language has been “engagement”. Global statistics have shown that an average of 18% of employees are engaged with 65% of them not engaged and 25% actively disengaged. The figures for South Africa are lower, with engaged...

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