Blog2022-05-19T11:20:26+02:00

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Managing Your Energy, Not Your Time

In this video, I want to talk to you about, do you manage your energy, or do you manage your time? Two totally different concepts, but I don't know how often you allow your energy to actually impact and influence your level of performance and productivity. Do you look at your task list in the morning or the meetings that you all have scheduled and does that dictate your day, regardless of what your energy level is like? Think of situations where your energy levels have been low. What changes can you make to ensure that you are productive with your energy, so that the time spent doesn't need to be managed.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

In this video, I want to talk to you about feedback. Imagine feedback being a gift, a present that you are receiving, and some gifts that you receive are nicely wrapped and they have a bow around them, while others aren't. But is it really about the outside wrapping that's important or is it about the content? So, feedback is the content. It might not always be wrapped very nicely and it might not always have a bow around it, but it's about the content, which is the intent of the feedback. It is important to provide feedback, so I would like to leave you with some tips on how to provide feedback, especially in this hybrid world we now find ourselves in. What kind of feedback to you consider invaluable?

Your Hybrid Working Environment

In this video, I want to talk to you about your hybrid working environment. In the new hybrid workplace, we have no deviation from our environment. Every day feels the same. We get up, we dress up, we have meetings, we answer emails, we end the day, and it’s a repeat and recycle the next day. So, what do we do? How can we change that? Watch this video for some tips on how to change your daily workplace environment and make it more stimulating.

Well-being In The Workplace

In this video, I want to talk to you about well-being in the workplace. How do you create a company or an organisation where well-being is part of the strategy? Educate and make your employees mindful of what well-being is all about. Because as an organisation, you have a role to play to create the environment or the playground for people to actually experience well-being. How does your company instil well-being in the workplace?

Leadership Effectiveness

In this video, I want to talk to you about leadership effectiveness. Many leaders do not know what their exact role is and that is the key thing to find out. Leadership effectiveness is pretty much an open definition and it's your definition. You need to have heart and passion in order to be an effective leader. What makes you an effective leader?

How To Delegate Effectively

In this video, I want to talk to you about delegation. Delegation is about growing an individual, mentoring them and investing time in them. By delegating, you are empowering your team to actually grow and develop which is one core leadership function that you are responsible for. What does delegation mean to you?

Values Need To Be Utilised More In The Workplace

In this video, I want to talk to you about one of the most underutilised items in a company that leaders can absolutely use but don't. And that is values. Bringing in values creates that level of fairness and that open discussion. What are the key values of your company or your team?

How To Create An Inclusive Workplace

In this video, I want to talk to you about how to create an inclusive workplace. How do you make sure that every single person in your organization feels that they are part of a team, feels that they are connected to the values and respected as an individual, as well as part of the purpose and the mission? Share with us how your company promotes inclusivity in the workplace.

A Habit Called Excellence

In this video, I want to talk to you about excellence and the habit of excellence. Aristotle once said excellence is not an art, it's a habit. And like with any habit, when you started, you become so consciously aware of how you are not meeting up to this expectation, but that's great because that awareness helps you to create more observation and evaluation. So, choose today to make excellence a habit and really increase your level of wellbeing, job satisfaction, fulfillment, and just being at your optimal.

The Concept That A Company Is Not A Family

In this video, I want to talk to you about the concept that a company is not a family. While it is important to ensure there are family values in the workplace, care needs to be taken to not create an expectation and confuse the performance with relationships. Find other ways to serve the company strategy and culture without losing the humanity component. Does your company maintain that balance?

Three Work Orientation Styles and Expectations

In this video, I want to talk to you about the three work orientation styles and the expectations. Every person has a different reason for the job they have chosen. Some do it for money, others wish to be successful and there are those who find passion in the work they do. Every company needs to ensure they fine tune their recruitment process to ensure they get the individual they need for the role. Have you considered where some of your employees fit in? How was their recruitment process?

The Cost of a Toxic Work Environment

In this video, I want to talk to you about the cost of a toxic work environment. You may have heard the expression called "the great resignation". Companies are losing employees rapidly. Companies where the culture no longer serves them. And if you think about it, what makes up a big component of an organisations culture? It is diversity, equality, and respect and if those are not in place, the environment you are in could be considered toxic. What do you do when you are in a toxic environment or situation at work?

Leadership and Sportsmanship

In this video, I want to talk to you about leadership and sportsmanship. If you watch competitive sports, there is always someone who wins and someone who loses. It's about the behaviour afterwards. Do they go up towards each other, shake hands, and very kindly congratulate each other? Or are they bitter about the loss? And that made me think, how do we, as leaders display great sportsmanship in business? What are the values of either the company or your team?

How To Become a Virtual Employee

In this video, I want to talk to you about how to become a virtual employee. We are now on the dawn of a new way of working where we can work when we want to, perhaps where we want to. But with that comes different challenges. How have you adapted to a virtual or hybrid way of working?

The Death of a Leader

If you think about it, leadership is like social media. You've continuously got to be relevant, current, up-to-date and with it. The latest styles, the latest trends. Have you ever thought about it? So, think about your leadership style. Is it relevant or does it need a "social media" upgrade?

Empathy as a Must-Have Leadership Skill

In this video, I want to talk to you about a key leadership skill called empathy. Companies and leaders who focus on empathy as part of their culture will naturally increase performance, productivity, engagement, and motivation. How are you bringing empathy into your organization and what are the successes of doing that?

The Power Of Kindness At Work

In this video, I want to discuss the power of kindness. In this fast-paced society, we often overlook small gestures of kindness and underestimate how kind gestures can go a long way. Have you ever witnessed an act of kindness? We all need to be mindful of what those around us are going through. Being kind does not cost a thing and you never know just how much your act of kindness is needed.

The Misalignment Between Values and Goals

In this video, I want to talk to you about the misalignment between values and goals. We all have goals that we want to strive for. They might be short-term goals, medium-term goals, or long-term goals, both in our personal lives or in our professional lives. But what is critical is that these goals need to be aligned with our values, otherwise they feel like chores, and they lose their joy.

Self-Care Is Important To Avoid Burnout

In this video, I discuss the topic of self-care, especially for leaders of teams. Have you or someone in your workplace suffered from burnout and if so, what do you do to encourage self-care? How do you assist your teams with self-care in the workplace? We look at some alternatives to try in your working environment to avoid your team from reaching burnout.

The Concept Of Bullied Assistance

In this video, I want to talk to you about the concept of bullied assistance. Has a leader or senior team member ever made you feel bullied into a decision or into saying and doing something you are not comfortable with? Is it time to have a tough discussion with a leader?

How To Roll Out Mentorship In An Organisation

In this video, I want to share how to roll out mentorship in an organisation. Mentorship is a lot about taking somebody under your wings and guiding them, helping them grow in their role. If you focus on mentoring individual team members, you leave a legacy behind. And isn't that empowering and gratifying when you leave an organisation one day, knowing you've left a legacy behind and you've groomed a leader or a future individual to step up in that role.

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