How a focus on human strengths can boost productivity

In the UK we work hard… very hard. According to a study by the TUC, we work the longest hours in Europe: 42 hours per week compared to Germany’s 40 hours, France’s 39 and Denmark’s 37.7. That all adds up to two extra weeks of work a year. But despite logging that additional time, we […]

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What does human leadership really look like?

By Holly Holm-Powell “The shift from survive to thrive depends on an organisation becoming, and remaining, distinctly human at its core. This isn’t just a different way of thinking and acting. It’s a different way of being.”Deloitte, 2021 Over the past couple of years, our leaders and managers have really had to step up and […]

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The power of conversations at work

It might be stating the obvious, but business is about people. Yes, digital tools help boost efficiency but the essence of business and delivering high quality work comes down to people – individuals being able to play to their strengths and the relationships within teams. With many of us now coming together in person more […]

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Why now is the time for human leadership

Nobody aspires to a leadership position expecting an easy ride, but it’s fair to say that the last two years have tested leaders like never before. Dealing with wave after wave of the pandemic and the associated impact of repeated lockdowns on finances, operations and morale has left many leaders feeling battered, bruised and burned […]

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Why you can’t have performance without wellbeing

For the last two years, we have been living through a health crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has brought home to many of us just how fragile and precious our physical health – and the health of our loved ones – is. It has also taken its toll on our mental health, whether through anxiety about […]

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Learning from bees and starlings: Introducing TeamFlow

Have you ever looked up at the sky at dusk and witnessed a murmuration of starlings? It’s a breathtaking, awe-inspiring sight: a whirling mass of thousands of birds wheeling, darting and swooping in unison. As a collective they just seem to know – seamlessly, effortlessly and joyfully – where to go and what to do. […]

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Self Management To Be A Role Model

People look to their leaders and managers more in times of uncertainty for guidance and an example of how to respond to challenges and opportunities that arise. So if we as leaders are asking others about their performance and wellbeing, we need to demonstrate that it is something we care about through our everyday actions. […]

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Flowing through powerful communication

Whatever sector and role you are in, the last year has been a tough one for everyone, both professionally and personally. Teams have been challenged like never before, whether having to start working together entirely remotely or being thrown into unprecedented, frantically busy circumstances on the frontline. With the health crisis of the pandemic turning […]

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Finding team flow through team motivators

The concept of purpose is having a moment right now. From new RBS CEO Alison Rose announcing her plan to build a purpose-led bank to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber publicly committing to a goal of getting the food multinational certified as a B Corp (a business that balances profit and purpose), you can’t move for […]

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On Track

Staying on track as a team is critical to achievement of overall outcomes and requires regular monitoring. However this monitoring needs to go beyond simply checking our to do lists, but to the heart of managing our energy towards our work and continually reassessing and reviewing realistic team goals and outcomes. Checking in with ourselves […]

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Relationship Management as Human Connectors

Relationships affect our entire lives as human beings and hence there are so many ways to improve relationships in and out of work.  In humanising work we need to recognise that it is not only those relationships at work that affect how we are as leaders, how we perform and our overall wellbeing.  It is […]

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Human Connection

Due to the pandemic, almost everyone has had to adapt to a new way of working. This presents significant challenges for us as individuals, teams and organisations. Working remotely can have it’s benefits, but also risks the loss of human connection and lack of opportunity to build high-quality relationships. It’s important for us to consider […]

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