This week is National Work Life Week, run by Working Families which is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. Working Families is a charity which helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work. This week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance Why are we,
New leaders, particularly new leaders working with new teams, make mistakes. It’s human nature and, of course, any level of leadership is a learning curve and making mistakes is all part of the process. If you are a new leader you can avoid some basic mistakes by taking on board advice from our experienced coaches and our seasoned leaders. Isabela Quinton is a senior Ei
Having a healthy self-worth enables you to connect well with others and to have good relationships at work without stress or conflict. So, what can we do to determine our own worth and position ourselves in the workplace? Start with you Self-care in its true essence is our need to nurture our power. The feelings of being accepted, empowered and self-aware all start within ourselves.
Firstly, let’s meet Tibault. Tibault has just been offered a promotion, but as much as he wanted it, he was considering turning it down. Why? His new role meant meeting lots of new people, attending meetings and social functions in places he was not familiar with, more client contact and more presenting. When we met, he was very concerned about his ability to connect with
Businesses are always changing and fluxing and never more so than at the moment with discussions around the final Brexit deal, the changing face of the high street and the desire of many people to work differently. Turbulence can also be created by something much more specific, such as a business merger, a hostile take-over or acquisition of another site, or perhaps an unplanned crisis.
Very simple phrases and words that you use on a daily basis benefit other people (and you) in lots of ways! Hello! Say ‘Hello’, ‘Hi’ or ‘Good Morning’ to those you meet from the beginning of the day until the end. It’s just friendly and shows you are up for the day! Please and thank you. Good manners of course, but also words that motivate
It’s still commonplace for businesses to be obsessed about efficiency, whether they are referring to their processes, procedures or people. It’s a reasonable objective to have, but what do they do when there is no more efficiency to be gained? The smart companies have evolved – most probably realising that improving productivity is a far better long-term strategy. Company culture is continually developing. Indeed, it
We’ve all got ‘hot buttons’! This is what we call the things that really get to you at work. ‘Hot Buttons’ are the triggers that send you into a rant, scare you witless or disrupt your trust in your colleagues or team manager. A definition would read something like this: “An emotional and usually controversial issue or concern that triggers an immediate, intense reaction.” Here’s
When understanding is strong in a team, it builds safety and trust. Research undertaken by our Ei World colleagues, Professor V Druskat and Dr Steven Wolff, shows that when there is understanding in a team, it is a reliable indicator of enhanced performance within that team, allowing it to thrive and not sink under pressure. In this team context, understanding has been found to be
Values play a huge part in our daily lives. From our professional to our personal values, we refer to them to determine every decision we make. Understanding your own values will help you become a better and more authentic team leader. So, what are they? We define values as the moral, ethical and social ideals we develop from our birth onwards. Whether we realise it
One of the best ways you can encourage emotional intelligence in your whole team is to lower the risks of giving and receiving feedback. The more you share your notes on how things are going and share the challenges you feel the team are likely to encounter, the less defensive you and your team will get around sharing criticism. People will feel less isolated and
Regularly we read about established business leaders who have made decisions which have destroyed their businesses. It seems apparent that they must be making bad choices at all levels to get to a point where their business is affected so severely. Why do they sabotage themselves, by making these mistakes which seem obvious to others, but they cannot see? We work with newly promoted team