The Culture Shaper
Jul28

The Culture Shaper

The story below is a chapter from one of our future books, currently going under the working name of "The Culture Shaper". Alain always demanded attention, and today would be no different. His suit carried a designer label, his shoes were shining and his trademark handkerchief was neatly on display in his jacket pocket. Standing in a meeting room on the top floor of the Brighton hotel, his eyes were irresistibly drawn to the burnt-out...

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Make a habit of using we-talk
Jul22

Make a habit of using we-talk

Want a team where people work together, "all for one and one for all"? Then here's a practical recommendation. Make a habit of using we-talk. When you talk about the team, with the team or outside it, use words that demonstrate your commitment to the team, and encourage others to do the same. Use the word we, and mean it. Here are some examples: We have some great opportunities to…Together we can…How can we solve this together?What...

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Pour yourself a virtual cup with your team!
Jun22

Pour yourself a virtual cup with your team!

Just because you're not all in the same place, doesn't mean you can't get together like you normally would. It just needs to be virtually. And if you don't normally get together in this informal way, this is a great time to start it! It's more important than normal to stay close as a team when apart. Book 15-30 minutes once a week when you can all meet up online for a relaxed chat over a coffee/tea. Make it the same time each week to...

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Spreading the bad mood?
Jun11

Spreading the bad mood?

Samuel was in a bad mood, his wife this morning had really annoyed him by being so negative about her new job, she seemed miserable and downbeat, she was complaining that everything was wrong. Samuel had tried to help her see that is wasn’t but it hadn’t done any good. He was frustrated with her being so despondent when she had no reason to. On his way into the office he was reflecting on this and he was feeling pretty despondent...

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5 Leadership acts of kindness
Jun03

5 Leadership acts of kindness

Being kind comes naturally. It's in our human nature to want good things for others, to want others to be happy, to succeed and prosper. As a leader right now in this global pandemic and unrest, it's a necessity to let that natural kindness come to the forefront of how we show up as leaders. We are not always aware of what others are feeling good about or what they are struggling with. Here are 5 powerful leadership acts of kindness...

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Trust impacts the bottom line
Apr24

Trust impacts the bottom line

Sarah was frustrated. She had noticed that her team members often seemed dismissive about the importance of her work. Why are they not interested in my work? Does what I do not matter? Sarah felt angry, defensive and helpless, which made things even worse. Subsequently she didn’t want to work with them and started to avoid them, which impacted communication and team spirit even further. The disconnect between her and most of her...

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