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10 09, 2015

Helping People to Change – the use of motivational interviewing

By |2017-08-08T04:29:55+00:00September 10th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

If you're in any type of counselling or life-coaching role where you're trying to bring about change in people, then you've probably heard of a technique referred to as "motivational interviewing"....... But in case you're not familiar with the method, it's an approach based upon helping another person (your client) become more connected with their own reasons [...]

10 09, 2015

How to Choose a Training Consultant – 5 tips

By |2017-08-08T04:29:55+00:00September 10th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Choosing the right training consultant for your business If your business is looking to bring in a training consultant to delver some training to your staff, what exactly should you look for? Whether it is leadership training for your managers, or team building to improve staff engagement and work-group cohesion, or  perhaps customer service training for your [...]

29 08, 2015

Peak Performance Tips – how to be the best you can be

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00August 29th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The goal of peak performance is to discover your best Peak performance is less about whether you are performing better or worse than anyone else - and more about whether you are performing to your best. Sure, there are times in sport and business when you might well find yourself in competitive situations - and then you probably will be benchmarking yourself [...]

6 07, 2015

How to Flourish – Lessons from positive psychology

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00July 6th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Positive psychology and the study of happiness Positive psychology is an emerging branch of psychology that seeks to better understand the dynamics of happiness and well-being.  Any guidance that it offers aims to be rooted in good science ..... In other words, through the use of well-conducted research it aims to gather data that identifies what enables people to [...]

23 06, 2015

How to be happy? …. Choose happiness

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00June 23rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

It was William Shakespeare’s Hamlet who said, “Nothing is either good or bad, it is our thinking that makes it so”. Those words might serve to remind you of the power in your thoughts. Yes, there will probably be times when you will face difficult and maybe deeply upsetting circumstances in your life over which you have no [...]

21 06, 2015

Hiring tips – using a recruitment agency

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00June 21st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Hiring the wrong person can be extremely costly for your business. If recruitment is something that you do only occasionally – and if you feel that you lack the expertise, time or confidence to get this right, then you might well consider the use of a recruitment agency. Alternatively, if you decide you want to train your [...]

11 05, 2015

The leadership practices of leaders when they are at their best

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00May 11th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

"What are you doing as a leader when you are performing at your best?" This is the question that researchers Kouzes and Posner asked when they interviewed thousands of people in  management and leadership roles in the mid 198o's. The responses formed the basis of their model "Exemplary Leadership Practices" and which they wrote about in their [...]

1 05, 2015

Drive – What the science of workplace motivation reveals

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00May 1st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Workplace motivation - what drives people to perform better? Daniel Pink, in his best-selling book "Drive - The Amazing Truth About What Motivates Us" reveals some of the recent science around motivation. Yes, the traditional notion of reward and punishment still has some relevance today. And the "carrot and stick" has been central to the way [...]

7 04, 2015

Avoid these 5 common job interview mistakes

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00April 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Hey if you're someone who tends to walk out of job interviews with a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, recognising that you haven't done a particularly good job of selling yourself or your capabilities - then you're certainly not alone. Avoid these 5 interview pitfalls Here are five of the most common ways that interviewees [...]

7 04, 2015

Influencing Tips for the Workplace

By |2017-08-08T04:29:56+00:00April 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The modern workplace is more about influence and less about hierarchy influencing. It's about making connections with people. And you make connections with people by showing them that you are genuinely interested in their goals, ideas, concerns and opinions. The modern business model is based upon building partnerships - with customers, staff, suppliers and the community. There are so many different types of relationships that you need to build and maintain, that you simply can't afford to become complacent and expect that your position title will grant you automatic respect and acquiescence from others.