Should Managers shift for Millennials?

I was speaking to a Manager the other day who is having issues with some of his younger staff.  The Millennials, Generation Ys, call them what you will.  He was telling me that he feels he has to ‘mollycoddle’ them to get them to engage with work and really, he thinks they should be just getting on with it. After all, he had to just knuckle down and fit in.  No-one pandered to his every whim just … [Read more...]

How do you build your dream Generation Y employee?

What are Your Skills and Passions - Venn Diagram

 What is a dream employee? Obviously, this will vary from company to company and even amongst individuals in the same company but, if you are like most Managers, you are strung out, frazzled, overworked and stressed. So, often, what you want, above all else, is someone who is genuinely interested in the job you’ve given them. Someone who feels passionate about the company, wants to learn, … [Read more...]

What everybody should know about Leaders

Business woman and her team

Do you know what type of Leader or Follower you are? You might think you don’t need to know as long as you are effective, but being aware of your own Leadership approach, or that of the people who lead you, can reduce stress, conflict and tensions, improve performance and lead to better communications. Many executives develop their leadership style early on in their career and it works for … [Read more...]

Heard the one about the 5 monkeys?

Baby bonobo, Pan paniscus, 4 months old, sitting against white background

Harry Harlow and his associates at the Primate Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin placed five monkeys in a cage and, in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey went up the ladder, the other ones beat up the one on the ladder. After some time, no … [Read more...]

Why do good employees leave?

HM man rowing

I recently took part in a discussion on LinkedIn, which asked the question 'Why do good employees leave?'  Responses came from all over the globe but there was a striking similarity in what led to people leaving. Of all the reasons, not being respected and recognised for their talent and contribution and not valued as a person came up frequently; closely followed by being poorly managed and a … [Read more...]