10 Steps to Choosing the Best Books to Read

10 Steps to Choosing the Best Books to Read There's an approximate 2.2m books published each year, 48,857 published already this year (as of Jan 8th), and according to Google back in August 2010 there was a total of 130 million books that have ever been published. That's a lot of journeys. So how do you pick the best ones? I wrote a blog about listening and someone responded with a simple comment that it's easy (and enjoyable) to listen to … [Read more...]

Does Paying a Bonus Increase Motivation?

I was in a conversation with a friend recently, and we were discussing whether he should introduce bonuses into his organisation. And it reminded me of Maslow's Hierachy of Needs. The American Psychologist, Abraham Maslow introduced the Hierarchy of Needs model in 1940-1950. Many would argue that his theory is still relevant today for understanding human motivation, management training, and personal development. And when it comes to money and … [Read more...]

Decision Time? Then Sleep On It

Decision Time? Then Sleep On It One of the key differences between good leaders and bad leaders, rests on their ability to make good decisions. A good leader knows how to gather all the necessary information needed, understand the consequences of either course of action, gather the experience and viewpoints of others, and be decisive in implementing the necessary actions. A bad leaders responds very quickly when making a decision and may … [Read more...]

The Fragility Of An Idea

The Fragility Of An Idea Sometimes when a new idea first comes to life, it is fragile and needs time to germinate. Like a baby cocooned in the womb, receiving its nutrients with safety and space to grow, a bud can be unleashed to the elements too early. It gets trampled on, crushed, and can be left gasping for air. With your ideas, make sure you feed, nurture and take care of them. Allow them to form a life of their own. For even in those … [Read more...]

11 Top Tips for Team Motivation

11 Top Tips for Team Motivation Have you ever wondered how to motivate your team? Here are 11 top tips to help you out. 1. Know their Strengths Do you understand what makes your team around you buzz and feel motivated? What are the drivers and things that are important for them? What do they get passionate about and enjoy doing? Simply put, what are they great at? It’s so much more important to focus people in on their strengths and … [Read more...]

Business Blame Culture

Businesses with a blame culture that blame their staff for mistakes are businesses that can’t take initiative. It’s so easy for a business blame culture to emerge where people are punished, humiliated and made to feel small for the mistakes that they make. In such companies staff end up watching their backs, it’s everyone for themselves, but yes people do what they’re told to do, down to the letter of the law. Great you may think, but they … [Read more...]

Hidden Persuaders- Learning How to Think Better

Have you seen Derren Brown's 'Heist?' I love it. For those of you that haven't had the pleasure, it tracks the story of Derren 'influencing' three people to use a gun to rob a security guard, and run away with two cases packed full of money. It's very entertaining to watch, and is a brilliant reminder as to how powerfully the mind can influence what we think- for good and bad outcomes. Without ruining it, as you can see it here (Derren Brown's … [Read more...]

Enneagram and Myers Briggs

Enneagram and Myers Briggs View more presentations from Caleb Storkey. … [Read more...]