How To Be Sustainable And Get Your Employees On Board

In today’s world, sustainability is crucial to the longevity and success of your business. Whether you like it or not, embracing sustainable practices and implementing new standards is expected, and if anything, now considered the new benchmark for business operations. Those who aren’t jumping on the sustainability bandwagon may be putting themselves in a tricky situation, and can soon see faults in their stride. Consumers, more informed than ever, have higher expectations from the businesses they choose to engage with, and are now actively seeking companies and organisations that are take the extra step. However, if you’re a small business, it can be challenging to not only embrace sustaina

Mindfulness: Why You Need It And How To Achieve It

Consciousness. Being present without judgement. A mental state achieved by focusing your awareness. Do these things come to mind when you think of mindfulness? You’ve probably seen the word multiple times, maybe you’ve looked into it, or maybe you’re tired of hearing it so often in the industry. Maybe you even correlate mindfulness to a yoga retreat, but in the modern workplace, it is key to finding balance, being productive and attaining success. At the end of the day, it’s a popular term for a reason. Many successful people attribute mindfulness to their achievements, and research is continuously finding new ways mindfulness impacts a persons actions and behaviour. So, before we explain it

5 Leadership Skills and Qualities for the Future

In today’s modern business world, we’re seeing the rise of many leaders. Employees have the varied experience and confidence to step up into leadership roles, and more than ever, we’re seeing entrepreneurial skills in our team members. But what are the characteristics that will stand out, and be prominent and necessary in the future of business? How will we need to tailor our approach and expectations? We’ve complied a list of 5 skills and qualities that future leaders will require in order to put the organisational mission into action, empower their team and respond to upcoming generations and technology. 1. Empathy Leadership has always required a strong foundation of emotional intelligenc

Secrets of Negotiation

In today’s world, we’re negotiating every single day. With customers, suppliers, employees, managers, and competitors – you’re engaging with stakeholders, making decisions and seeking to withdraw the highest value from each interaction. You may often attach the skills required for them to circumstances like contracts, compensation, acquisitions etc., but the smaller, day-to-day compromises and deals we make also lay the foundations to how we approach negotiations in general, as well as those with higher stakes. We’re also working in a market oversaturated with business and entrepreneurs. More than ever, who we negotiate with, and how we do it, has a high impact on our commercial presence, lo

Does Your Team Need Training?

As a business owner or manager, there are a few questions regarding your team that may often come to mind. Are they working efficiently? Are they giving me their best? Do they have sufficient skills and knowledge? Am I giving them opportunities to grow? Are they improving on their weaknesses’? Do the enjoy working for my business? The list goes on and on, because as you know, optimum team performance and productivity requires ongoing and flexible management. So, you may also find yourself asking the question, does my team need training? Regardless of whether you’ve hired the best in the business, your profits are continuously growing or you’ve facilitated a successful and inclusive company c

Turning Conflict into a Learning Curve

You may have heard of this quote before: Failure is not failure if you learn from it. Often, conflict in the workplace is perceived as a negative element that can hinder team harmony and productivity, and can lead to the breakdown of goals, projects and in worst case scenarios, the overall business. It can be seen as professional failure. However, as we’ve just been reminded of – failure isn’t failure if you learn from it. While unresolved communication, role identity or workplace inequality conflicts may be harmful to a business, other forms of conflict can act as a catalyst for innovation and team growth. Further, regardless of the conflict form (described below), observation, reflection

When to Trust your Gut, when to go by the Rules

Are you a stickler to the rules or do you just fly by the seat of your pants and hope for the best? Do you apply your gut instincts to situations or do you ignore them as being untrustworthy, unimportant or irrelevant? The challenge leaders and managers quite often face is knowing when to follow the rules and when to trust our gut. So, how do we decide when it’s appropriate to trust our gut and when it is not? And do we have to choose one or the other? As humans, we naturally use our gut feeling and our instincts as a part of the decision-making process. It’s the other brain in our body. As leaders we need to take our gut feeling and evaluate it to see if it makes sense in context. We need t

Do Effective Teams Have Conflict?

Teams consist of people. And people, by nature, are different. Distinctive personalities, values and perceptions impact the attitudes and behaviours of individuals in a team. Often, where there is difference, room for conflict increases, in the form of: Task conflict: disagreements over what the team is supposed to accomplish. Relationship conflict: disagreements between members that have become personal. Process conflicts: disagreements over how the team should go about its work. This is inevitable, regardless of the size and scope of the business. Many of us have been conditioned to perceive conflict negatively, which is true when that conflict is correlated to unresolved issues of commun

Communicating to Diverse Stakeholders

Just as every project you manage in your business is unique, so are its stakeholders. Whether your business offers a ‘one-size fits all’ or a ‘made-to-order’ strategy, is its imperative to employ differing communication tactics with your directors, suppliers, customers and even community members, as each require different levels of attention, management and interaction. As stakeholders both impact and are impacted by your business, how you approach their attitudes, behaviours and expectations can impact your organisation. Here are 3 steps to guide you to effective stakeholder communication management. 1. Identify all your stakeholders The first step to ensuring you can effectively communicat

Making 2018 The Best Year For Your Business

2017 is coming to an end, and for some, it’s been an excellent year, while for others, 2018 couldn’t come fast enough. No matter what group you fall into, a new year brings a new opportunity to make 2018 a successful year for your business. While the challenges and issues you are currently facing don’t magically disappear, the essence of a new year brings excitement, anticipation and hope. You are presented with a fresh start, which you can either disregard or completely embrace, and it’s the latter that will help your business and team flourish in the coming year. As we know, leaders can do anything but not everything, and as there is so much to think about within a business, we’ve complied

The #1 reason people leave their jobs, and what you can do about it

Why do people leave their jobs? Are they unsatisfied with their work? Do they feel too challenged or not challenged enough? Are they looking for a change of career? Do they want more autonomy? There are many diverse and complex reasons, however none of the motives mentioned above are the primary reason why people resign or quit… According to a Gallup poll of 1 million employees in the US, the #1 reason people leave their jobs is a bad boss or immediate supervisor. Take a moment to think about that… Further, in an another Gallup study with over 7000 adults, it was found that 50% of employees resigned from their workplace in order to “get away from their manager…” You’ve heard it time and time

Diversity in the Workplace

In the globalised, modern world that our businesses are operating in, it is crucial to facilitate diversity in the workplace. Before we cover the reasons and benefits of having diversity in your business, let’s clarify what it really means: Diversity covers important and interrelated dimensions of human identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, nationality, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and age. It’s a broad spectrum, reflective of the differences and similarities between people and extremely relevant to your business as diversity impacts your bottom line, and beyond. We’ve complied a few facts to get you thinking a

Managers vs Leaders

Management and leadership are complimentary, and link in many dynamic ways. However, they are not interchangeable. There are distinct differences that become apparent when you are trying to succeed in either role, and to help you identify and clarify these variances between a manager and a leader, we’ve compiled a list of 15 primary distinctions… Managers set and measure goals, leaders create and drive a vision. Managers maintain systems, leaders strive for innovation. Managers can adopt styles, leaders define them. Managers control risk, leaders take them. Managers think short-term, leaders think long-term. Managers use existing skills, leaders constantly grow. Managers build processes, lea

The Do's and Don'ts of Decision Making

Decision making is a skill and process imperative in today’s dynamic, fast-paced business environment. Industries are competitive, and players are differentiated by their ability to make strong, calculated and proactive decisions. Perhaps you have difficulty making good decisions, you experience self-doubt during and after making one, or your past decisions have failed you. The good news is that decision-making is an ability that you don’t need to be born with – it can be practised, refined and mastered. All decisions carry some type of risk or compromise, and often, complex decisions act as a catalyst for future opportunities or challenges, so when approaching them, confidence and clarity i

5 struggles every leader faces - and how to overcome them

Being a leader can be just as challenging as it is rewarding. It’s an experience and responsibility that comes with both triumphs and trials. We’ve discussed how to transition into a leadership role, we’ve looked at qualities that make an excellent leader and we’ve even shared one of the most crucial skills necessary for successful leadership. However, we’ve yet to further explore the difficulties faced by those in leadership positions, so today we’re going to speak about the 5 primary struggles every leader faces, and as we’re aware that growth results from tackling an obstacle head on, we’re also sharing tips on how to overcome them. 1. Feeling inadequate A leadership position often comes

How to protect your business

Safety should be at the top of every company’s list of critical business values. Not only does a safety culture enhance employee moral and performance, encourage confidence from stakeholders and improve your bottom line, but it also protects your business from economic and legal pitfalls. Common mistakes made by businesses are often due to a lack of awareness and knowledge surrounding WHS. Unidentified hazards, preventable employee injuries, insufficient documentation, changing workplace practices and overlooked regulations are just a handful of drawbacks that are costly, limit output and can threaten your business. There are dozens of fines imposed on companies by courts across Australia.

How to motivate your team

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team”. The people in your team are your best asset, and the most valuable resource to your business. Treating your employees the way you want them to treat your customers is key. They turn your visions into reality, their skills and performance keep your company running, and they are your primary brand representatives. A strong, productive and unified team facilitates efficiency, growth and success. But we all know keeping a team strong, productive and unified isn’t always easy. So how can you continuously steer them in a direction that facilitates that success? What can you do as a business owner, leader

The Triple D's of Inertia

You know those times when you feel lazy, sluggish and bored? When you feel dull and tired, and not motivated at all? Sometimes those moments stretch into hours, or days. You procrastinate work, postpone deadlines and hesitate to make decisions. You might call it a ‘bad day’, say you need another coffee or even blame it on the weather. Sometimes, to make things easier, you stick with what you’ve done in the past, you don’t speak up or you don’t take what others say on board. There’s a term for all of this, and maybe you’ve heard of it before in a science context – inertia. Inertia is when a matter continues in its existing state, resisting a change in motion or rest. When it comes to business

Why some people win, and others don't

We often call people in the industry who go after what they want, and get it, as ‘sharks’. They are cunning, driven and have their eye on the prize. We might attribute their success to their focus and instinct, and this is certainly true. However, a lot of their success also lies on their constant hustle. Many species of sharks must keep moving in order to stay alive – if they stop swimming, their breathing mechanisms are hindered and lack of oxygen leads to death. The ‘sharks’ in our industries have embodied this trait as well, learning to constantly move forward, using momentum to capture and learn from every opportunity. The ‘sharks’ among us often experience victory, because they’ve lear

How to earn and maintain respect in the workplace

One thing that gives leaders their platform, status and influence is respect. Not only is it a feeling or a value, but also a mind-set, an attitude and a character. With origins from the Latin word ‘respectus’, referring to the action of looking back with consideration and regard, respect encompasses how people perceive you, your values and how it impacts them. It also embodies how you distinguish and hold yourself. Respect in the workplace is crucial to who you are as a leader – It can make or break your relationships with stakeholders, your role in the business and your position in the industry. There are many ways respect can be cultivated, so we’ve broken down the word to give you an ide

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