How valuable is your culture?

  If a business is finding things challenging and not delivering the levels of performance it wants, it may well be not as a result of what’s happening around it (the market conditions, customer expectations etc.) but instead due to what’s happening inside its own walls. The way their people feel, think, behave and work together when they come to work. This is your company’s culture. And it’s what ultimately determines what your company is capable of doing and how well it can perform. A culture is a collection of deeply held attitudes, emotions, habits and repeated behaviours. It’s the shared set of assumptions everyone […]

The three characteristics needed to unlock a high performing team

Part 1 – Alignment High performing teams are ones which produce more by working as a group than they do as individuals. They deliver exceptional business performance, lead by example, have a range of skills that complement each other, are motivated to achieve results and are built around strong relationships based on trust. A successful team isn’t just a group of individuals who come together, have meetings, and then return to their departments to get on with ‘business as usual’. It’s a team where the primary focus is on their work as a team and on leading the staff across the whole business. Their departments […]

The value in accountability

  In an accountable business the staff all take responsibility… for their tasks, their customers and their results. That responsibility drives them to succeed and deliver their goals. Accountability has to be led from the top and starts with staff having a clear understanding what’s expected of them. You can motivate and engage a team to move forwards, but they won’t deliver unless they know where they’re trying to go and understand the road they need to take. That understanding is driven by a vision of what your business is trying to achieve, whether that’s Top 10% in customer experience or a 1.8% ROI, a business needs a vision that can […]

One on the board

  Salesperson:   Mr Smith is interested in the Fiesta, I’ve offered £x but he wants a better deal to sign today Sales Manager: OK, I can do another £200 but that’s as far as we can push it Salesperson:   But that’s not going to be enough. Can’t you do anything else, with another £500 I’m sure I can close the deal today and that would give me one on the board for this month Sales Manager:   OK, let me have a look at it and see what I can do… This scenario occurs in most dealerships, most months, and is one I frequently have described […]

Is it possible for managers to coach effectively in a hostile culture?

Is it possible for managers to coach effectively in a hostile culture? Sally Smith, International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2018 Abstract: This paper proposes that it is possible for a manager to effectively coach their team, regardless of the culture that they are operating within. The piece of qualitative research uses Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to provide insight into how a group of managers make sense of their experience of managerial coaching (Smith, Flowers and Larkin, 2009), with data gathered from six purposely selected face-to-face interviews and the results delivered through thematic analysis (Langdridge, 2007). The findings demonstrate that when managers adopt coaching […]