Manage your direct reports.
The moment your business gets large enough that you need to hire employees then you have an employee management requirement. Our experience shows that this is one of the most neglected skills in the SME market in New Zealand. You need your employees to help…
Theory X and Theory Y
Understanding People’s Motivations What do you think motivates your people to come to work each morning? Do you believe that they get great satisfaction from their work and take pride in doing the best possible job? Or do you think that they see work as a burden,…
Who would have imagined the space we now inhabit?
Has everybody’s plan gone out the window in the last six months? Late last year we were all starting to think about the coming Christmas, and the new year was nearly upon us. What were we going to do over the break? I believe that…
Why did you go into business?
One of the first questions we ask of any client we are about to work with is why did you go into business? The second question is, has it turned out like you thought it would? There are many reasons why people want to have…
Are you a natural born leader? Test your leadership talents.
Are you passionate about leadership? Or uncertain if you have that je ne c’est quoi for inspiring a team? Not everyone is born to lead, but with determination and learned skills, most people can develop and cultivate their leadership skills enough to do well in…
4 Tips on how to be an ethical business leader
There is an evident difference between a leader and a boss, and the way they make those below them feel. Do they abuse their power to intimidate workers, or do they lead by example? The latter is key to managing a healthy, happy team. “In…
Owning a business is not a job
I talk at length to my clients about how owning a business should not be thought of as having a job. It may feel like that at times, however a business should be an answer to what the owner wants from life – owning a…
Under-appreciated staff are a cost to your business
By David Hassell for 15 Five. “There’s a lot of truth behind the saying “people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses”. More often than not, it’s not because they are underpaid or overworked… it’s because they feel undervalued and unappreciated. Two of the most basic human…
Is underpaying staff costing your business?
Paying your staff too little can be more damaging than paying them too much – and it can cost your business more! We all know how costly and time consuming it can be to find the right person for a role – interviews, commission to…
When Employees Bring Personal Struggles Into The Workplace
What if your employees are struggling with personal problems that begin to take over their work life? “Studies show that almost half (47 percent) of employees admit that their personal problems sometimes have an effect on their workplace performance. Not only can this impact their their…
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