Self-awareness, the #1 secret of highly successful individuals

The 5 primary drivers of career progress We are exposed to hundreds if not thousands of sensory inputs on a daily basis. And every input is processed through a complex set of personal filters to deliver an output or response. While the cycle of inputs, processing and outputs is natural, inevitable and far beyond our control, the actual outputs we …

Why Invest In Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

‘People leave managers, not companies’ is a phrase is often shared in relation to employee retention. A 2015 Gallup study showed that about 50% of employees who left a job did so because of their managers. In addition, Gallup research also indicates that the global rates of employee engagement are at an all-time low and the findings once again point …

How self-awareness can increase your self-confidence

Self-confidence not only means different things to different people but how you develop your confidence is unique to you. Confidence is one of those skills that are non-negotiable as you climb the corporate ladder and assume more senior roles in your organisation. If, however, you pursue a one-size-fits all approach to building self-confidence, frustration and maybe even failure may soon …

Silent Knight, It’s Time To Get Your Shine On!

This blog post is for the Silent Knights out there: the ones who have so much to share but choose to keep it all to themselves. I accepted an invitation to join a leadership circle a while back and now on a regular basis, I find myself engaging in thought provoking conversations with a select group of respected leaders from …

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: The Story Of A Professional Crime Fighter

December will soon be upon us, and the Silly Season as we know it will envelope the entire country. Rational people become irrational, the sad get sadder, the happy get happier and the overworked draw the line. When you’re stressed, tired, burnt out and desperately in need of a big change in your life; drawing the line could easily come …

Is Sleep Really A Small Price To Pay For Your Success?

You’re a high performer delivering on the roles and responsibilities of an incredibly challenging job, I get that. I also realise that you’re competing against many other high performing employees in the workplace, so you’ve got to put in that extra effort to shine. I understand that you’ve got a demanding personal life and that you may feel like you’re …

How To Improve Your Verbal Communication In 3 Simple Steps

The 2015 Gallup State of the American Manager Report provides an in-depth look at what characterizes great managers and what guides employee engagement. Based on over four decades of extensive talent  research, a study of 2.5 million manager-led teams in 195 countries and analysis from measuring the engagement of 27 million employees, the report provides invaluable insights on how to …

You Can’t Get To The Top If You’re Weighed Down By The Bottom

You’re surrounded by people anyway, they may as well be the ones that help you fly. It is widely known that you can increase your chances of success by surrounding yourself with people that are better than you. This could be in any area of your life; they could be brighter, more ambitious, more courageous, wealthier, in fact better in any …

Employee Engagement Survey

Employee Engagement Survey Report: Employee Engagement is a huge challenge for most businesses. I’ve shared my thoughts on the subject in my recent blog post, Making Rands and Sense of Employee Engagement and gained insights into your thinking via an employee engagement survey. The employee engagement survey was completed by Senior Executives, Human Resources Leaders, Senior Managers, Business Owners and Team …

Making Rands and Sense of Employee Engagement

While there are various definitions of employee engagement, this concept is commonly understood to reflect the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put discretionary effort into their work. And by discretionary effort, we mean the extent to which employees will invest their personal time and resources into getting the job done. Employee …