Lessons from the Tour de France

On 29th June 2013 the Tour de France set off on its 100th edition.  There is no doubt that this is one of the greatest sporting events of the year and undoubtedly one of the hardest. How the cycling teams prepare for the Tour gives us insights that we can utilise to achieve extraordinary performance in our teams.  The Tour de France …

New Tent, New Circus – Achieving More for Less

Firstly a little homework; you may want to read our initial article entitled ‘New Tent, Same Circus’before embarking upon the following flight of fancy! We often refer to organisations shifting to the next level from the assumption that they will maintain their current level of resources to achieve more.  As we move into a new era it seems that the …

How Do We Disengage People?

It’s great to visit an organisation and hear the leadership team express the desire to improve morale, to have everyone in the workforce engaged and to keep their people motivated during a time of uncertainty.  Why?  Simply because the answer to the question is so easy to find. How quickly we forget those times when we were starting our careers, …

Absenteeism, Presenteeism & Stress… Taking its toll on the UK workforce

Here we go again.  The headline screams: Absenteeism on the rise amongst British Workers. Shock, horror, a news item that reveals short term unplanned absence due to ill health is rising.  What do we expect? Uncertainty abounds.  Even if your organisation is secure, there is always an underlying threat of change.  The news reports problems in Greece, Italy and the …

Follow the Leader (The ‘Sir Alex’ Method)

The football season is well underway and it won’t be long before some teams are failing to match the dreams of their fans and owners. As is the tradition at these times when your  team is doing badly, they have had some poor results and your expectations of Premier League success are fading fast, it’s the manager’s head that is …