Millennials aren't entitled - they're just different

Less than a generation ago – pre-millennial but well post the baby boomers – schools, colleges and universities taught their students to do their own research, show their workings and be willing and able to explain how they came to their…

Covid has caused chaos for businesses: Susy Roberts has some practical advice

We watched what was happening in Wuhan with the luxury of distance. But now Covid is something that affects us all, and we don’t know what will happen next. It’s difficult to make decisions in such uncertain times, but there are some things…

The importance of authentic leadership

As people begin the slow return to normality – in whichever form it may take – over the coming months, the usual greetings, handshakes and hugs won’t be possible. With the familiar arsenal of gestures out of bounds, leaders need to replace…

Climbing the career ladder

It’s a difficult time to explore climbing career ladder, but there are still opportunities available for people who feel ready to move up. Laying the ground work, doing your research and developing a plan can help to keep your career on an…

What trends are we seeing around the use of a deconstructed workforce? Is this becoming more common for certain sectors?

Organisations are increasingly bringing contractors in when there’s a need for a quick solution. They’ll also use someone leaving as an opportunity to adjust structural design rather than just replace the role. They’re questioning whether…

Decisions, decisions

Decision making is the hallmark of a leadership. Years of experience, expertise and accrued knowledge are channeled into answering questions that can have a massive impact on people and profits, so it’s important to know which approach to…

Keeping it in the family? Here’s how to run a family business without ruining relationships

Around two third of businesses in the UK are family owned, and while looking after your own is an admirable quality, working with people you also spend much of your life with doesn’t come without its problems. Having some boundaries and clear…

Why company culture matters in even the smallest of enterprises

In small businesses, particularly those in their infancy, people often take on multiple roles with little room for manoeuvre. With one eye always on the bottom line, it’s understandable that owners are loathe to introduce policies and procedures…

Are you communicating effectively?

A client came to me recently with an issue about a senior member of the team who was an expert in their role, but not performing effectively within the team. It was an issue that had escalated to the extent where the employee had become upset…

Exercise your brain to unlock career potential

Every organisation I work with has a strong focus on wellbeing. From proactive encouragement of employees to take regular exercise to supportive attitudes to mental health, I see many positive initiatives. However, one area which doesn’t…

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