What would you do differently?

When I reflect on my childhood and what I wanted to be when I grew up – it was a “Teacher”. I had this passion for helping others grow and learn. When I actually told my teachers at school; that I wanted to be like them; they said Don’t do it! When you are little,…

What really motivates your team? It’s not what you think it is

If we are motivated by rewards and incentives, why aren’t we more successful? That’s a great question and it’s one which Dan Pink addressed in a TEDTalk a few years ago.  The problem is that it’s still the same question that business leaders are asking right now.  Nothing has changed. Science has proven that incentives don’t work. …

What Makes These Women So Inspiring?

You don’t have to look very far to come across inspirational female leaders – they can be identified in almost every industry. These ground-breaking women are leading the way and creating change, although it wasn’t always this way. Let’s look at some inspiring women who dared to challenge with great passion and enthusiasm. Eleanor Roosevelt…

Turn Your Managers Into Performance Coaches

As workplaces become even more demanding in their requirements seeking innovators and over-achievers, companies are calling for a new type of manager to lead. They are looking for managers who have the ability to work as performance coaches as they lead their teams. Managers who can’t fulfil this role will gradually become redundant because they…

Goal Setting

The Science of Presence

The ‘X factor’, charisma, presence. Whatever you call it, you know it when you see it and feel it. When you are in business, the ability to really connect and be present is a priceless skill. It satisfies a basic human need to be ‘seen’ and feel validated. It can’t be forced, in fact the…

The science of morality and why trust is all in your head

Paul J. Zak, author of The Moral Molecule and neuroeconomist at Claremont Graduate University, discovered that we all possess a trust molecule – a molecule that is affects our morals and judgements. It is called Oxytocin and it is a hormone which helps us bond with people, and a neurotransmitter which carries signals within the…