Why does gratitude make us happy?

There’s a lot of research out there that shows that ‘practicing gratitude’ has a profound effect on our mood as well as our health, both mentally and physically. It seems there is a direct correlation between low mood and the physical act of expressing gratitude, whether this is in the form of performing random acts…

Why Caring for your Female Workers is Good Business

The Shriver Report and in particular an essay by Maria Shriver named Powerful and Powerless, addresses this issue in detail in the context of the US workforce, and identifies issues that are relevant all over the world. In the US, 70% of low wage employees do not receive any sick leave, as is common in a casualised workforce,…

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 happened to the Bell Curve?

The world isn’t flat, and you won’t catch a cold if you leave the house with wet hair (and I leave the house numerous occasions with wet hair!), and business performance does not follow the Bell Curve. This commonly used statistical tool and recognised performance management strategy has been proven to be a myth, and…

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…

The War For Talent Escalates

There is a growing recognition within the recruitment industry that the head-hunting business is booming, but the number and calibre of candidates required is proving hard to source. The ‘talent shortage’ is being felt in many sectors, as employers seek to fill vacancies in businesses that in previous years have found it necessary to downsize.…

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…