Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

The first step in understanding employee engagement is understanding what it actually is. Employee engagement does not mean employee happiness, and it is important to make that distinction. Employee engagement means much more than that, and an engaged employed employee can have such a positive effect on the bottom-line of a company.  On the other hand, employees who are not engaged have a detrimental effect on a company. There seems to be very little middle ground here and it is vital companies act now on employee engagement. The evidence is clear that the vast majority of employees do not feel engaged at work. This info-graphic from Engaged2perform highlights how important employee Read More >>

How to deal with 5 types of Toxic Employees

Toxic Employees

By Reuben Yonatan One bad apple is all it takes. A toxic employee is an enormous liability for your company. Expensive, demoralizing, and infuriating, they can bring teamwork to a grinding halt, jeopardize goals, and generally make life worse for everybody else around them. How can you diagnose these troublemakers, and what can be done about them? Our newest infographic examines the types of toxic employees which could be derailing your Read More >>

9 Critical Leadership Truths

Leadership Truths

As I was visiting my children’s school*, I was struck by 9 critical leadership truths that were being promoted. What impacted me was the fact that as a leadership coach and consultant, I am often talking about these very same qualities and skills with my ‘adult’ clients. This image (taken by my daughter, Tasha) shows the school's ideal student with a combination of qualities and skills – wouldn't it be great if managers and leaders valued the same qualities and worked on their skills? Leaders, and children develop from the inside-out (Bryant & Kazan 2012) and so it is great that being self-aware is promoted. The school sees self-awareness as developing self-discipline, self-esteem, Read More >>

Motivation Myths


If you have ever attended a motivational seminar or workshop, you might have experienced that rush of energy that comes with believing that you can achieve your goals, if you only just believe! And then, just a few days later, that buzz has evaporated, like so much air from a punctured beach ball. It’s a new year and we are all motivated to make a change, do things differently in 2015. Maybe you are trying to motivate yourself to get fit, get a promotion or start your own business. Or perhaps you want to motivate your team to strive towards ambitious goals. If you don’t want to end up like the punctured beach ball, then you will need to understand how to create sustainable motivation Read More >>

Trends for 2015

Trends for 2015

Trends for 2015 include: Digital and smart cities, social business, globalization, millennial leaders, more women in leadership, zero time to market, increased transparency and the hyper-connected consumer. Forget looking for existing job competencies.For companies to survive and prosper, they will require a flexible and engaged employees, who can take ownership and respond to change. Attitude and Aptitude will be more important than traditional job competencies, because we need people for roles that don't exist yet! Here's some {advice} on how to develop self leadership for yourself and your teams. Trends for 2015 - Self Leadership Self leadership requires that we develop Read More >>

Why Self Leadership

Self Leadership

"You can't lead others unless you can first lead your 'self'" Self leadership, simply put, is the ability to influence your ‘self’ to achieve your objectives (Bryant & Kazan 2012). Self-leaders exercise personal responsibility (autonomy) and are accountable to the objectives they agree to. Self leadership is, therefore, the most important competency for leaders, employees and entrepreneurs to be successful. Self leadership is driven by clear intention which leads to influence and impact. Self-leaders utilize strategies or rituals, to align their intentions and actions to achieve success. Some of these strategies include: Reflecting on intention to achieve focus Clarifying Read More >>

Are attractive people more successful

Are attractive people more successful

Are attractive people more successful? This is a question asked by Brighton School of Business & Management. Research shows that attractiveness does have a monetary value when it comes to career. Attractive people get more job interviews, get more call backs and are offered higher salaries. But for sustained success, self-esteem has the highest value. How You See Your 'Self' is What Matters Who we are an what we do are inter-related in our perception of self. In Self Leadership, a book I wrote with Dr. Ana Kazan, we explore self-esteem, self-confidence and self-efficacy as different facets of self. Simply put, self-esteem is a measure of how much you value yourself as a human Read More >>

What to look for when booking a motivational speaker

Motivational Speakers

When you plan to book a motivational speaker for an event, it is required to put a forethought, make some advance planning and due diligence. You must be completely aware of the speaker's skills, talent and requirements in order to leave impactful results over the prospective audience. In the fast running world, inspirational speeches, seminars and events tend to make the life of professionals smoother. For any event, which has been organized to boost up the morale, skills or capabilities of the employees or students, motivational speakers are a must have. With years of experience in their respective fields, they are perfect in engaging the audience with their speaking capabilities. Thus, Read More >>

Christmas Story – A Perspective

Christmas story

The decorations are up, Christmas carols are playing in in the supermarkets and it's still November! Christmas is a magical time for children and a money making bonanza for retailers, but have you ever stopped to wonder about the success of the Christmas Story? As a leadership consultant I often help leaders to craft stories for vision, influence and impact. For a story to be influential, it usually builds on existing stories with which the listener is already familiar. The Christmas Story Deconstructed Early Christians appear to have adopted the midwinter festival as a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus to reduce resistance to their new doctrine. Most scholars think it unlikely Read More >>