Talent pools, fast track graduate schemes and high-performance development programmes, businesses will try anything to convince talented employees that their aspirations are part of "the big picture". But what motivates people and understanding career aspiration has never been more complex.
Published: 10 October 2018
The average UK employee is said to spend 1/3 of their working life dissatisfied; due in part to heavy workloads and unproductive team members failing to pull their weight. However, despite this lack of vocational fulfillment, 77% of unsatisfied employees are reluctant to leave a job they dislike because they feel they lack the required skills to pursue a different career.
Published: 22 September 2018
With one U.S. Jobs Study revealing that “tectonic changes are reshaping U.S. workplaces as the economy moves deeper into the knowledge-focused age” amid the stark reality that lifelong skills development and training have evolved into mandatory, mission-critical facets of one’s sustained career success.
Published: 28 August 2018
While the business may be perfect for today, it could be utterly unprepared for the future. Not surprising as most investment into organisational development focuses on protecting and growing today’s value creation priorities. If organisations continue with this strategy, their plans have tomorrow’s failure written in.
Published: 13 June 2018
I was talking with an MD, a month into the job, contemplating his inaugural ‘talk to the troops’: “I’m going to set out a new strategy - it’ll be visionary!” I burst his bubble: “What they want to know is, ‘who is this guy? What does he stand for… do I trust him'? Answer those questions first, "the vision" can wait.
Published: 25 April 2018
British employers are looking to future, and increasingly creating new job titles, roles and departments to equip their organisations for the changing demands of customers and the increasing role of technology in society, showed latest research from jobs search engine Adzuna.
Published: 13 April 2018
Millennials are predicted to have exhausted four different jobs by the time they are 31. This characteristic is crucial for business owners, especially when they consider the fact that millennials are expected to comprise up to 75 percent of the workforce in just seven short years from now.
Published: 10 April 2018
Organisations often promote people into management positions based on their outstanding performance in their area of expertise. However, as Caroline Taylor from The Oxford Group explains, your ‘best’ employee may not be the right person to manage your people. The key to this issue is defining what we mean by ‘best’. People frequently take it to mean the best on a technical level.
Published: 9 April 2018
Don’t wait to be asked, don’t count on others, play the long game, actively ‘own’ your career and develop a unique leadership style: these are the principal recommendations to aspiring women leaders that come out of a study of female CEOs by academics from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Published: 8 February 2018
It is generally accepted that good leaders need a high degree of Emotional Intelligence (EI). We can be as talented and hard-working as we like, but we are unlikely to be successful leaders if our decisions and behaviours are not guided by a high degree of emotional intelligence.
Published: 6 February 2018