Sabine Robinson

Of squinting cats and great leadership

It’s that tired old question: Can a chubby moggy with a befuddling squint and an inflated ego actually become a great leader?

Working from home during lockdown has provided the perfect opportunity to really observe the behaviours of my three crazy cats – two sisters and their brother. They look and behave so differently. Pablo, the largest of the three, is the one with the squint.

On the surface, their day looks very much like a business operation where targets are set, and tasks need to be accomplished. Team cooperation has to be negotiated carefully.

Bee - finding solutions through team performance

Should businesses be more honeybee in the face of adversity?

I was listening to a news programme on the radio. One of the stories piqued my interest. Why indeed would honeybees resort to using animal dung to protect their hives? I was reminded of all the businesses that had to pivot their strategies in recent times. How could they ensure that their teams continued to perform at their best throughout periods of profound change? Please bear with me on this one!

How to mitigate the detrimental effects of imposter syndrome in the workplace

According to a review article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, 70 percent of people experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives.

As a Manager, you are tasked with safeguarding both your employees’ wellbeing and your company’s productivity. It is therefore important to be aware that the effects of imposter syndrome can be crippling for both your employees and your business.

Are you playing the recruitment lottery?

Wouldn’t you like to know exactly who you are employing?

Using reliable people data can help you take the guesswork out of your recruitment process and enable you to:

  • Recruit faster, more efficiently and with greater predictability
  • Attract top talent
  • Safeguard the company against hiring mistakes
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Hire with confidence and integrity

If you are working as a Recruiter or in HR, your company will most likely rely on you to attract top talent, and to then onboard the new hires swiftly and smoothly.

Do you sometimes wish you had a crystal ball?

Building talent assessments into the candidate pre-screening, interviewing and reviewing phase of your recruitment process comes close.

Could your communication style create disengaged employees?

Most industries and organisations have experienced periods of far reaching and sometimes devastating change.

In these situations, companies are under pressure to respond to any new challenges quickly, and to successfully adapt the ways in which technologies and processes are used throughout their organisation.

It is not difficult to see that a clear and consistent communication strategy is paramount if organisations, and their leadership, want to roll out any changes efficiently and effectively across their entire workforce – and take their employees with them. …

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Employee Experience – why you should embrace it

Have you ever considered the employee experience at your company? Most companies are well versed in the world of customer experience, because everyone knows that happy customers come back for more.

It’s easy to see why organisations around the world apply similar principles to all functions in their company. The tide has started to turn. Companies no longer put their customers first and their employees last.

It is now broadly accepted that if you look after your employees, they will look after your customers for you. A positive employee experience is likely to make your people feel more valued, motivated, and engaged, and they are therefore less likely to leave – another plus point for the overall productivity of your company! …

What does Manager as Coach actually mean?

Maybe your organisation already encourages you as a manager to incorporate coaching your team members into your daily routine? Do you find it difficult to buy into this?

One of the most frequent objections from managers comes from being unsure what coaching really means and what is expected.

Although the story has been told many times before, the origin of the word coach is a good starting point to try and clarify things a little.

Coach in the sense of a closed horse-drawn carriage began to be widely used across Europe in the 16th century.

It originated in a small Hungarian village called Kocs where an unknown carriage maker had designed and built the most comfortable carriage known at that time. This was called koczi szeter (approx. wagon of Kocs) which was shortened to koczi.

As the invention of this new vehicle spread throughout Europe, the name was adapted to Kutsche in German, coche in French, and coach in English.

“That is all very interesting”, I hear you say, “but how does this relate to the term coach used in the business sense today?” …

Manager as Coach Launch

Why do we need ‘Manager as Coach?

An opinion poll conducted by Gallup has found that 87% of employees worldwide are unmotivated, disengaged and under-performing.

In contrast, a highly engaged workforce is said to outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share. The economic repercussions of having employees who do not feel committed to supporting a company’s goals are staggering.

Employee engagement – or rather the lack of – remains a key issue for employers. Nurturing your employees is a professional obligation, and not just for financial reasons. …

Why being able to coach employees makes you a better manager

The findings of the CIPD Learning and Development Survey from 2015 show that three quarters of organisations currently offer a degree of coaching or mentoring to their employees. 13% were planning to introduce this in 2016, with most expecting that their use of coaching will increase by 2017.

But why?

Changing any aspect of your life, be it professionally or privately, does not only require a huge amount of energy and resolution but often a good advisor too – someone who is able to help you to judge things objectively, who has experience with comparable situations and problems, and is nevertheless able to suggest individual solutions.

In our private lives, we would naturally turn to a trusted friend or a close member of our family to help us work through these issues and arrive at a solution.

It is therefore not surprising to learn that more and more people who find themselves professionally stuck in a rut or at a crossroads turn to a coach. As a manager, you should expect to be – or become – the first port of contact for any developmental issues or when guidance is needed. …