Team Perfomance

self-awareness unicorn

Are you a self-awareness unicorn?

Self-awareness is the ability to see ourselves clearly. Research shows that 95% of us think that we are self-aware but the reality is that 10-15% actually are self-aware. This minority are what Tasha Eurich calls “Self-Awareness Unicorns”.

If you haven’t heard of Tasha Eurich, we recommend that you look her up immediately. She has carried out extensive research into the fascinating subject of self-awareness and has written a book called Insight on the subject. At its core is Eurich’s own research and work in the Fortune 500 world combined with a huge study into people who have made dramatic improvements to their self-awareness.

Self-awareness is a surprisingly learnable skill. People who are self-aware are more fulfilled, have stronger relationships, are more creative and more confident. They also perform better at work and are more promotable as they make more effective leaders. So, there is a definite benefit for organisations to encourage their employees to be more self-aware.

high-performing teams at talent-optimized companies

Why Talent Optimization is a differentiator

Talent Optimization is the discipline of optimally aligning your business strategy to your people strategy to achieve the best possible business results. So, what really is the business value of being talent-optimized?

Are you prepared for a strategy change?

Your positive business results speak for themselves, and your employees seem engaged and motivated. That’s great, but what if the economic landscape and business pressures change? Are you ready to respond quickly and effectively? …

teeth on edge; pull your teeth back; dislike

How to pull your teeth back from the edge

“She sets my teeth on edge.”

“He makes my skin crawl.”

“People like that make me sick.”

Have you ever said that, or, being polite, thought that, about someone?

I know I have.

Why do we like or dislike people?

When we take an instant dislike to someone, we often describe our feelings in these physical terms. If challenged to explain our negative reaction, we tend to mumble something about what they have said or done, or that “they just rub me up the wrong way, that’s all”.

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!

Diversity and personality in the workplace

Diverse teams – the formula for high performance?

We live in a global and multifaceted society. A fact that is not only mirrored, but often actively encouraged in a business environment. Undoubtedly, your teams will be made up of people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Managers following this approach generally strive to end up with a team with individual thinking, innovative spirit, high productivity and more open-mindedness. This is based on the recognition that every person is unique. Our points of reference are shaped by external factors such as our demographics, experienced parenting styles and educational opportunities. These in turn influence the way we think and feel; they present the variables in our make-up. …