Artists's Brushes

Why Business Needs the Arts

When we think of children we think of; playful, exploring, inquisitive, taking risks, wild imagination. And in business we need these traits if we are to flourish in a crowded marketplace. We can’t repeat exactly what others have done before and hope it will work. When we’re young up to 95% of us will identify with being creative. However, by …

Little White Lies

Speaking the truth! We’re all honest, aren’t we? Whenever I ask my clients what they value most, honesty almost always comes up. Not only do we value honesty in ourselves, it is often cited as an absolute requirement for new partners, new employees and friends. It seems honesty is an absolute must for social cohesion. And yet I know honesty is not …

Fuel for Success

I’m struck by the amount of people I know who don’t sleep well. It bothers me because I was an insomniac for years, and I know how debilitating life can be without a consistent good nights sleep. I am aware that for many entrepreneurs, business owners and managers the stress and demands of their work life can create so much …

effective delegation

What Has Effective Delegation Got To Do With Monkeys?

I really wish someone had explained the principles of effective delegation and not taking on other people’s problems before I started my first supervisor’s job. I was only 19 and I had just been employed as a Host in a large restaurant. Being Host meant that I greeted the guests and sat them down, but it also meant that I …

motivation in the workplace

Motivation in the Workplace: The Role of Money

I have often heard the disgruntled comment, “I pay them, don’t I?” but is money really what motivates people to work harder?  Motivation in the workplace is a big topic for people who are responsible for managing teams and as a business coach, it often comes up in my conversations with clients. Ironically I have learnt the most about motivating …