Coming up to the next fork in your career road

Coming up to the next fork in your career road
There you were – engaged, challenged and fulfilled in your work that made the most of your innate talents and spoke to your passions and beliefs. You might have spent years developing a fully committed relationship with one of your closest friends – your job! Continue reading

What is true resilience? Unpacking resilience and debunking wrong notions

By 2016 TEC Speaker of the Year, Ashton Bishop, CEO at Step Change

It’s 5:30 p.m., and you’re just about to leave the office — but are you actually leaving?

Let’s unpack this.

Work is technically over, but has your mind stopped thinking about it? Are you still coming up with solutions to your work problems as you’re commuting home?

This kind of ‘grit’ is what a lot of people equate to ‘resilience’. But is this what resilience is? Is this what we should all strive for? Continue reading

Marketing vs Sales: What’s the drama?

Marketing vs Sales: What's the drama?

Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street got me thinking about Sales vs. Marketing. During one of its scenes, the main character – played by Leonardo DiCaprio – tests his colleagues’ understanding of customers by handing each of them a pen and asking them to sell it to him. Continue reading

Looking into the Future: Blockchain Technology

By TEC Speaker, Adam Long, Step Change

Blockchain is perhaps the most radical innovation of the last few years – and perhaps one you haven’t yet heard of. With banks believing blockchain technology is the future of fintech, and diamond miners believing it will end trade conflicts, blockchain is shaking up almost every industry it touches. Continue reading

Culture Vs Strategy? Why not Culture+ Strategy?

By Ian Neal, TEC Chair Every business leader wants to lead a winning organisation, so how come so many fail? A great line is “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. The point being that a poor culture will kill stone dead the very best strategy. A Bain and Company survey has shown that 68% of leaders believe their culture is a source of competitive advantage, 81% believe that an organization that lacks a high performance culture is doomed to mediocrity – yet fewer than 10% actually succeed in building a winning culture. […] more

How to establish business and individual KPIs to monitor performance

By Andrew Dick, TEC Chair Creating meaningful and achievable KPIs is particularly challenging for smaller organisations. In these cases, owners are busy working in the business, and don’t have to time to manage unnecessarily complex KPIs..[…] more

Is the pursuit of success getting in the way of your happiness?

By Richard Appleby, TEC Chair It’s easy for leaders to get caught up in their professional pursuits and ignore other parts of their lives that some would say are more important. In these cases, it’s easy for them to not only lose track of what it takes to be successful, but also how these achievements create happiness in their daily lives. […] more

Your organisation has a purpose – Do you?

By Trent Bartlett, TEC Chair – Leaders are spending more and more time defining the purpose of their organisation. It’s a concept that’s gained significant attention in recent years, especially as the world begins to place increased demands on businesses and institutions to justify their place in our society. […] more

Are you addressing your blind spots?

By Andrew Dick, TEC Chair For every leader, there will be those things they know, that they can do well, and those things that they simply can’t see. It is in this second category that blind spots dwell, and it’s here where serious challenges to a business’s continuity will arise.[…] more

Why it’s time to build an effective talent management strategy

By Trudy MacDonald,  MD of Talent Code and TEC Speaker

Good companies and effective leaders have realised they need to do things differently. The current economy means that businesses have to work smarter and find new ways to achieve more, without increasing overheads. Continue reading

Purpose or Profit?

By Ian Neal, TEC Chair The question of purpose is not one that arises frequently enough and when people do begin these conversations, the answer they come up with is often the wrong one. Many will say the purpose of an enterprise is to maximise the value of the business to shareholders, a direction that involves maximising profits and the organisation’s position in the market.. […] more

How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

By: TEC CEO mentor and executive coach Jerry Kleeman

For business leaders, the end of the calendar year is always a time that comes with a mix of relief at reaching the holiday season and excitement for the next 12 months. While this is when many traditional company functions slow down, it’s also when you need to be setting goals that can help to drive your organisation forward. Continue reading