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How to Motivate Your Employees to Change

"People know the truth — that they're literally risking their lives. But we still can't get them to change their behaviours..."

Health & Safety doesn't always get the best press, even when it really is a matter of life and death. Like at this company, involved in heavy industry, where I was talking to the Head of HR. She was exasperated because crucial new safety measures were being ignored.

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How to Reduce Resistance to Change

"But it's not the same as the old place, is it? There just isn't the same atmosphere."

An engineering company that I know had just moved to impressive new offices, far more spacious and stylish than the old ones.

But people were complaining constantly and the employee who made the comment above certainly wasn't alone.

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Is 'Everyday Performance Management' the Future?

"You'd better make this investment worth our while. You're asking us to give up the equivalent of five years of our senior leaders' time to learn how to have better performance conversations. That's a big ask."

I'm not sure I've ever met anyone as sceptical as this director of an engineering firm I worked with a couple of years ago. And I certainly left that particular Board meeting with his words ringing loudly in my ears.

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Do You Secretly Question the Value of Performance Management?

"I've got to let you into a secret. I never liked the whole formal performance management thing – and it's not just because the managers hate me for nagging them about it!"

The Head of HR who made this confession isn't unique.

I've been there myself.

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The Surprising Reason Your People Are Not Resilient

A few years ago, a friend of mine suffered serious stress as her marriage went through a rough patch. She couldn't sleep and couldn't concentrate properly. She began making mistakes at work as well.

To help her get through this difficult period, she decided to give herself frequent opportunities to relax. She treated herself to spa treatments. She made a point of going out for coffee regularly with her friends. And she also joined a meditation class at her local gym and downloaded a meditation app to her phone, so that she could clear her mind daily.

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[Infographic] 10 Steps on the Road to Resilience

The pressures on senior leaders in today’s organisations can be draining.

You're tasked with managing a wealth of competing priorities at your peer level – plus dedicating time and energy to ensure your staff are handling their increasing workloads effectively.

Resilience has now become a core management attribute and this infographic will give you some tips to maintain a high level of resilience throughout the day.

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7 Ways to Develop Your Confidence for Better Conversations

Everyone feels less than 100% confident some of the time and that can have a big negative impact on our conversations.

People who project conversational confidence appear decisive, enthusiastic and in control. This leads other people to trust and respect them which helps to build more confidence, and so the cycle continues. But if you are one of those who struggle to start this cycle of confidence at work, this can lead to feelings of low self-worth.

In workplace conversations, there are a number of tips you can use to engage your audience with more authority. Here are our top tips for having confident conversations.

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How Leaders Can Maintain Their Resilience During Major Change

Are you leading major change right now? I’ll bet you are.

The mantra ‘if you aren’t going forwards, you’re going backwards’ is familiar to leaders around the globe, and it’s a rare individual that isn’t responding.

And yet, even as you start out with the change, you know the odds are already stacked against you. Research suggests up to 70% of all change programmes fail.

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