Managing the Monkey!

How to free time, reduce your to-do list, and move back to managing from being managed!!! Many managers often find themselves with long to-do lists which get longer, with more seeming to have been added then taken off at the end of each day.  The fault for this most often lies with the manager himself… Read More

Creating Peer Pressure

Creating Peer Pressure How to design and create peer pressure to align people and efforts. by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Peer pressure is a useful way to get people to work together.  A working definition of peer pressure for the purpose of this is: “Peer pressure is the influence exerted by a peer… Read More

Attitude vs. Aptitude

Attitude vs. Aptitude How attitude is the driver of success and how to help people succeed. by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions In a previous article, “The Exactitude of Attitude”, we examined the importance of having people not only with the right skills, but the right attitude – and that 46% of new hires… Read More

Managing the “Peter Principle” – Developing Key Leadership & Management Skills

Managing the “Peter Principle” – Developing Key Leadership & Management Skills by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions What are the risks of poor leaders, what are the key skills and capabilities a good leader needs to have, and how can you do this? Introduction Effective leadership requires a blend of skills – commercial, relational,… Read More

The Exactitude of Attitude

The Exactitude of Attitude How attitude is a good predictor of prospective employee success, and how you can identify those with the right attitude for your business. by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions The top challenge for CEOs according to a survey from the Conference Board (January 2013) is Human Capital – the ability… Read More

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 5

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 5 by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff, Image (c) People Insight In the first blog in this series we looked at why employee engagement is so important and provided an overview of Gallup’s findings from its extensive… Read More

Business Lessons from Fishing

Business Lessons from Fishing by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions What do good anglers know which we can use in driving stronger business growth and results? Fishing is one of the most popular leisure time pursuits in the world.  There is something about going out there, rod in hand, to capture that ever elusive… Read More

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 3

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 3 by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions In the first blog in this series we looked at why employee engagement is so important and provided an overview of Gallup’s findings from its extensive research.  This was summarised in the 12 ways to engage employees.… Read More

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 2

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 2 by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions In our previous blog, we looked at why employee engagement is so important and provided an overview of Gallup’s findings from its extensive research.  This was summarised in the following 12 ways to engage employees.  In this… Read More

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 1

The 12 Ways to Engage & Retain Staff – Part 1 by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Employee engagement is becoming increasingly important as businesses compete for a dwindling skilled labour force as experienced baby-boomers retire and a smaller, relatively inexperienced workforce enters the market and progresses through the ranks.  The need to attract,… Read More