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

Stop-Start-Continue for Individual and Team Growth

Stop-Start-Continue – 3 Steps for Individual & Team Growth by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions 3 Steps to Develop You and Your Team – Raise Performance, Achieve Outcomes. How often do you take the time to stop, look at what you are doing and carry out a “self-audit”?  To reach our potential, or to… Read More

The Trials of Leadership Styles

The Trials of Leadership Styles by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Adapting your leadership style for effective results – balancing task- and people-oriented leadership. When organizing a company meeting what do you, or the individual you have delegated to, do first?  Do you develop the timeline and associated task, or do you consider who… 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

Leadership – the Ticking Talent Time Bomb

Leadership – the Ticking Talent Time Bomb   by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Forecasts on where the future leaders will come from, and where they will not! Are you worried about the lack of management and leadership talent in your business?  You should be.  There is an underlying shift in demographics that is… 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

Take Responsibility to Gain Momentum

Take Responsibility to Gain Momentum Freeing yourself and others to gain traction and action. by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions How often have you waited for work or input from someone else in order to get your work done, or to actually start the process.  It’s not your fault you are delayed, but what… Read More

Dealing With Your Top Challenges

Dealing With Your Top Challenges The power of changing your challenges into questions by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Tell me:  “What challenges do you face currently?” This is not a rhetorical question, think about it and spend 5-10 minutes writing them down.  Do this with your colleagues.  As a group define what your… Read More

The Power of Self-Doubt

The Power of Self-Doubt How true leaders lead with self-doubt. by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions In a podcast of a lecture by Tim Macartney, which he gave at the London School of Economics, that I recently listened to – and which I would highly recommend – he shared a valuable insight which hit… Read More