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

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 Management & Leadership Development Imperative

The Management & Leadership Development Imperative Why Management & Leadership Development is a priority and its benefits. by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions One of the top issues for CEOs is business growth; however the ability of the business to achieve this growth is being stymied by the lack of suitably skilled staff –… Read More

The Challenges of Middle Management

The Challenges of Middle Management by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Why middle-management is essential for business survival and the risks you run of if you lose or alienate them. Middle management.  Often described as the ‘backbone’ of the company, they provide the continuity across the business and the key people for getting things… Read More

The Motivation Trap

The Motivation Trap by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions Why motivation alone is not enough, you need more… Imagine what would happen if your favorite football team took the field and the ONLY training they received in the last 8 months had been sitting in a room. Within the room, they’d be listening to legends… Read More

Three Ways to Improve How You Work

3 Ways to Improve How You Work by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions We are often so busy doing the work that we forget to take a step back and give ourselves the time to focus and re-energize ourselves.  Here are 3 tips for improving your personal effectiveness, no matter what you do. 1.… Read More