Why making friends at work makes good business sense

Take Away Line Innovation is as much a social process as something a genius does on their own.  Simply put, innovation comes better when ideas hit against one another in an informal way.  The key thing is breaking down barriers between groups within an organisation so the light can get in.  While you can’t command…

When falling out of love with work is not always bad

Take Away Line Creating relationships between employees and employers that are meaningful and sustainable as well as productive requires an understanding of both how to engender and maintain engagement in the first place, but also an understanding of the darker side of high levels of staff engagement – and how to deal with its consequences.…

A Transylvanian tale – going to the care frontline

Take Away Line A working holiday in a hospice in Romania? Sounds tough or ‘noble’ or both. Perhaps it is, but if the hosting agency gets the organisational arrangements right it can feel neither…and mine gold for all concerned. Reflections and eight good practice tips suggested here towards the end of the European Year of…

Leadership development programmes and return on investment

Take Away Line Turbulent times call for even greater sophistication in leadership.  Linked to culture change, effective leadership development programmes should have direct benefits for all-staff engagement levels, which in turn predict future organisational success.  Measure and re-measure engagement levels and you predict the ROI from your leadership intervention.  But choosing the right programme is…