Finding another way home

I love this brief piece on AVC.com by Fred Wilson and it got me thinking.

I’m fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling, both professional and for personal enjoyment and this takes me all over the world on a regular basis.

Whether or not I’m visiting for work or pleasure – there is always a sense of urgency to get back home. How many times had I travelled somewhere only to immedidately start counting down the clock to head back home.

Probably half a dozen or so flights in this year already and the urgency to make sure that no matter what – if the train or flight is delayed, I’ll always find another way home no matter the cost.

Travelling is great and I get a lot done during these trips especially writing and catching up on email but without a doubt theres no place like home.

Swapping flights and changing different train routes to get home quicker is far better for me than spending an extra 2-4 hours in a station/airport lounge ‘doing work’.

Employee engagement

“I love working with the team here, even management but the leadership team is really bad”

A message I got recently from a friend and got me thinking about how Maslows hierarchy of needs also applies to employee engagement and cmo.com had a great example of just this.

In poor performing companies, those who lack vision & ambition we see employees stuck in the ‘survival’ stages and who are desperately keen to get out, move on and find a new role at almost any cost. 

Next the ‘security’ stage where employees are spending the entire working hours searching for jobs on linkedin and sneaking outside for calls with recruiters. We all know people who are doing this right now. Its not healthy for the employee nor the employer. And the truth is most at this stage could be saved/resolved!

Feeling as if you ‘belong’ doesn’t happen because a sign on the wall says that every one is family, it doesn’t occur because you have social events together. If you are not growing personally and professionally in a role the feels right for you. You will leave at the first sign of interest elsewhere. This is where a large number of small business employees tend to find themselves I believe. 

But if you are ‘engaged’ and feel important at work, happy in your role. Then success, incredible – you love coming to work and the people you work with. What else could you want! This is the place we all want to be, we want the work/life balance, the great co-workers and to come in to the office feeling inspired, challenged, most importantly feeling like we are looked after and appreciated in the work place.

Can we be so fortunate in our life time as to get to the point in our jobs where we feel highly engaged – the mythical beings do exist in fact. I’ve been lucky over the years to hire and work with some incredible people, have seen those at all stages of employee engagement.

But without a doubt those who are highly engaged, motivated, dedicated and working towards the companies goals with passion and who feel appreciated by the company can be truly happy in work and that reflects back on home life too.

So whether you are LinkedIn job hunting today or whether you are motivated and excited for another day at the office – you know what needs to be done either way.

Go out there and get it done. Whatever it takes.

Culture doesn’t save a company

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Inspired by some truly great conversations around HR and general people management over the last few days, I came across this piece of research by #Linkedin from 2015.

Who or what really lies at fault for businesses that are unable to provide employees with a satisfying role that can provide opportunities for advancement whilst being in a productive environment that fosters great #culture throughout the organisation is unknown and varies so much.

But to have a place where compensation and benefits are attractive, people recognised and rewarded with work that is challenging, stimulating and encourages growth throughout, all whilst having strong #leadership and #management to aid in the mission of the company is something so many clearly desire.

I won’t blame poor leadership or jump on the millennial blame game. But over the last few weeks these conversations with friends, colleagues, HR and #legal professionals have really been inspiring as to how many are doing things so poorly, but most importantly – those who are doing things the right way!

Hats off to the organisations who genuinely have happy, productive and empowered members of staff.

Don’t hide behind the word ‘culture’, Friday pizzas & Fifa games. Go be awesome!

#peoplemanagement #compensation#sales

“We need more and more people to create their own jobs…and to be entrepreneurial”

John Forkin in 2016 talking about entrepreneurship, Derby as the city that famously homes Rolls-Royce & BOMBARDIER but also as a city that thanks largely to the University of Derby have driven enormous growth for SMEs and entrepreneurial endeavours.

With MIPIM (http://mipim.com) just around the corner, its that time of year when Marketing Derby and other local businesses get to shine and promote what a great city Derby is and how much we have grown over the years.

It’s not just big business, not just the millions invested in new retail and entertainment in the city, but also the growth of SMEs that continues to surface, promote and enhance the city.

When we filmed this interview with John it was originally talking all about Global Entrepreneurship Week – something many of us are very passionate about. But the little gems and quotes John speaks in this interview shows the passion he, his team and the entire city really has for the place we work from and the place we call home.

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When you struggle

I remember saying this line “When you struggle with it, and you do struggle” on the topic of entrepreneurship – it was running up to a turning point in life for me personally with mental health problems.

It was then and is now ‘time to talk’ and so many don’t – I’ve been blessed to work with some fantastic people in my life, professionally and personally both in business and in the mental health space.

Today it’s #timetotalk – conversations really do have the power to change lives and talking about mental health should not be frowned upon.

Excuse the rude word in the video from me – but as Julian commented in response “it’s not just about business, it’s about life generally” and entrepreneurship is one of the common causes of mental health problems.

So if nothing else, get a coach, mentor, friend, family, someone you can talk to – it doesn’t have to be about business, but don’t neglect your mental health – ever. Follow Time to Change for more information.

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