November 2017 Edition Your Knotty People Problems-Cherington HR

Last month Cherington HR exhibited at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber Expo at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. We had lots of visitors to the stand and so I would like to welcome all the new readers this month who signed up at the event. Visitors to the stand were invited to submit a knotty problem for me to solve. These were wide and varied: they included questions on managing the absence of an employee who had mental health ...

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Latest news from Cherington HR September 2017 Edition Back to School!

Back to School! We’re at the beginning of September and businesses are starting to return to normal after the school holidays. We now have just under four months before the end of the year to focus on sales and productivity before the next big holiday break. So how will you motivate your staff to keep their focus throughout that period? In one of the articles below, I look at the sort of staff benefits you might consider introducing to help ...

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The 7 important areas of Self Leadership

June 22, 2017 by Tony Brooks We all have an ongoing internal battle. It is the battle between what I call your potential self and your destructive self. I believe that how successful and fulfilled we are in work and life depends on how well we wage this battle. Would you agree that it is critical to be able to lead yourself first, before you can lead your company, organisation or people? If you can master your Self Leadership I ...

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Cherington HR-Latest News

Taking time out? I always get lots of queries at this time of year about annual leave. Employees are, quite understandably, asking to take time off to go on holiday or simply for childcare during the school holidays. But making sure you deal with requests properly is very important to avoid any accusations of unfairness or even discrimination, so making sure that you have a well-publicised policy in place is very important. Read more • The General Election – What ...

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Do you have a Leadership Philosophy?

Do you have a clear view of the way you are leading currently? As I describe in my concept “Positive Insight”, this includes how you lead yourself, lead others and lead in situations. Getting to know your current values, behaviours, habits and identity is a good starting point. It’s the foundation of your self-awareness and also how you manage yourself. Authentic Leadership Much is said now of the importance of being an Authentic Leader. I agree that showing your true ...

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Whistleblowing & Law-High Performance Consultancy

Whistleblowing has been in the news recently with controversy over the treatment of Barclays bank and NHS Whistleblowers (WBs). Heads of both the massive institutions have attempted & succeeded in finding out who WBs are and exact some type of revenge, normally involving sacking the individual or making their positions untenable.   WBs need to be protected and have various laws in place to do this due to the likelihood of punishments by management and of the potential ramifications their ...

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What Psychology Can Teach Business

May 11, 2017 by Tony Brooks Leave a Comment Lydia Greenway (ex England Cricketer) and I delivered our talk to Positive Networking in Peterborough last week. This was titled “What Psychology and Sport Can Teach Business”. We looked at 3 key areas for us all as leaders: 1.    Our individual performance 2.    How we lead our people 3.    Building a winning culture I am going to pick some highlights from my part of the speech, which I hope you find ...

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Be Careful Of The Words You Use

April 5, 2017 by Tony Brooks Leave a Comment How conscious are you of what you say? Both in terms of your inner dialogue and what you say to others? Some basic research from the 60s is often used to tell you that only 7% of your communication relates to the words used. Body language and tonality are very important, but words are way more powerful than 7% of the message! When someone asks you how you are, do you ...

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All Change! Leading Generation Y People

If you lead people, you’ll no doubt know the challenges of finding, developing, managing and retaining good people. This has all become more demanding in the 21st century as a) expectations from employees is a lot higher and b) they will move more quickly if their expectations are not met. Therefore it’s critical for you (if you lead people) to have a strategy that will recruit and grow “Generation Y” people (born circa 1979-2000), otherwise known as Millennials. Thoughts on ...

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Creating new comfort zones

How do you feel about breaking out of your comfort zones? I have just returned from my second trip out training in Dubai & Malaysia. I wrote a blog about “breaking through comfort zones” after my previous trip there in 2016 which you can read here. The thing is, it no longer pushed me out of my comfort zone as it had before, and the reason for this was that my previous trip had expanded my comfort zone for the ...

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