The shadow!

I’m a huge fan of learning from ‘people’ and more importantly ‘listening’.  I’ve always felt that you can understand a situation or a person much better if you listen and listen well – some of the best CEOs that I’ve met are those who don’t speak first – they...

Thought leader pieces

At The Survey Initiative our Directors often write thought leadership pieces for the national media. Here’s a piece Gary Cattermole, recently put together which discusses HRs role in attracting the best brains, talent and skill to ensure their organisation can compete against the finest companies in the world. However, are...

This Little Girl’s Mum Teaches Us A Lesson About What Fairness Really Means

I overheard a conversation in a shoe shop the other day.  A little girl was bemoaning that her mum wouldn’t buy her a particular set of trainers and she was going to tell her dad how mean her mum was. I shouldn’t have listened in but I was interested...

How do you organise your project teams?

The majority of us will be required to work in a team at some point in their career, in fact it has become a valuable testing method both in education but also in recruitment and selection. But how can the stage of the project affect how the team is...

Seeing Things From A Different Perspective

Quite often we get stuck in a frame of mind or a place, where it can be difficult to see a situation from a different point of view. When you work in a place for an amount of time, it can be harder to see things from someone outside...

The Value Of Workplace Mentors

Firstly, what is a mentor? A mentor is somebody who uses their expertise, experience and knowledge in a role to guide, support and develop a more junior, less-experienced employee, the mentee. There are many benefits to implementing a mentoring program in the workplace, not only to the employee, but...

My manager, my best friend

By their own admission this is the most controversial item in the Gallup q12 (http://bit.ly/29LqDGA); many stumble over the word best as it implies exclusivity. However, if you can get past the semantics of the phrase, it’s easy to understand how having friends at work can have bottom line...

Leaders At The Coal Face

We at The Survey Initiative create tailored employee surveys designed to meet the specific needs and outcomes for our clients. One aspect of our design, is to include free text questions to allow employees to further communicate on key areas important to them and to add any further questions...

Listen Up!

It’s fair to say that the biggest asset any organisation has is its people. So, when changes and decisions need to be made, shouldn’t organisations be listening and involving their employees? After all, they are the ones at the coal face and responsible for day to day tasks and...

Set Out Your Business Resolutions

At this time of year, people reflect on the year gone by and look to make New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. And there’s no reason why businesses can’t make resolutions too, after all they are every bit as important. However, as most us know, it’s all too...