“Why don’t employees do what we tell them to do?” is a question you hear a lot in business. It implies that employees are intentionally misbehaving, frustrating company leaders, and ignoring instructions. It also implies that they think they have a better idea of what they should be doing than company leaders do. But here’s …

CEO’s have been prominent figures in business for as long as they’ve existed, but starting in the 1980’s something else began to happen too. After Hollywood gave us Gordon Gecko and Miranda Priestly, reality seemed to fight back. Inspirational CEO’s like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Vicki Escarra (to name but a few) changed the …

#AgencyLife attracts dedicated, type A, work-hard-play-hard people, so it’s not uncommon for advertising agencies to suffer from the challenges that go along with hiring people who want to go into advertising. The things that make working at an agency great, and that make those who chose to work there great at their jobs, can also …

As we evolve and progress as a society, so too should our performance management systems and the way in which we deliver feedback. We now know that certain methods of feedback promote enthusiasm and an eagerness to excel, while others can be demotivating and ultimately disengaging. As a performance management consultant, I’ve had the opportunity …

Often, when we think of brand strategy, we think of our customers in terms of how they perceive us as a company, product, or service. And when it comes to communicating and interacting with customers, there’s always a brand strategy guideline that guides organizations through every step of the way. However, as times have changed, …

The world is filled with process, efficiency, and order. The overburden of technology in our lives and a world of connected devices have washed us over with a discipline we supposedly didn’t have when life was less connected.  But what if I were to tell you that all that order and efficiency is not what …

As business owners, leaders, and managers, giving feedback comes with the territory. However, many see giving feedback as a one-way street.  But if you’re taking this approach and delivering feedback without the opportunity for discussion, you’re missing the boat.  A feedback session should be a conversation. When giving feedback, it’s important to own your message …

Every organisation laments the lack of capable or qualified talent. When I chat with human resources and business leaders, they all express a collective sigh. They declare that the war on talent is very real. Finding qualified resources appears to be a challenge in most industry sectors, at most levels. So why is this the …

“Everyone gets excited about change, except when it happens to them.” These battle-hardened words were shared with one of us (Robert) years ago by the CMO of GE. The data certainly backs up her frustration. Depending on the study, 30% of change initiatives fail outright. An additional 40% fail to meet performance goals. Why do …

In this age of online price comparisons and price matching, customer service is increasingly becoming the key differentiator amongst brands. The companies that are amassing large numbers of brand loyalists are those that can deliver a personalized, seamless customer experience. Although it’s necessary to have the right contact center infrastructure in place to effectively help …