“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting” – Part 2

“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting” – Part 2

Last week we gave you 5 tips to ensure your meetings at work are a success – every time.  Hopefully you’ve managed to put a few of these tips into practice and started reaping the benefits.  Wasting time in unproductive meetings is not something any of us enjoys. This week we’ve got 5 top tips to help you discuss topics constructively, reach agreement and close out effectively.  Most meetings will typically have a number of…

Email Etiquette 101

Email Etiquette 101

E-mails are perhaps the biggest enabler of business today, but at the same time one of the top 5 things people complain about at work.  Corporate culture today depends on instant communication and the sheer volume of e-mail traffic to and from your mailbox every day continues to rise. So why are many of us so bad at writing e-mails?   You’d think that with all that practice we’d be experts by now.  Building on some…

Expo2020 Recruits & SwitchSeven

Expo2020 Recruits & SwitchSeven

September saw SwitchSeven complete a successful two day training program to a group of 30 Expo2020 recruits.  The 2 day module focused on Business Writing and Productivity.  These courses were part of their wider Expo2020 development program and specifically targeted their early project preparation work.

Practice makes Perfect

Practice makes Perfect

The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what the researchers call “deliberate practice”.  Practice that is explicitly intended to improve performance.  That reaches for objectives just beyond your current level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition. The research is backed up by what great performers have been showing us for years.  Winston Churchill, one of the century’s greatest orators, practiced his speeches…

The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

Tony Hayward, previously BP CEO, was quoted in the Financial Times as saying he has a “leadership style that really listens”.  He isn’t alone.  In fact, listening has become the biggest and most fashionable of all modern leadership fads. Every new leader promises that this is what he is all about.  Gordon Brown, previous UK Prime Minister, arrived at Number 10 in June and talked about how much he was listening.  Three times in his…