The Key to Success at Interviews

The Key to Success at Interviews

I recently ran a series of Interviews Skills workshops for high school leavers aimed at helping them prepare for their first job interview or university entrance interview.  Not only was it a great opportunity to share some of the secrets of interviewing from over 30 years at both sides of the desk, it was also great fun.  Interviews need not be scary or fill you with dread or leave you with sleepless nights.  So to…

Working Your Way Up The Trust Pyramid

Working Your Way Up The Trust Pyramid

Back in August 2017 in our “Building Trust – The Formula” post, we explored the Meister Trust Equation taken from the book, The Trusted Advisor.  This gives us a handy formula to help identify the various elements in building trust and how to maximize them. Building trust is fundamental in any relationship, whether at work or in your personal life, so let’s take time to look at another model to help you understand to build…

Theory X or Theory Y?

Theory X or Theory Y?

One of the common areas we work on with clients is employee motivation and engagement.  Getting the best out of your staff, all of them, can make the difference between a good company and a great one.  So what’s the secret?  How can you motivate and engage your staff? There are many motivational theories and models, but one of my favourites was developed by Douglas McGregor at the MIT Sloan School of Management way back…

Mastering Your Triggers

Mastering Your Triggers

Last week we discussed how to identify your triggers – the things that tend to bring out the worst in you, not the best. Once you’ve identified what these are you can pause, take a minute to reflect, and change the negative behaviour that would typically emerge (raising your voice, pointing your finger, being more aggressive, talking over someone when you’re supposed to be listening), and turn it into a much more positive one.  …

What Are Your Triggers?

What Are Your Triggers?

We all have triggers – the little things that drive our reactions and behaviours, both good and bad.  However, do you know what your triggers are?  Can you recognize them before your auto-pilot reactions kick in?  Especially the more negative ones?  Understanding your own triggers can help make the difference between a successful interaction and a disastrous one, or a winning negotiation and a failed one. So how do you identify your triggers in the…

Happy International Day of Happiness!

Happy International Day of Happiness!

International Day of Happiness was established by Jayme Illien (philanthropist, activist and United National special adviser) back in 2011. In 2012 he successfully gained United Nations support and endorsement and he chose 20 March as this special day.  He chose this day for its significance as the March equinox (when the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun, which means longer, sunnier days).  The first International Day of Happiness was celebrated on 20 March…

Mistakes: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons!  Part 2

Mistakes: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons! Part 2

10 Awesome Tips To Avoid Mistakes in The Workplace Last week we discussed how to: allow for mistakes in the workplace deal with them when they occur learn from them and prevent them from recurring   This week, I want to share 10 tips on how to avoid mistakes that are useful to keep in mind at work (and at home):   Review your work Edit your work and go over it more than once….

Mistakes: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons! Part 1

Mistakes: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons! Part 1

You know how when you’ve just had a heart-breaking argument with your significant other and you turn on the radio only to find the song blasting from it perfectly describe how you feel? The other day the same thing happened to me after a member of my team made a blundering mistake that had serious monetary repercussions for the company. It wasn’t a song, but rather an article that I came across published by Forbes…

Creating Calm, Confident Kids

Creating Calm, Confident Kids

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new member to our Switchseven team. Welcome Fiona. She is a qualified Relax Kids Coach and is also experienced in Mindfulness. What is Relax Kids? Relax Kids aims to give children access to a variety of simple, yet effective techniques for relaxation, mindfulness and stress management that are developed in a fun and creative way. It gives children and young people the tools they need…

New Year – Time for a Change!

New Year – Time for a Change!

First of all let me wish you all a very Happy New Year.  I hope 2018 brings you all the very best. At this time of year we often start to think of New Years’ resolutions, things we’d like to achieve or change in the coming 12 months.  It’s a great opportunity to set some short-term targets for things we’ve maybe been putting off for a while. For me, I’d like to de-clutter a bit,…