employee engagement

Relating an organisation’s “change power” to employee engagement

By Elisabeth Goodman, 12th September 2021 It’s been a while since I’ve blogged on anything other than coaching skills and Neurodiversity, as these are the areas I am most focused on at the moment. However it feels good to revisit a topic that has also been area of focus for me over the years, and …

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Hybrid working – considerations for managers and leaders

By Elisabeth Goodman, 10th May 2021 I’m starting to see and hear a flurry of articles and conversations about what hybrid working will mean, as companies open their doors for people to return to the workplace post Covid-19. I’ve been discussing this with colleagues too who are involved, like me, in coaching and other forms …

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Starting from a position of choice in manager-employee relationships

By Elisabeth Goodman, 17th May 2019 An article in the latest issue of Harvard Business Review has, as is often the case, triggered some lateral thinking on my part.  Borys Groysberg (2020) explores a case study of whether a manager should fight to keep a star employee who decides to leave the organisation without any …

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The soul of a start-up, nimble leadership, flexibility and control

By Elisabeth Goodman, 5th August 2019 Remember Gary Hamel’s article last November about how to retain employee engagement in growing and large organisations? The latest issue of Harvard Business Review (July – August 2019) carries two articles that provide some stimulating and converging ideas about how to achieve employee engagement through a combination of control …

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Maintaining employee engagement in growing and large organisations

By Elisabeth Goodman, 25th November, 2018 Small SMEs, large organisations, and a “microenterprise” model One of the aspects I enjoy so much about working with smaller Life Science or Biotech organisations* is the level of energy, enthusiasm and connection that every employee seems to have with their company’s purpose.  The people we encounter seem to …

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Oxytocin, trust, motivation and employee engagement

By Elisabeth Goodman, 9th March 2017 Introduction and a caveat There seems to be a real wave of articles and seminars on the relationship between various hormones, mental health, and our performance at work. I am definitely not an expert in this field, although I did complete a Biochemistry degree some years ago, and have …

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Creating the conditions for growth at work

By Elisabeth Goodman, 16th February 2016 It’s performance review and appraisal time It’s that time of year again: performance appraisals were either completed just before the end of 2015, or are in full swing. Objectives are being set for the year ahead. Managers and those being managed may be feeling ‘stressed’ by the challenge of …

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A celebration of change with One Nucleus and Taylor Vinters

By Elisabeth Goodman, 30th April, 2015 Our host, Patrick Farrant from Taylor Vinters, opened yesterday’s proceedings at the One Nucleus Network Meeting in Cambridge on Managing Change with this quote from Richard Branson: “A company that stands still will soon be forgotten” A show of hands from the floor confirmed that those present were almost unanimously …

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Difficult people are not necessarily being difficult!

By Elisabeth Goodman, 31st March, 2015 How to work with difficult people is a subject that many managers struggle with How to work with “difficult” people is one of the topics Janet Burton and I explore in RiverRhee Consulting’s 3-day Introduction to Management course , and in our tailored in-house supervisor and line manager courses. …

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Engaging staff in operational excellence – a case study on the visual workplace

Managing cargo shipments in the Port of Felixstowe I’ve been catching-up on my business reading.  I always find something fascinating when I do…. True to form, my efforts were quickly rewarded this morning, with a case study on digital signage at the Port of Felixstowe in the August 14th issue of Business Weekly. This article caught …

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