Effective Team Performance

Effective Team Performance

Teams, like workplaces, are becoming increasingly diverse, dynamic and digital. But the principle behind managing teams effectively remains the same. Are you providing the right conditions for your team to thrive? Here are some aspects to consider: Shared DirectionA shared understanding of the team’s mission and tasks is essential to a team’s level of commitment…

Challenging the use of country as a proxy for culture

Challenging the use of country as a proxy for culture

Business managers are required to work in increasingly diverse environments, facing issues that are increasingly dynamic, complex and uncertain in the face of global economic, social, and technological shifts. The behaviours used to respond to these challenges are influenced by culture. A manager’s network, experience, training, and explicit and implicit norms act as sources of…

Hiring high potential staff

Hiring high potential staff

Your business is only as good as your staff, which is why you want to hire high potential employees. You may find it hard to spot a high potential candidate in an interview. Our tips will tell you what to look for and ask when you are recruiting. High potential employee traitsA common set of…

Personalising your business brand

Personalising your business brand

Personalising your business brand attracts new customers by establishing authenticity and a point of difference. Follow these tips to improve your marketing and create a unique brand true to yourself. Put a face to the nameThe best way to add a personal touch to your brand is to be human. Adding a team graphic to…

How small business can compete with major corporations

How small business can compete with major corporations

Small businesses should not feel intimidated by their corporate competitors as they have many unique advantages that can help them gain a sizeable market share. Small business owners should focus on specific areas, so they can go head-to-head with large companies with more resources. Customer serviceSmall businesses have the opportunity to build a stronger relationship…

Benefits and problems of niche marketing

Benefits and problems of niche marketing

Business owners thinking about specialising their products and services to target a niche market should know the benefits and risks of this business strategy. Niche marketing is the business strategy of targeting a specific subset of a market. Here are some benefits and problems of niche marketing that will help you build a business strategy…

Fostering healthy workplace competition

Fostering healthy workplace competition

Bringing out your staff’s competitive side can lift the performance of the entire business and boost productivity. However, competition can turn any workplace toxic so it is essential to get the balance right. These strategies will ensure competition in your office contributes to a healthy and positive workplace environment. Reward instead of punishingTarget the top…

Leadership mistakes to avoid

Leadership mistakes to avoid

Leadership mistakes contribute to falling standards around the office due to a lack of motivation or inefficient management. Here are some leadership mistakes to avoid in the workplace. Being hypocriticalLeaders that do not meet the expectations they set will lose the loyalty and respect of their employees. If you require your staff to come in…

How community involvement grows your business

How community involvement grows your business

Business’ that get involved in community reap financial, workplace and brand image related benefits. Whether your business is new or relatively established in your area, community involvement should be at the forefront of your business strategy. Consider donating services of products to a range of charitable ventures or getting amongst community fundraising initiatives, parades, picnics…

Picking the right business location

Picking the right business location

The decision of where the headquarters of your business should be will have a significant hand in determining your profitability and productivity. Consider the following checklist to ensure you make the right choice. Will you buy or lease?First, you need to decide whether you will buy or rent. Entering a lease is less of a…