Ian Berry’s Key Discoveries about people and talent enhancement – part 2

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Changing What's Normal logoGuest blog from Ian Berry, creator of the Enhancing Their Gifts system

This is the second of three articles about why I believe that helping your employees to feel valued, fulfilled, and loved is the biggest and best thing you can do to grow your business.

If you missed the first article, Helping your employees to feel loved, you can read it here.

Article two – Helping your employees to feel fulfilled

I love the word fulfilled because of what it means “satisfied or happy because of fully developing one’s abilities or character.”

There are some great synonyms for fulfilled as well like “realized, carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out.”

The number of employees you have who you could say the above about, I guarantee that your business results are a direct reflection. (more…)

Ian Berry’s Key Discoveries about people and talent enhancement – part1

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Changing What's Normal logoGuest blog from Ian Berry, creator of the Enhancing Their Gifts system

When I first consider working with a new client I am keen to find out how much employees of the organisation feel valued, fulfilled, and loved.  Why these three you might reasonably ask?

In my work with leaders in 40 countries since 1991 the above three are the standout pathways to unleashing the unique talents/gifts that are lying dormant in most people.

The results of this unleashing

Higher levels of productivity and engagement from employees, higher sales, lower costs and lower employee turnover, and more time for you to pursue what really matters to you. (more…)

Business Resources for Humans

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
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Human Resources, or Humans?

I never liked the title Human Resources Manager. People are more than just a resource and humans work best when they are led rather than managed. In contrast I recently came across someone whose title was Director responsible for People and Culture. Much better!

After getting some new clarity around my consulting work I have just registered the domain www.businessresourcesforhumans.com .

It is a deliberate turning upside down of the concept of human resources for business.

Engagement surveys across a variety of industries consistently show that current models are not working. Typically anywhere from 40-60% of the workforce is disengaged. At any one time, a minority are so disengaged that they are actively working against the business. Sadly, because this is the norm we don’t question it and we don’t ask deep enough questions about whether there is a different way. (more…)

Join me for a Candid Conversation

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Join me on 27th August at 9am for a Candid Conversation webinar with Ian Berry on Google Hangouts. We’ll be talking about the relationship between community, good relationships and high performance. You can find more details here.

While you are checking out this page, watch the recording of the last Candid Conversation with Paul Dunn and Paul Lange.

Technology and the Art of Living

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Technology and the art of livingOne of the problems with the Western education system, which spills into many other areas of life, is the excessive compartmentalisation of knowledge into narrow specialisations.

Yet the most creative breakthroughs often come from cross-fertilisation of ideas from other disciplines. For example Mary Midgley describes “slipping out over the wall of the tiny arid garden cultivated at that time under the name of British Moral Philosophy” to wrestle with questions of human nature, culture and evil by learning from psychologists, anthropologists and biologists. As a result she has produced some of the most profound and exciting works of philosophy in recent years.

I’ve just finished reading another book that crosses boundaries – in this case also across different cultures. The Art of Living – aesthetics of the ordinary in world spiritual traditions by Crispin Sartwell is perhaps an unfortunate title for such a revelatory book. The heart of the book is a critique of how we came to separate art from technology in Western culture – a separation which is not there in other cultures and which was not present in European culture until the 18th Century. (more…)

From Best Practice to Best People

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

From Best Practice to Best PeopleThe Harvard Business Review blog has an interesting article Which Best Practice is Killing Your Business? which starts with the example of how the “quality” newspapers in Britain hung onto the impractical “broadsheet” format for years without realizing that it was hurting their sales. This “best practice” had first developed 300 years ago at a time when taxes were paid on the number of pages a newspaper printed, and as a result newspapers made their pages bigger and bigger.

The taxes had long-since been abolished, but the practice held on. The Times, Guardian, FT, Telegraph and Independent all assumed that they needed the broadsheet form factor to distinguish themselves from the Tabloids. But they were wrong! (more…)