More Advice On Leadership From Sir Alex Ferguson

Oliver Sheer
We already covered some of the leadership tips and tricks that executives in all fields could take from Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest managers of professional football in history, if not the greatest. We’ve got more advice to share in this article, and, as with the last, put your preconceptions about professional sports being different to other industries to the side; all of these management techniques below will apply to you every bit as much as a football manager.

For more information, or more in-depth insights into Sir Ferguson’s techniques, be sure to read his book, Leading.

Set high standards, but be fair

A well-run organisation needs to set high standards of its team, and expect the very best results from them. At the same time, those expectations need to be fair, and avoid piling too Read more

What You Can Learn About Leadership From Sir Alex Ferguson

Kingsley Seale

If you want to learn how to lead a group of people, you can do far worse than drawing inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson. Without a doubt the most successful football manager of all time, Ferguson has amassed 49 trophies from teams that he has lead, whether that was Manchester United (which he took from being a struggling team to the biggest name in football), or any number of other teams that he has guided along the way.

Sir Ferguson’s new book, Leading, contains some very valuable insights on how to create a team of winners, and build a team’s culture, which apply every bit as well to the business world as it does a sporting team. Here are some of the most critical insights.

Watch people, learn from them

One of the defining skills of a good leader is one who is observant of those around him or her.
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How To Build A Winning Team In Seven Steps

Oliver Sheer

Having a cohesive team that works together to perform to its peak doesn’t just happen. It takes a dedicated and committed effort to build a culture around teamwork, positivity, and ongoing development. This needs to be driven by the managers, and all managers should keep the following strategies in mind as they look to build that positive, winning team culture.

1) Always drive towards a goal

Your team should always be working towards something specific. Nothing brings a team together and gets them working well together than having a shared and defined goal to arrive at in the end. Make sure that team meetings continue to drive home that mission, so that no one loses sight of the end game and gets distracted and bogged down by day-to-day routine, because if that happens, the project might well stagnate.
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How To Improve Your Company’s Culture With Kindness

Kingsley Seale
Happy employees are better employees. As simple as this it’s often something that we forget as major deadlines loom, hours start to extend into the night, and people are popping onto their computers over the weekend.

People are willing to accept that this is part of the job… and indeed the idea of the 9-5 job is quickly disappearing. But at the same time, people will never respond well if they feel that they’re being exploited, or not appreciated. And that’s where the “random acts of kindness” idea comes into play. Introducing small acts of kindness into the company culture is something that requires minimal time or resourcing, but can have a substantial impact in improving morale and making each employee feel valued and engaged in the company itself.
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How To Get Rid Of The Destructive Silo Mentality In The Workplace

Oliver Sheer
There are few things that are more destructive to an organisation than silo mentality. What is that? It’s when teams within an organisation close themselves off to the rest of the business. They refuse to share information or collaborate without other departments – or individuals – within the business, and the knock on effect of this is that the business suffers from lowered morale, poor productivity, mistrust, and open conflict.

You do want your business’ teams to be close-knit groups and you want like-minded people to collaborate with one another. But at the same time you want to make sure that this doesn’t start to form silos within the organisation. To help prevent this from being an issue, there are five critical things that you should reinforce within the business.
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The Challenge of Improving Workplace Wellness

Kingsley Seale
All business owners want their workers to be healthy and happy so they can perform at their best. But have you ever considered the role that team building challenges can play in workplace wellness?

A healthy recommendation

Be Challenged recently received some wonderful recognition for our work in improving workplace culture and employee happiness. A well-respected provider of corporate health insurance plans – Bupa Corporate, featured us in an article on their blog, about ideas for improving wellness in the workplace. We have been talking about the positive effects of team building for a long time, and it was lovely to be featured in the “Inspiring Ideas for Workplace Wellness” article, as it really puts team building on the map as one of the ways Read more

Five Quick Steps To Improving Employee Engagement

Oliver Sheer

A report from Gallup shows that only 13% of employees across the globe are engaged in their work. This number is seriously concerning for businesses, at a time where employee retention is absolutely critical. With skilled employees becoming increasingly difficult to find, employee retention is the only way to guarantee that you keep critical skills within your business. However, engagement is a significant metric in determining an employee’s happiness and willingness to stay in the organisation, so when employee engagement is low, turnover tends to be high.
Highly engaged employees also work harder, and are more creative and innovative, driving better results within the Read more

The Difference Between A Leader And A Manager

Kingsley Seale

“Leaders” and “managers” are both bosses; they have staff working underneath them, and ultimately their job is to make sure that their teams are adding value to the organisation and operating to peak efficiency and productivity.
But in the modern workplace, the “manager” has become something of a dirty word; it implies a boss that isn’t able to achieve true leadership. It’s someone who isn’t keeping up with the pace of the modern workplace environment, and critically, a “manager” isn’t seen as particularly inspiring – especially towards millennials.
So, what are the character traits that define a “leader”, rather than a “manager?” There are four character traits in particular, and everyone who has the responsibility for managing teams of people should consider developing these traits in order to be Read more

Nine Critical Tips For Better Team Building

Oliver Sheer

Having a successful business requires the employees to come together and work well as teams. The more cohesive and effective the team, the greater the productivity back into business. Building a successful team doesn’t just happen automatically, and nor is it a matter of hiring the right people (though that’s also important). Building an effective team requires work and initiative from management, as well as clear policies and investment, with clearly defined end goals to work towards.

There are nine key things to keep in mind in developing a team building strategy:
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Team building delivering value within the workplace

Kingsley Seale

Team building delivering value within the workplace from Key Media on Vimeo.

Stu Robertson, CEO at Team Up Events says the traditional perception of team building is changing as organisations see the merits of using it as part of their employee engagement and development program. Robertson says team building is an important part of driving workplace culture, and can deliver real results.