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McKinsey research into change management found that you are 3.7 times more likely to succeed on a change journey if you have a clear and compelling story.

This article brings to life some key insights and lessons that will enhance your storytelling skills. Discover even more around why stories are important, how to tell them well and what to expect as a result. If you change the story, you change the culture.

Gift of Feedback

At Blue Sky we believe that feedback is a gift. A feedback gift is something a person says to you that, if you acknowledge it, creates an opportunity to deepen your understanding of yourself or the other person. It helps you better understand how that person is feeling or thinking. It helps you explore each other’s needs.

Download our ‘Gift of Feedback’ article to explore the art to receiving and giving feedback. The latter is important, but the former is critical.

We hope you find it useful, and please let us know how you get on!

Women in Leadership

The end of the year. An opportunity to reflect on the various merits and perils of the last 365 days and put in place a series of tenets for the 12 months ahead with the intent of making them even more successful.

According to the ONS, progress in the UK is very slow – dropping by 0.6% in full-time employees since 2012.

When you dig into the stats, an interesting story comes to light…

Detox Your Company Culture

Unfortunately, leaders and managers can be a major cause of stress in the workplace. Whether intentional or not, some behaviours and characteristics can contribute to a negative, toxic and hostile working environment.

Most jobs have some level of stress, even on good days. However, if going to work (or just the thought of it) makes you feel depressed, anxious or even physically ill, then there’s more to it than just general stress: these could be signs of a toxic work environment. What do you do to fix it?

9 Lessons that move the Dial on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

“There are more differences within groups than between them.”

The fact is that most employees (61%) report having to hide who they are to fit in at work and, while this is higher in marginalised groups, it is also very high in the majority (almost 50%) (Yoshino & Smith, 2013).

Dan Mason investigates.

Coaching is a mindset, not in a meeting

Uncover your hidden talents and fill in the knowledge gaps you didn’t know you had. Have a look at your own coaching methods and our top takeaways.

Download Sean Spurgin and Steve Bent’s free Whitepaper today: Coaching is a Mindset, Not in a Meeting.

Brief Encounters Cards

What are they?

A set of question cards designed to create connections, spark conversations, ignite discussion, spread ideas and give new perspectives. There is one insightful question per card giving you the flexibility to use the cards in lots of creative ways.

There are 13 question cards in each of the following categories: Personal (Knowing Me), Leadership, Creating The Right Climate and VX™ Value Experience.

Coach Me Cards

What are “Coach Me Cards”?

A set of cards designed to help you to master personal change. Whether you want to change your mindset, a behaviour, a habit or develop a skill, the ‘Coach Me’ cards will help you to challenge your thinking, gain new perspectives, overhaul unhelpful habits, beat your biases and break through assumed constraints.

Great Managers: The Secret Sauce

Begin your journey to becoming a great manager today.

Enjoy your free Download of Sean Spurgin’s Whitepaper Great Managers: The Secret Sauce.

Know where to start, workshop skills on Ordinary to Extraordinary and loads more…

The 4 horsemen of the customer service apocalypse

That’s just the idiotic kind of thing I knew you’d come out with.” With a sigh, Paul rolled his eyes and stared at his wife, disgusted at her lack of intellect. His wife looked away from her husband of five years, folded her arms and thought how furious she was at his behaviour, but she said nothing in response.

Lies damn lies & employee engagement scores

We recently came across a FTSE100 company that had an incredible 140% rate of attrition within one of its divisions. This wasn’t an offshore contact centre, but a £40,000-per-year UK-based role.

Murder on the bank floor

Thanks to a new wave of digital systems and tools, banks have been busy rationalising their workforce: streamlining workflow, automating the back office, replacing people with apps. And no wonder – with the latest cavalry charge of open regulation and digitisation thundering over us, many commentators are proclaiming that “banks must adopt or die”.

Throw away your call centre KPIs

At 10.30am on a Tuesday morning in June, three Blue Sky consultants played a video to a room full of executives and leaders from a FTSE100 company. The video contained strong views from front- line people in the business about the way the call centre operation was being aggressively managed on Average Handling Time (AHT).

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