Recognition and Reward – and Consistent Feedback
I have been struck with a few projects lately. The degree to which so many people in the world feel undervalued in their work is shocking. What is even more surprising to me is that in most of the cases where we encounter this, the people who feel undervalued are often in fact highly valued by the organisation and by their peers.
Productivity Lessons from the Sweatshop in my Living Room
OK, so I admit that’s a little dramatic. Let me break it down. As you may be aware we are a Leadership Partner of the upcoming Creative Innovation conference in Melbourne. Part of that partnership involves providing an item for the goody bag for the delegates. And so it was, that we found ourselves sat on my living room floor (husband also enrolled in the process), unwrapping, taking apart, adding a tag and re-wrapping 650 items. To be honest it’s one of those tasks you don’t think will take very long until you start doing it. And then you start imagining having to quit your job and maybe completing it a couple of minutes before you die.
Employee Engagement | Is Transactional or Transformational Leadership the Most Effective?
There have been a number of studies undertaken with the hope of discovering whether transactional or transformational leadership, leads to greater employee engagement. On the surface one might hypothesis that transformational leadership would be the preferred style by employees however the findings are not that clear cut and there are some important distinction to be gained for both leaders and organisations.

In reality both forms of leadership have their place in the appropriate context, however many organisations will require a blend of leaders who display the skills of  transactional and transformational leadership.

So let’s first look at some broad definitions for both leadership styles and discuss how they are best utilised in an organisation.

Employee Engagement
There has been a great deal of discussion in recent years around creating more ‘human workplaces’, where individuals feel that their humanity and their contribution matters and clearly differentiates them from other inanimate commercial inputs.  There is also a commercial argument  for cultivating a more human workplace,  let’s face it  happier more engaged employees are more productive, take less sick leave and are more likely to stay with their employer for a longer period of time.

How much is unconscious bias costing your organisation?
This article was featured in Hunter Headlines on 7th May 2016.

The vast majority of organisations would like to think that they are open, fair and non-discriminatory in their recruitment and workplace practices. However, the statistics and anecdotal stories paint a very different picture.

Why does diversity matter?

Organisations that are truly diverse have access to a broad range of opinions, experiences and points of view, and can collaborate to uniquely problem solve by tapping into this knowledge. The organisations that are early adopters to creating a well balanced diverse workforce, not tokenistic approach, will be rewarded, as they will find themselves in a position to harness a unique competitive advantage.
Why Do Businesses Waste So Much Money In Court?
I remember a time not so long ago when people were willing to have conversations and negotiate mutually beneficial outcomes. And yet, the business world seems decades from that now. We at DLPA work with a lot of construction companies, and what we are seeing occur in this industry in particular now is that legal costs represent on average a staggering 20% of all costs to the business. Sometimes a lot more. And we are all paying for that in overall cost of construction in this country.

Keeping Steady in the Wake of Economic Unrest
I think it’s pretty safe to say that the world is in a state of accelerating change - and the economy doesn’t quite know how to take the latest jolt of unexpected (for most of us) stimulus - the Brexit result - certainly seems to highlight the knife edge on which our economies hang in the globalised world. My view is that Brexit will have a long lasting and widespread effects in the world marketplace - even if there does somehow manage to be a ‘but we didn’t really mean it’ put through. The process has highlighted the power of crafted question to wreak havoc, unseat Prime Ministers and send the world into chaos.

In this environment it is crucial that businesses find a way to craft a new normality. One that remains steady in the face of economic unrest, and that can remain profitable and reliable with any external stimulus. So how do you achieve this?

5 Ways to Rescue Your Team Meeting from Failure
It’s not uncommon to hear people walking away from a meeting saying ‘that’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back,’ and it’s true. Time is a precious commodity, it’s one resource that is finite. So why then are we conducting ineffective meetings where we waste the time of multiple people who could be doing something more productive?

It’s important to understand why you’re having your team meetings  and to communicate that reason effectively to all those involved, you really need to gain everyone’s buy in to maximize the outcome of regular meetings both for positive team culture and bottom line results.  Here are 5 tips to ensure you save your team from wasting time and opting out of team meetings.

Why are we so careless with time?
I am very clear - time is the most valuable asset I have. Why then are people so careless with it? We’ve had a couple of experiences of late where people have not respected the time we have afforded them. In one instance - today in fact - I had a phone conference scheduled at 9.30 a.m. When the client hadn’t phoned in by 9.40 a.m. I moved on to other things. They phoned at 9.55 a.m., some 25 minutes after the agreed time.

Another instance was another member of our team had a meeting scheduled in a fairly remote location. It was a considerable drive to get to the meeting, and the person the meeting was with was aware of the travel. When our team member arrived she was informed that the person she was to meet had double booked - and was promptly handed a brochure to read for 45 minutes!

Why is it that we take our own time and the time of others for granted? And how can we go about managing our time better?

5 Habits to Make You Super Productive
I remember a time when I would start the week feeling ready to go, huge to-do-list with a huge amount of confidence that I would get it all done. By about Monday lunchtime I would be starting to slip - the list looked a bit more intimidating and confidence was waning somewhat. From that point on the week would pretty much go into landslide - every meeting running 10 minutes over, tasks not being done, extremely late nights and increasing frustration.

Over time I realised that I needed to create habits for myself that maintained that Monday morning optimism throughout the week, and kept me on task and on target. By practicing these 5 habits you too can become super productive!
Pinching Pennies - The Cost of Undervaluing Your Employees
We were in the US for a little while, and we spoke to some wonderful people from all walks of life. One of the things that we  noted, is that a whole lot of workers are undervalued and not being treated well in the United States of America.

Your Career - Are You Flourishing or Floundering?
In our work at DLPA, we are fortunate to do really interesting activities and programs with individuals and organisations, and one of the things that has really surprised us recently is the large number of individuals who feel they’re struggling with their current career. This shows up in several ways, it can be that they no longer enjoy their work, they feel that their work is meaningless, they’re frustrated that they keep missing promotions or they just don’t enjoy their current work environment. In some way or another they are out of personal alignment with their choice of career or workplace, and it’s painful for them.  If this is you, be reassured, you’re not alone.

When Wanting It Isn’t Enough
We’ve all been there. You want it so bad it causes physical pain. You’re doing everything you can think of. You are Googling inane phrases like “how to make my business successful” and “how to create passive income”. The kids seem to know the babysitter better than you. You quite frankly have nothing left in the tank.

And the frustrating truth is that wanting it is simply not enough. As much as we talk about it coming down to determination and perseverance, that isn’t the secret recipe. Plenty of people have those things and try valiantly and whole-heartedly all the way to bankruptcy.

How to win that big tender
You know you have a great product or service. You know the people you want to work with. So why, oh why, is no one paying attention? You submit the tenders, you price competitively – and yet no wins. Let’s face it, tendering is a huge expense for a business. Not to mention the toll the stress takes on your staff – or the demoralization of a low strike rate constantly being referenced.

So, how do you win those big tenders?

Stop Asking Us To Think Like Business Owners!
Stop asking us to think like business owners!

This is the feedback we receive from so many of the teams we work with. And, I think, this is one of the biggest mistakes that business owners make – expecting employees to think about business problems as if their houses ride on the outcome. The thing is – their houses don’t ride on it. They have elected to be employees – to turn up for their regular hours, to do their assigned tasks and to go home.

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