16th December 2013

A Coaching Style of Management

Line managers are becoming increasingly expected to coach their teams. There are many benefits of coaching your team, including increased performance and productivity, greater communication between employees and their managers and empowering people to achieve their personal ambitions and goals. To read more of this post click here
9th December 2013

4 Ways of Getting the Best from Graduates

As a business owner, what makes a graduate more valuable to you than a non-graduate? It is true that they have learned extra skills ta university but they are only useful to you if they can help your business in some way. How do you employ a graduate in the right role to enhance and bring out these skills, or should they simply just fill a vacancy? To read more of this post click here
6th December 2013

Ways to Cope with an Increased Workload

Maybe its because it the run up to Christmas, maybe its due to the end of the year looming, but whatever the reason I have been extremely busy lately. It doesn’t help that I have been out of the office so much too – 2 trips to the USA within 5 weeks don’t help! When work starts to pile up, you can feel overwhelmed and stressed. The challenge to get through this just adds to the stress of managing it […]
2nd December 2013

How Having Fewer Staff can Actually Provide Help with a Business

As any business owner will know, employing staff can be a double-edged sword. You need staff if you really want to make a business that creates profit and operates successfully, and also to allow you not to work 24 hours a day! On the flip-side, staff can create their own problems, stress and hassle, rather than whelp with the business. To read more of this blog, click here
25th November 2013

BiY has helped me focus on where I want to be

25th November 2013

Engage or Die!

It won’t come as a surprise to you to discover that ‘engaged’ employees are healthier, happier and more productive than their ‘non-engaged’ colleagues. However, did you realise that a government survey has shown that 64% of people say they have more to offer in the form of skills and talent than they are being asked to demonstrate in the workplace? That is a huge amount of untapped potential. To read about how to engage your employees at work, click here
21st November 2013

Are You Too Busy?

We all get the same amount of time – 60 minutes in an hour,  24 hours a day, seven days in a week. We cannot store it, or make more of it or turn it off. However, it seems that these days everyone is in a constant rush, over-booked and without enough time to do anything properly. Although we may not realise it, how we fill our time and how e spend it is our choice. To read more of this […]
8th November 2013

7 Key Elements of Successful Projects in Small Businesses

Successful projects in small businesses are as much about planning and structure as they are about delivery. I consider that there are 7 key elements to a successful project within a small business, which include business case, quality, progress and change. To read more of this post, and to find out about the other 3 key elements, click here
31st October 2013

5 Top Tips to Build a High Performing Team

Here are my top five tips for building a high performing team, and getting the most from your team members: Playing to individual’s strengths – Time is far too short to waste in business, therefore, you should exploit what each team member is good at. It is ideal to try and build a team with a wide range of strengths to maximise the team performance. Transparency – Have regular team meetings, have intense short daily meetings, display KPI’s for the […]
22nd October 2013

New and exciting ideas at peer groups

16th October 2013

More Than a Feeling

It is obvious that there is a link between motivated, engaged staff and bottom line performance. It is becoming increasingly popular to enhance the general mood and feeling in the workplace in order to improve productivity. Have you ever gone to work with the ‘wrong head’ on, and had a totally un-productive day? If all your colleagues felt the same way, then you would be fighting an uphill battle with the mood in the office, and productivity would be affected. To […]
3rd October 2013

How Does Your Leadership Measure Up?

In the current high pressure, fast-paced environment, it is very easy for busy leaders to neglect self-development and purely concentrate on self-preservation. Many leaders are still totally unaware of the impact that their leadership has on those around them. There are 10 common failings for business leaders, which are documented in this blog. To read about the top 10 failings for business leaders click here
30th September 2013

Tips to Improve Collaboration at Work and Home

Having read the blog from Teresa Amabile (author of The Progress Principle), I wondered if there were any lessons to take back to the workplace from our personal relationships at home. It appears there are four main points that can be applied to the workplace, that have the basis in personal relationships – collaboration needs to start with a strong foundation; maximise co-operation and minimise competition; exploit similarities and differences; respect the contribution from the other person. To read more of […]
27th September 2013

5 Ways to Identify and Manage Defensive Employees

In these tough times, it is often necessary to batten down the hatches. Word will spread amongst your employees about the overhead savings, and they may dig in their heels to strengthen their position within the company. However, you want to see the opposite and see more flexibility on your staff, not less. Here are the top 5 ways in which defensive employees put themselves before the company, and often to the detriment of the company. To read more about […]
16th September 2013

3 Top Tips to Become More Efficient by Working Less Hours

Research has been carried out to show that working long hours is inefficient. If you are being inefficient at work, then you are reducing your competitiveness and not giving as much value to your customers as you could. Is the reason that you are working long hours due to poor time management or a lack of self control?   To find out about the 3 tips to become more efficient, click here
16th September 2013

The networking group for me

9th September 2013

Changed my life for the better

5th September 2013

What Does the Way You Communicate say About You?

I was carrying out a coaching session with a client who was struggling to get through to his team. He said ‘ They’ve all switched off and it seems as if they have all stopped listening’. He explained that he had repeatedly told them what he wanted them to do, but yet nothing was happening. He felt like his team were holding him back. However, maybe it was the way he was speaking to his team, rather than what his team […]
3rd September 2013

Network with like-minded

27th August 2013

Ten Proven Techniques for getting more Sales Leads

From tools and techniques for managing yourself and your sales process, through to ideas on how to harness the power of your current customer base, this article is packed with practical tried-and-tested techniques for increasing your sales leads … and ultimately, growing your business. It’s an old adage the people love buying, but hate being sold to … read on via this link to find out how you can capitalise on this approach
27th August 2013

Most supportive business network – ever

19th August 2013

New Management Pitfalls

A new role as a manager can be an exciting, but rather daunting experience. You may now be responsible for a former colleague, or a friend, have the difficult job of making your former colleagues redundant or setting new targets for the team.  Detailed by IRYS are the top ten pitfalls often made by new managers, and the tips on how to overcome them: To read more of this blog, click here   
12th August 2013

The Cost of Recruitment

For many businesses, the most important part of developing their business is getting the right people on board at the right time. These are the people that will work towards a common goal, and will share the same vision and mind set as the company owners. When put like that, it sounds so simple. However, as many of us know, there are numerous pitfalls on the route to finding the ideal employee. To read more of this post, click here
23rd July 2013

Integrated Management

If you’re wondering whether to integrate your management system, read these top ten tips on why integration will save you money and increase your profits: 1. Optimise internal and external audits – integrated management systems need fewer audits, so reduce the demand on resources. 2. Reduce costs – avoiding duplication in internal audits, training and document control will all save time and money. To read more of this post, click here
18th July 2013

5 Steps to an Improved Lead Time and Your Competitive Advantage

If you are trying to reduce costs, become more competitive and increase productivity, then you should consider the impact of lead time on your business. Lead time can be defined as the elapsed time between the acceptance of the order and the invoicing. To reduce lead time, you should consider the 5 following steps: Define what constitutes your lead time, identify the steps that add value and those that don’t, remove non-value added time from your lead time, re-measure your lead time, and then […]
11th July 2013

The 3 R’s of Confidence: Reflections, Raisins and Red!

Did you know that reflections, raisins and red can all boost your confidence? So, to start with reflections. Shawn Achor, a Harvard lecturer, found that engaging in only one small positive habit every day for at least three weeks can have a lasting impact on optimism, general wellbeing and life satisfaction. During a study, a group of tax managers at KPMG in New York were asked to engage in one of 5 activities every day that correlate with positive change. […]
2nd July 2013

Taking Top Teamwork and Referrals on Board: Business in Yorkshire

BiY (Business in Yorkshire) is a one-stop personal and business development support network, that Quest PR is proud to be  a member of. Spearheaded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, their Associates (including Quest’s Sharon Cain) have a wealth of knowledge and experience which is available for members to tap into. From social media to marketing, finance to sales strategy, and even ideas on elephant taming (yes really), BiY covers it all. To read more of this blog, click here
20th June 2013

Increase productivity and profits by 10% – and for free!

These days more and more employers are realising how important happiness is within the workplace. Is there a relationship between productivity and happiness? Well, the two may be mutually inclusive. It is true that productivity and therefore profit, increases when an employee has autonomy and control over the work they do.  So what does this actually mean?  To read more of this post, click here
22nd May 2013

What makes a great leader?

You’ve built a great sustainable business, and you’re so busy that you now have to delegate some of the tasks you have usuaully managed to do yourself. It is easy to get consumed in the process of winning new business and getting through your run-of-the-mill tasks. But don’t underestimate the importance of taking the time to motivate, inspire and challenge your staff. To read more about becoming a great leader and motivating your staff click here
22nd May 2013

Inspiring your staff

Inspiring people is not easy. It takes time, effort and persistence, but we all have the ability to inspire our staff members in small but sigificant ways. When people are inspried, they become more motivated, enthusisatic and engaged, which undoubtedly improves their performance. For hints and tips on how to inspire your employees, click here