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Happy Team – Happy You!

How is your team’s attendance lately? Are your team members performing well? Is your turnover at a reasonable level?

More often than not, the best way to assess if you have a happy team, who are enjoying their job is through their attendance and overall performance. Your team is highly motivated if they are seldom absent or late for work and if they are carrying out their tasks according to and even beyond your expectations. Poor attendance, performance and high attrition, on the other hand, are strong signs of demotivation.  As a leader, how do you avoid this from happening to your team?

Team and individual recognition is one of the most effective ways to motivate your team. It is a way of showing your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to their job. Day-to-day tasks can be really stressful at times,  especially those with deadlines and targets attached to them.  Who likes deadlines anyway?

Recognition can be in any form—verbal, written, or awards—it’s up to you. If you know your team well, you should know what works best for them. What’s important is that you are able to show them that their efforts are being appreciated no matter how stressful the work environment is.

Creating a fun working environment is another way of motivating your team. How do you feel about doing the same job every day? How about coming to the same work environment for weeks, months, years? It can be boring right? You probably can’t do much to change their daily tasks but you can definitely do something to add a little fun to their daily activities.

Theme days where they have to dress up according to a specific theme is one good example of people engagement activity. Best attire gets a prize. This often works well in conjunction with a charity fund raise for example – maybe for Red Nose Day.  Workplace decoration is another example. As well as engaging your team, this can create a great atmosphere for visitors and customers – like at Christmas or Halloween.

You can organise a team away day where the team gets involved in team based activities too.

However, it is not necessary to go to any expense. Regular one-to-one conversations with your team members is possibly the simplest way to motivate your individuals. We use the word conversation on purpose as we are not referring to coaching here. One-on-one talks should be set at least once a month with each of team member to ask how they are doing. This is the best time for you to build rapport while discovering the challenges they face or help that they need. This is also a great time for you to find out what exactly motivates them so you a leader know how to approach that person. Simply put, this is your bonding time.

Letting your team members know that you are open and approachable takes away any awkward moments in the work environment and makes them feel more comfortable having you around while working. You don’t want to see your employees hiding or avoiding you the moment they see you approaching, do you?

A happy team makes you happy as a leader too. Merely spending some time with people, really getting to know what makes them tick, you’ll find that poor performance due to de-motivation has a way of disappearing. And if your team is performing well, then you can enjoy your job too.

Leadership is not just about doing reports and handing out tasks. It is about many things, but the one thing it is always about is your people.




Leadership Tips and the 12 Days of Christmas

Leadership Tips and The 12 Days of Christmas


Once the Christmas dinner is over and the presents are opened it’s time to chill out, and maybe reflect a little on how this year has gone for you.

Here are our 12 tips for making 2016 your best year yet.  And to keep it traditional we are stealing from an old Christmas song.


On the First Day of Christmas Leadership Tips…

My true love said to me:

A Leader is one who

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

Leaders don’t just act like the boss and tell other people WHAT to do, but show them HOW to do it. A good leader always shows the way.  A boss says ‘Go’, a Leader says ‘Let’s go, follow me’.


 On the Second Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

You Are a Leader

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

You don’t have to be in a managerial role or have an official title to be a leader. If you are a hard worker and dream big, other people will follow you.  Therefore you a leader.


 On the Third Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Steve Jobs A Leader

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Good Leaders will think outside the box and come up with their own ideas.  They create the world around them and this inspires others.


 On the Fourth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:


Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
A leader might come up with ideas and inspire others, but unless they can unlock the potential in their team, they will be leading no-one.  Leaders facilitate and allow the individuals in their teams to grow.


On the Fifth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:


Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
You can’t go into a project or an idea blind, or it will never work. You must first come up with a vision of what you want, and then show others the way.


 On the Sixth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

If you want a quality

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
You know the saying: Fake it till you make it… well the same applies to leadership skills. In a company no-one will promote you to manager unless they see you as a manager, meaning you have to act as if you were a manager.  If it is your own business – no-one will come work for you if they don’t see you as a leader – so step up and act like one.


 On the Seventh Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Speak softly

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

In other words, always be humble, avoid raising your voice and being a hot-head for the sake of it, but don’t be afraid to put your foot down and make the tough calls when needed.


On the Eighth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:


No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.

Good Leaders know they can’t do anything without their teams. They are more interested in the end result than in taking the credit. If a leader acts in this way he will no longer be a leader as there will be no team left to lead…


On the Ninth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

It is essential

In other words – the smartest thing you can do is hire people who might be smarter than you!

 On the Tenth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Good Management

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

Make problem solving fun – and a TEAM activity.  If problems are seen as something negative then people will naturally avoid or shy away from dealing with them – which means it is always down to the leader to spot and solve problems.  Far better to encourage an environment where problem solving is applauded and everyone wants in.



On the Eleventh Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

The Quality of a leader

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Want to be a good leader? Then set the bar high. No – higher than that.   But what if you don’t feel confident? This takes me to my last point…


 On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Henry Ford

Henry Ford knew what he was talking about when he said  “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

There is nothing more important when it comes to being a manager than believing in yourself. Believe you can be the best leader in your business and you WILL.

If you want to make 2016 your Best Year Yet – come along to our free Best Year Yet workshops – where we will help you set the strategies you need for making 2016 your absolute Best Year Yet.

If you would like to pre-register for more information email me on julie@juliehutchison.co.uk and put “Best Year Yet” in the subject line.

Wishing you a Prosperous and Happy 2016.








In-team fighting

How To Handle In-Team Fighting

Everyone is different and believes that he/she is right during an argument, but when arguments happen between employees, things can escalate very quickly. As the leader – it often comes down to you to resolve the problem. Here’s how to handle in-team fighting:-

Be objective

If you want to be respected as a leader, you need to act objectively and deal with the facts. This is not about being popular, instead it requires you to acknowledge each person, listen well, while also making sure that you identify the right solution – the one which is best for the team and the individuals.

Be fast

Any workplace conflict can brew for days or months, hampering productivity all the while. AS a leader, it’s imperative to address things as fast as possible, and get things back on an even keel so “normal service can be resumed”. As soon as you become aware of the conflict, investigate it, talk to the individuals concerned and seek a resolution.

Be respectful

You need to hear each person’s opinion and understand why the conflict was created in the first place, and most importantly – acknowledge the feelings of each individual.

Be in charge

Once the emotions of the situation have been acknowledged, you need to uncover and deal with the facts. If this is just a disagreement, then focusing on how this is affecting the work atmosphere or productivity is the way to go – as long as you can back this up with examples. As a manager or leader, you can only deal with the facts.

If the argument or conflict is a disciplinary matter – if someone has ‘broken the rules’ in some way – the same applies. You should listen, acknowledge feelings, but then deal with the facts as far as the rule breaking, and consequences of that, are concerned.

Dealing with conflicts can be very demanding for any leader, but this is one of those situations which separates the wheat from the chaff. True leaders are not scared of dealing with conflict because they know that small things, left to fester, become big problems which are much harder to solve