The 8th Habit – Pete Beaumont

Written by Tracey Duke With a focus on designing cutting edge learning programmes, for the world’s leading blue chip corporations; BT, Citigroup, Accenture, & Thomson Reuters being just a few, Pete Beaumont knows a thing or two about nurturing talent within high performing teams. A passionate mentoring professional, he has supported leaders, and professionals in over 30 countries across the globe. I caught up with the former SVP and Global Learning Director of Citigroup, to get to the core of what it means to mentor and the vital importance of taking the time to invest in yourself.  Pete good morning! Thanks […]

The Power of Starting the Right Business, For the Right Reasons

Written by Phil Sampson Why does anyone want to start a business? Is it for financial gain? Is it a lifestyle choice? Or is it just because someone has a talent, or idea, that they consider valuable to others? We ask leadership expert Phil Sampson for his thoughts. It’s not often that an entrepreneur takes the proper amount of time to explore the reason for starting a business. They often do not take their choice and reasons seriously enough and that is why so many start-ups fail.  I often say people plan their holiday more seriously than their businesses in […]

How do you motivate the 21st century employee?

It is often said that people are an organisations greatest asset. But it’s not people, it’s talented people who engage, own issues, out-perform peers and have reach for the future that are an organisations greatest asset, whatever generation they come from.  Retaining talent is not only good for performance, it is good for profit. A replacement employee with all the associated costs and loss of productivity will cost a business between £34K to £85k. A modern organisation needs to do four things if it is to retain its greatest asset, its talent and maintain its profit levels: Attract great talent: […]

So you’ve been offered a directorship; now what?!

You may have worked hard for a long me in a company or business and whether you expect it or not, you end up being called into his or her office for a chat! Fortunately, it’s not to present you with your P45 but instead to offer you a step up to become a director of the company, reflecting your skills and contribution – Great you think – but what is really involved? Many people see a directorship as a title, an honour, a privilege, but it’s a risky business and you must ensure you don’t underestimate your obligations to the company and its […]

Listen Before You Leap

Risk-taking is critical to business success. But the starting point for taking smart risks should be inaction, not action. Come on, you might be thinking, let’s fast forward to where the action is! Risk taking is James Bond throttling a motorcycle off a cliff and parachuting into a waiting speedboat; it’s Indiana Jones cracking his bullwhip at the bad guy; it’s John Rambo demolishing a foreign army all by himself; and it’s Lara Croft karate chopping a baldheaded villain. At first glance, risk taking seems to always involve doing something. Risk taking is the protester marching, the rebel resisting, the […]

2 ways (guaranteed) to dig your business out of a rut

I’m sure you know exactly what I mean by ‘business rut’.  We’ve probably all been there.  A fog has come down over your strategy.  You know something needs to change but you can’t see the wood for the trees.  The hamster wheel just keeps on turning and you want to get off? “if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” So here are the 2 things that are guaranteed to re-energise, sharpen your focus and dig you out of your business rut. 1. Spend time with your Customers Mix it up between customers who’ve bought […]

8 Steps to Giving Feedback Like a Pro

Many business leaders shy away from giving feedback.  I guess they think that it could be a tricky conversation, or that the person won’t want to hear it.  But it’s a myth that feedback is a negative conversation.  Giving feedback on something which has gone really well is a great way to re-enforce what’s worked, so that it can be repeated.   Giving and receiving feedback is a very powerful tool in the workplace.  And employees can come away from the conversation feeling more empowered and enthused than ever, to do a great job for you and your business.  And […]


The question is posed in the context of our economic situation and your business’ approach to ‘dealing’ with this. If your answer is “survive” I would suggest you are likely to be undermining your chances of success by adopting a limiting perspective and attitude. It is possible your thinking will be constraining your business options by the inflexibility of your view of the current situation. Success is achieving what you set out to do and avoiding failure is something very different. An approach Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, articulated well in his quote, “If I find 10,000 ways something […]

Formula for handling Under-Performance (works every time)

If you manage people, you’ll know how exciting it is to hire great talent, but you’ve probably also experienced the awful feeling when a member of the team isn’t performing.  It costs you time, money and is a reflection on you as a leader. But how long do you continue to invest your time and money into someone who’s letting the team down?  Firing someone is never nice.  And should be a last resort.  It’s quite normal to just live in hope for a while that performance levels will return and the problem will go away.  But what if it […]

Are you putting your parenting skills to good use in Business?

Let’s face it, there’s an abundance of books written on both parenting and business – there’s certainly lots to learn.  But just think for a minute about how the skills are inter-changeable. I’ve started considering which primary school my little boy is going to attend in 2018 (yes I’m a bit premature but I like to be prepared) and it got me thinking about the significant similarities in skill set  between great parents and great business leaders. It’s certainly not uncommon to see parents out with their little ones, using ingenious new ways of getting good ‘performance outputs’ and running […]