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Collaboration – It Takes Two Flints to Make a Fire

It has been said that competition makes us faster but collaboration makes us better. Collaboration means everyone can contribute: you get to use all the experience in your team, not just some of it.  Not only does a collaborative culture enable you to ensure opportunities and risks are more transparent and manageable, it also makes work more enjoyable and satisfying.…
Sharpstone Skinner
May 25, 2022
Performance

I am 100% busy

As we emerge into 2022, bleary-eyed, hoping this will finally be the year of steady state (trying to avoid "new normal"), how are you feeling? Many of our clients’ report feeling weather-worn, buffeting by the effort of steering through Covid and all its storms and gales.
Sharpstone Skinner
February 16, 2022
Performance

Feedback Part 2: Getting as good as you give

Hello again. In part one of this article, we addressed feedback, our motives for giving it and how to ensure you examine your motive before you open your mouth. Now that is sorted, you can deliver the feedback in a way that is taken well. It is vital to know the go-zones and no-go zones of feedback.  Derek Biddle, occupational…
Sharpstone Skinner
November 10, 2021
Performance

Is the Fridge Still There?

How are your teams feeling about returning to the face-to-face universe? Some may have a spring in their step. But, on the other hand, some may be dragging their heels or worry about finding their work shoes and are considering arriving in their trusty slippers. (Warning – inappropriate footwear for the outer world). It is finally happening, that normality that…
Sharpstone Skinner
August 2, 2021
Performance

How to avoid a dry January

Happy new year and welcome to 2021! A probable game of two halves as we contemplate some dark months ahead before we emerge blinking into the warmth of a more familiar world as the year progresses.  That’s the hope anyway.
Sharpstone Skinner
January 5, 2021
Performance

Self-care and the 9 to 5

Self-care.  It’s got to be up there with the most frequently used words and phrases of the year alongside furlough, new normal, resilience and “You need to take yourself off mute David!”.  Yet when we mention it, talk turns to bubble baths and box sets.  This makes the assumption that self-care is something you need purely to recover from work…
Sharpstone Skinner
November 13, 2020
Performance

Redundancy, facing change and new doors

Redundancy. It's such a horrible term. It describes something that is no longer needed. We were made redundant 23 years ago and we survived and thrived. We set up a business together and we have never looked back. We know you would like to wipe the imagined smug look off our faces and we can’t blame you. That stuff doesn’t…
Sharpstone Skinner
August 25, 2020