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Caution, Learners Ahead

It’s a fact and contrary to certain prejudices and misconceptions, employees can learn to behave in new ways. However, people learn only if they are motivated…

Mark Crocker May 17, 2019

Engaging Conversations

Organizations care about employee engagement because the facts would suggest that it directly impacts their bottom line. Don’t believe us? Well recent and consistent…

Mark Crocker May 6, 2019

Changes

‘Changes’ is a song by David Bowie, originally released on the album Hunky Dory in December 1971 and as a single on 7 January 1972, the day before Bowie’s…

Mark Crocker April 8, 2019

Fire When Ready

The real problem with poor performing employees is us. If you want to feel better about yourself we will concede that on rare occasions and for a small percentage…

Mark Crocker April 3, 2019

Never Too Late

We want to talk about the serial late people in the world – those that keep us waiting. And it is not that we lead ‘busy lives’. That’s a given,…

Mark Crocker March 26, 2019

Pause Before You Pounce

We all face multiple challenges in our work and leadership roles – impossible deadlines, missed budgets, angry customers, politically driven colleagues, remotely…

Mark Crocker March 18, 2019

Trust Issues

When considering the great leaders within business there is one core attribute that they possess that sets them apart. That attribute is trust. They are all highly…

Mark Crocker March 4, 2019

Let Your Light Shine

In the constant struggle to improve ourselves we often reflect on our weaknesses. Indeed, a surprising amount of our time and energy at work is focused on the people…

Mark Crocker February 25, 2019

Balance of Power

Rest and recovery are a crucial part of any exercise program. After putting your body through a significant amount of stress during a grueling workout, you have…

Mark Crocker February 5, 2019

Hearing Loss

Proportion and context is something we need to consider often as consultants. The ability to maintain a sense of context is key as we work with clients to develop…

Mark Crocker January 30, 2019

A Year in Review

As we march headlong into the new year we have probably had, or are about to have, the dreaded annual performance review. The truth be told that here at Optimize…

Optimize Blog January 10, 2019

What’s in a Label?

As regular readers know, we have issues with the labels that people give others – labels make it too easy to put someone or a group of people in a box. It is also…

Optimize Blog July 31, 2018

Vive Le Tour

As the Tour de France grinds its way through the mountains in the second week we were considering it as a metaphor for life, for business life and for our careers.…

Optimize Blog July 18, 2018

Insanity Check

In our daily interactions with clients, we encounter many different leaders in all disciplines and generally these individuals are very determined people. They are…

Optimize Blog May 22, 2018

Kung Fu for Business

Recently here at Optimize we were thinking about business philosophy and the links to leadership and organizational culture. I’m not sure too many of us spend…

Optimize Blog March 26, 2018

Moments of Truth

Customers have never had higher expectations – or been more empowered than they are today. How you respond to, and take care of, your customers across all of their…

Optimize Blog March 5, 2018

A Little Toe Much

A pub in Derbyshire has hosted the latest “World Toe Wrestling Championship” which has now been going on for more than 40 years. Open to male and female…

Optimize Blog February 12, 2018

Vanity Unfair

Many commentators think that we are facing a narcissism epidemic fueled by the internet, instant celebrity, easy credit and cultural pressures that impact us on…

Optimize Blog January 29, 2018

Me, Myself and I

In business, the secret to effectively leading collaboration with others is finding a middle ground between too much and too little team think, where leaders encourage,…

Optimize Blog January 22, 2018

Wood for the Trees

A famous line from Alice in Wonderland is “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there” and here at Optimize we think it’s pretty…

Optimize Blog January 15, 2018