Does Disliking your Boss affect your Work Performance?

Research suggests that when people get along with their leader, they: Are more motivated; Perform better, and Are more likely to go the extra mile. When they do not, bad things can happen. However, viewing the boss-employee dynamic as purely positive or purely negative creates a false dichotomy; it is often mixed. In three studies… Read More

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Workplace Respect: Owed vs Earned

“A respectful workplace brings enormous benefits to organizations, but efforts to provide one often fall short. That’s partly because leaders have an incomplete understanding of respect.” (Rogers, 2018, p.64). Research by Rogers (2018) suggests that employees value two distinct types of respect: Owed respect: Is accorded equally to all members of a work group or… Read More

True or False: The Best Performers Make The Best Managers?

Nearly half a century ago the Canadian educator Laurence Peter described what became known as the ‘Peter Principle’. This suggested that managers “rise to their level of incompetence” because they are promoted on the basis of performance in their current role, even if that is not likely to translate to success in the next one.… Read More

Females, Leadership & Other Mammals

It is well-known that, in the human species, there are less females than males in leadership roles. But, what about other mammals? Females are rarely leader of the pack in the animal kingdom, with only 6 of the 76 non-human mammal species that exhibit leadership having females in charge during conflict, foraging or travel. This… Read More

SEALs & Horses…

“WHEN RYAN ZINKE, America’s secretary of the interior, turned up for his first day in office a year ago, the ex-Navy Seal arrived on a horse called Tonto, wearing a cowboy hat.” You can learn about the training and selection US Navy SEALs here. Reference The Economist (2018) Special Report: The Geopolitics of Energy. All Hail the… Read More

3 Things You Need to Know When Selling a Fitness Business

When selling a fitness business, the ideal scenario is a stress-free transaction that allows the seller to close that chapter of their life and move on, without having to think about the business ever again. Whether or not that plays out comes down to how well-informed the seller is about the sales process. Depending on how… Read More

4 Things You Need to Know When Buying a Fitness Business

Buying a fitness business is a major financial outlay, so you want to ensure you (the potential purchaser) make a smart purchase that delivers what was promised, and without any unpleasant surprises down the line. These four tips can aid a regret-free purchase: Check for ‘skeletons in the closet’: The last thing you need when… Read More