The cost of making managers “accountable”

When we, at Sewells, as part of our world renowned business improvement programmes ask senior leaders what changes they’d like to see as outcomes, it’s often, “for our managers to be more accountable and responsible for their results”. There is a huge problem with linking those two things together … because, philosophically and practically, they … Continue reading

Leading (and achieving) with absolute belief

Our 55 years’ experience in helping businesses improve show that many leaders seem to spend a lot of time wishing. They wish they were slimmer and fitter, richer and smarter. They wish their businesses were more successful, their teams more productive, their customers more loyal. But what would it be like if they could change … Continue reading

Employees don’t leave Companies, they leave Managers

A recent Gallup poll of more than one million workers concluded that the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs is a bad boss, or immediate supervisor. We’ve learned that 75% of workers who voluntarily leave their jobs do so because of their bosses and not the position, the role itself or the company. Never … Continue reading

What is the cost of team dysfunction?

Every workplace team has some degree of dysfunction. But the dysfunctions in any team, in any form and to any degree – whether it’s having a blame culture, a lack of trust, or paying lip service to landing the new changes that will improve performance – come at a cost. At its best, it could … Continue reading

Creating a Culture of “Getting Things Done”

If strategy is identifying how to achieve/exceed objectives, implementation is all about making it happen. It’s the follow through. Implementation is where the treasure lies – and it’s the biggest gap in any business improvement programme. The primary elements of successful companies are: Clear goals for everybody within the company that deliver the general strategy … Continue reading

Is it time to stop flogging a dead horse?

Are you getting the business results you hoped for in 2019?  Are you “future-proofing” your business with the improvements you’re making? The best definition of insanity we’ve ever come across is doing the same old things over and over again, hoping for different results. If what you’re doing to achieve your goals isn’t working, a … Continue reading

Leading, without building trust, will destroy you!

How many so called “leaders” do we know / have we known who:-   Come down on people like a ton of bricks if they don’t keep regular office hours … and then announce they’ll be “working from home for the next two days”? Freeze salaries and make redundancies and then take delivery of a … Continue reading

Leaders are human, too, you know!

Much of the work we do at Sewells in helping businesses improve performance, results, productivity, customer-centricity and team spirit revolves around creating great and inspiring leaders … and leadership teams. There’s a massive focus on leaders in all areas of business these days … and here’s a fact that’s not much talked about … LEADERS, … Continue reading

Things that are a complete “no no!” to successful leaders

Successful leadership is the product of several factors and probably one of the most important traits of great leaders is the standards they uphold.  That means building and maintaining good, positive actions, and drawing a firm and clear line at things that are unacceptable.  Whilst it’s about what they do it’s also about what they’ll never do … Continue reading