30 December 2016
As we enter a shiny New Year full of excitement, promise, potential and, let’s face it squarely, a large dollop of uncertainty, the ability to ‘reverse ferret’ is not a bad skill to carry across into wider industry.
10 October 2016
It strikes me that ‘diversity’ is turning into an industry of its own with all the hall-marks of those self-publicising self-help gurus who promise to change your life. But how much of it is smoke and mirrors?
01 September 2016
Firms are still hiring. Business is still brisk. Did the world come to an end? No. Have things slowed down? No. But did something change fundamentally? Yes, absolutely. And the biggest challenge is leadership.
Just as in the aftermath of the recession a decade go, firms needed a new type of leader to get them through it. The skills needed to navigate the challenges ahead are different. One might even draw contrasting parallels with Winston Churchill’s heroic wartime leadership of the nation and, following his initial landslide defeat in the 1945 election, his patchier post-war peacetime tenure in Downing Street. The skills needed are not the same.
22 July 2016
High flying careers that looked set to shoot to the stars are suddenly shot out of the sky and plummet back down to Earth in flames. Those once contemplating promotion are instead reconsidering their futures.
14 June 2016
Are you counting the days and hours to the weekend to recharge your batteries, reintroduce yourself to the family, or enjoy a spell of ‘chillaxing’? Don’t feel too guilty, you’ve probably earned it.
But equally you may be unaware that while you are rightly winding down for that well earned weekend break, many executives in the automotive industry are quietly and surreptitiously gearing up for potentially the most arduous part of their own week.
13 January 2016
I hope the industry’s leaders are self-aware enough to recognise that they have the single most important part to play in creating cultures where we can be honest about mistakes, manage them and learn from them. Only they can set the tone for that.
27 October 2015
All conflict is emotionally draining…it affects your wellbeing and your personal life, often quite seriously. More often than not, employer/employee disputes shouldn’t have happened and need not have. Of course there will always be times when “things are simply impossible”. But by and large, adopting and maintaining the right behaviours from the outset can mitigate this enormously.
17 August 2015
For this blog, we have spoken to Automotive Marketing Consultant Al Clarke, who has worked with Ferrari, The SMMT and the APC in his time within the automotive sector. We asked him to summarise the year to date in the industry, based on what he has seen.
24 June 2015
When nearly everyone you speak to says they treat others as they wish to be treated, and a significant number of people you speak to say that they’re not happy with how they’re being treated, what is going on?
The reasons for this are doubtless complex and numerous. In this article, I have suggested a few - as well as some solutions - and discuss the importance of emotional, as well as intellectual, qualities in leaders.
07 May 2015
If companies don’t engender loyalty within their own people, how can they expect their people to engender loyalty in customers? And isn’t customer loyalty something the automotive industry really needs?