Notion Blog and News

Laura Ashley-Timms and other members of the team at Notion share their insights, thoughts, views and ideas with you about coaching, engagement, improving performance and creating dynamic cultures at work... as well as any great ideas they come across of best practise in the business world.. Enjoy!

How to Get Rid Of That Groundhog Day Feeling

How to Get Rid Of That Groundhog Day Feeling

‘What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?’ 

That sounds pretty awful, right? Yet in many ways that is what people are experiencing in organisations that rely too heavily on a command and control leadership model.

When the normal behaviour of a Manager is to dictate what will happen, what to do, where to go, who to work with, even what to think, there is a very real risk that people will develop a ‘learned helplessness’ that will significantly decrease engagement levels, performance and productivity.  

How to Develop Managers in the Age of the Job Hopper

How to Develop Managers in the Age of the Job Hopper

Job hopping was once perceived much more negatively by recruiters than it is in today’s employment market. Any applicant whose CV listed lots of jobs over a short period would probably set alarm bells ringing for potential employers. Frequent and short periods of employment would have led most recruiters to at least question how well the applicant was able to integrate into their previous companies, or how well they coped with their work, or how loyal they were. Indeed, back then, the prospect of hiring and developing a job hopper would have been considered a high-risk decision.
5 Ways To Offer Career Development That Millennials Really Value

5 Ways To Offer Career Development That Millennials Really Value

It’s hardly surprising that 90% of executives believe that learning and development is a top priority when a whopping 87% of Millennials are telling us that development is important to their job.

But, equipping people with the skills to do their current job is not enough. Millennials in today’s organisations are looking for career development too, so organisations must also be ready to prepare employees for their next job. Taking a longer term approach to talent management will be a prudent move for organisations, as according to the 2018 Workplace Learning Report, ‘94% of employees predict that they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development’.

University Of Exeter Set To Create STAR® Managers In An 'Out Of This World' Partnership With Notion

University Of Exeter Set To Create STAR® Managers In An 'Out Of This World' Partnership With Notion

Notion, a global expert in behaviour change, has partnered with the University of Exeter to support them in their unabated commitment to being a Great Place To Work. 50 academic and professional staff will join Notion’s revolutionary, 100% virtual, blended management development programme - STAR® Manager - from July 2018.

BT Use ‘Operational Coaching’ to Transform Business Partners into Trusted Advisors

BT Use ‘Operational Coaching’ to Transform Business Partners into Trusted Advisors

It has long been acknowledged by much of the business community that coaching is what sets exceptional organisations apart from the rest. Yet Notion started working with BT in the wake of a period of significant change and controversy for the telecommunications company. During this difficult period, the company had faced challenges that had left them a little battle worn but ready for change. Our challenge was to help BT restore their brand advocacy and improve employee confidence by helping them to modify the behaviours of their internal communications team.

Is Coaching an Indulgence?

Is Coaching an Indulgence?

It has long been acknowledged by much of the business community that coaching is what sets exceptional organisations apart from the rest. Yet when coaching initiatives fail to deliver desirable levels of performance many organisations withdraw investment, or simply allow their initiatives to fester. When this happens, then yes, coaching is indeed an indulgence.
 
So what can organisations do to make sure that coaching delivers show stopping levels of engagement, productivity and performance, rather than be seen as an indulgence?