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The little Purple Book of feedback

Giving and receiving feedback at work. For many, the thought of it ranges from mild discomfort to sleepless nights and cold sweats. Studies show that 44% of managers admit to finding giving feedback stressful. Our guide will give you all the tips, tricks and pointers you need to master this vital skill - improving both personal and team performance as well as having a positive impact on mental health and well-being.... Fill out the details below to access the Little Purple book of feedback Want to find out more about us? Click here to learn more about how we help [...]

2019-03-18T16:21:18+00:00 March 18th, 2019|

Toxic bosses – how to consign workplace bullying to the last century (a three minute read)

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley Ever since I wrote this viewpoint about a grad’s experience of an organisation’s misguided recruitment process, I’ve been hearing from other young people starting out in the world of work. Whilst there are many excellent employers out there, some of these stories make for uncomfortable reading. Purple Cubed is all about sharing great practice and it would just be too negative to write about them all. However, I do feel compelled to write a piece about workplace bullying and to share with you the worst example I’ve heard so far (are you [...]

2019-03-18T16:26:06+00:00 March 6th, 2019|

This Valentine’s Day create an environment where it’s possible to ‘love what you do’ (a five minute read)

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley The origins of Valentine’s Day are somewhat murky, from martyred priests and blood-soaked fertility rituals, to tales of an imprisoned Saint Valentine falling in love with his jailer’s daughter. Beloved of florists, card manufacturers and restaurateurs, today it’s a very popular opportunity to celebrate love. Love can mean many things; mutual respect, understanding and tolerance, kindness, compassion and transparency, personal attachment, excitement, the drive to spend time and achieve things together… This resonates with employee engagement, if you think about it. As lines blur between home and work, ‘loving what you [...]

2019-03-06T13:04:52+00:00 February 13th, 2019|

A geek-free guide to AI for business leaders (a three minute read)

By Jane Sunley business author and founder, Purple Cubed Artificial Intelligence (AI) has existed conceptually since the 1950s, when the brilliant computer scientist Alan Turin predicted that by the year 2000, computers would be able to pass as humans in an online conversation. However, it’s only relatively recently become relevant and reliable enough to be adopted seriously by businesses. Before people start panicking that robots are taking their jobs, over-taking their intelligence or threatening to bring about end of the world, it’s important to know what we’re dealing with here. In simple terms, there are three categories of AI: Narrow [...]

2019-02-15T11:12:16+00:00 February 11th, 2019|

10 Purple Predictions for 2019

From recruitment tips to ensuring leaders have the tools and understanding they need to build trust with your people. Here are our 10 Purple people predictions for 2019 (and what to do about them)

2019-02-11T16:56:36+00:00 December 6th, 2018|

Change series blog (7): Clarity fuels businesses – kicking off a successful approach

Clarity has always been a business imperative; perhaps, never more so than in these times of great challenge, rapidity and change. The ability to simplify the complex is an essential skill for leaders at all levels – for organisation, team and individual. Yet so many businesses suffer from ambiguity, leading to employee disengagement, customer dissatisfaction, inefficiency, lack of innovation and inability to adapt, all of which are potentially detrimental to the bottom line. Making things simple is tough; yet it’s something that deserves thought, effort and, probably, a change of approach. It starts at the top: People need to have [...]

2019-03-06T13:27:33+00:00 November 9th, 2018|

Transactional vs Transformational HR

Transactional or transformational? What role does HR play in your organisation? And is the approach delivering the necessary business results? These questions are all the more thought-provoking taking into account ever evolving business needs, and challenges, such as advanced technology, globalisation and more informed customers who have greater demands than ever before. In today’s climate it is largely recognised that to deliver a people strategy which meets the needs of today’s VUCA world, organisational plans and approaches need to be agile, forward thinking and joined up. This requires a HR team, supported by the wider business, that is clear on [...]

2019-03-18T16:53:55+00:00 November 9th, 2018|

How to unleash the power of an engaged workforce

Many hospitality businesses are worrying about candidate shortages, labour turnover and how they're going to fuel profitability and growth with such a shortfall of people. We know (and this is backed up by Forbes and numerous others) that “high levels of employee engagement drive improved customer satisfaction, which impacts bottom line profits. The effectiveness of an individual leader is a key factor influencing engagement and this also impacts retention of talented employees, discretionary effort in the organisation and organisational profitability.” There is also compelling evidence of a clear correlation between manager effectiveness and engagement level. This, in turn, impacts the [...]

2018-10-16T16:48:27+00:00 October 16th, 2018|

Purple Breakfast Club – Summary of Outcomes

On 3rd October, at an exclusive event for the C-Suite, business owners and investors within the hospitality space, an exclusive audience of 30 of hospitality’s ‘great and good’ gathered to debate:   PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST - YOUR BEST BUSINESS MOVE   Richard Branson’s been saying it for years, Luke Johnson wrote about it in The Times. So why isn’t every board putting people at the top of the agenda?   PANEL: TIM KIDD, MD, Kantar Worldpanel, Europe and US - placed 5th in The Glassdoor Top 50 most people-centric CEOs (ahead of Mark Zuckerberg, Rob Papps, Tim Cook) KIERAN LAWTON, [...]

2018-10-10T11:15:40+00:00 October 10th, 2018|

PURPLE Magazine: SPECIAL ANALYTICS MINI-EDITION

To have any hope of meaningfully putting people at the top of the agenda, the board needs access to the right metrics. This was debated at October's CEOs, Owners and Investors Purple Breakfast Club. Download below

2018-10-03T17:26:49+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|