March 26, 2013

Staffline Group PLC Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Some new feedback:

Marc, thank you very much for your presentation on Friday afternoon to our 500 managers. Everyone very much enjoyed your presentation, it was very much in line with our conference message, it was lively, engaging and gave us plenty to think about in a way which felt like we were being entertained – rather than lectured. Thank you once again!”

Diane Martyn Group Managing Director, Staffline Group PLC


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March 19, 2013

Busy Bees Ltd Feedback!

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Some new feedback:

 

 

 

“We’ve had so much great feedback following Marc’s presentation. Our 200 managers loved him, just the right level of humour and thought provoking content, perfect. He kept our audience rapt , he was “quite funny” (you had to be there!) inspirational and thought provoking. Our Managers left the room inspired and motivated after a jolly good giggle. We would highly recommend.”

Cheryl Creaser – Divisional Director, Busy Bees Ltd.

 

“Thank you so much for your talk it was a great way to end the day. I just wanted to let you know that I have received some lovely feedback from the managers on their evaluation forms – everyone so far has stated your slot as their most enjoyable part of the day – some of the words used to describe your talk were ‘funny, inspirational and motivating’.  I really appreciate that you took time to arrive early and listen to some of the other speakers at the conference and how you tied this in to your speech.”

Karen D’Aguilar – Head of Sales & Marketing, Busy Bees Ltd.



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March 17, 2013

Just Because It Sounds Simple, Doesn’t Mean It’s Easy.

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival 21 nights. He won the bet!

It’s Sunday, March 17 9:47 AM otherwise known as St Patrick’s Day. The day where my proud people celebrate their national saint, their country and losing to the Italians, by dyeing our drinking water green, dancing maniacally while keeping our arms completely rigid and getting plastered.

So before I get dressed in green from head to toe, and enjoy my breakfast of sausage, egg and 2 pints of Guinness and then suffer from a three day migraine (definitely not a hangover) I wanted to talk to you about Sophistication Bias.

In his book “The Advantage” Patrick Lencioni highlights that many well educated managers and leaders believe that real improvement can only come from complex, sophisticated management theories. They tend to discount ideas if they appear too simple. This phenomenon is known as Sophistication Bias.

From my 10 years experience as a business speaker I’ve found that neither complex management theory nor the intelligence of the management board is the deciding factor in whether an idea works. Instead it comes down to courage, discipline and persistence.

This applies in business and personal life. We all look for the next fad diet or next breakthrough in exercise, but the reality is quite simple to get fitter or lose weight it’s simply a case of eat healthier and move more than you sit. It requires persistence and discipline. If anything the more complex an idea is, the harder it is to follow or achieve.

Look at performance management. Each year you have a bureaucratic system of record keeping and documentation to protect managers from lawsuits and unfair dismissal claims, rather than focusing on motivating and improving performance of employees. In fact, if we are honest, how many of us have a team of people that we hate doing annual performance management for because it takes up so many hours of our time requires so much documentation and doesn’t actually result in any fruitful results. As managers we often find the process mostly adversarial, fraught with nervous negotiation rather than clear communication.

What if we cut down the required paperwork to a page, but undertook regular performance management, provided employees with clarity about what was expected of them, delivered regular and specific feedback? This wouldn’t be a sophisticated solution, it just requires persistence and discipline.

Right I’m off to the pub to celebrate my favourite saint. Probably best if you call my assistant Alyson over the next few days as I can feel a migraine coming on…


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