FranklinCovey Blog

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Individual Effectiveness

1st February 2024

- 12 min read

Navigating Difficult Conversations: 10 Common Mistakes Managers Should Avoid

Most of us struggle when we must respond to workplace drama. It’s not a naturally pleasant interaction. But it does not have to be acrimonious or unproductive.

Strategy Execution

10th January 2024

- 7 min read

Genius Strategies Fail Without These Four Disciplines

Successful strategic roadmaps need people to start thinking and behaving differently, which isn’t easy. Here’s how The 4 Disciplines of Execution makes it happen.

Culture

12th December 2023

- 7 min read

The 12 Days Of Christmas Leave: What You Gain From Making Your Employees Take a Break

Guilty of failing to take your full holiday entitlement? Take a stand for work/life balance and see how prioritising annual leave benefits business.

Culture

18th November 2023

- 5 min read

Trusted Communication Changes Everything

Trust is the currency of effective relationships, both personal and professional. It’s the invisible force that propels people and companies toward success.

Leadership | Strategy Execution

18th November 2023

- 4 min read

Here Are The 5 Keys To Superior Sales Leadership

Many new sales leaders will be thrust into a management role with little to no coaching or training.

Culture | Leadership | Strategy Execution

7th November 2023

- 6 min read

Trust: The Critical Driver of Agility

Trust is not just a desirable attribute in an agile organisation – it is a non-negotiable prerequisite. Here’s why.

Leadership | Sales

1st November 2023

- 4 min read

Sales Managers Can Have A More Predictable, Successful, Low-Stress Job By Doing This One Thing

Sales manager is a stressful job at many companies, but it becomes even tougher when the job focuses too much on “sales” and not enough on “manager.”

Sales

19th October 2023

- 4 min read

Biggest Selling Mistake? Overwhelming The Buyer. Here’s How To Keep It Simple.

Too many sellers foolishly focus on their memorized pitch at the expense of the buyer’s specific wants.

Culture | Employee Recognition | Leadership

12th October 2023

- 7 min read

Reinforce Your Culture: Four Ways to Cultivate Employee Recognition

With employees, you what you give. To future-proof your business success, learn four actionable ways to build a culture of recognition.

Leadership | Leadership Development

11th October 2023

- 10 min read

9 Reasons Why Your Organisation Needs Leadership Development

Employees who are flying under the radar right now may be the ones who become thriving leaders that drive the organisation forward. How are you going to unleash their potential?

Culture | Emotional Intelligence | Leadership

9th October 2023

- 10 min read

Your Guide to Building a Culture of Emotional Connection

A ‘stand-out organisational culture’ can feel elusive and inconclusive. Discover how you can practically and sensitively create a culture where people and ideas thrive.

Culture

30th September 2023

- 3 min read

We want to advance our DE&I initiatives but aren’t sure what steps to take next.

The #1 factor in making your DE&I initiatives effective is your leaders. It’s not simply training, processes, or procedures—that’s part of it, but leaders influence team success more than anything else.

5th September 2023

- 7 min read

To Improve Employee Engagement, Focus on Employee Development

Explore the inextricable link between employee development and employee engagement to uncover the leadership behaviours which retain talent.

Individual Effectiveness

5th July 2023

- 1 min read

What Being Stuck On the Tarmac Taught Me

Watch senior consultant Tim Threipland in a bitesize reflection on what it really means to control our reactions, embrace the present and turn a problem into something productive.

Culture | Leadership | Strategy Execution

24th June 2023

- 7 min read

Four Things That Impact Productivity More Than Hours Worked

Discover the critical factors that impact productivity beyond the number of hours worked and help your employees work smarter- and happier.

Culture | Leadership

22nd May 2023

- 4 min read

3 Ways Inclusive Leaders Bring Out the Best in Each Person

A key component of an inclusive organizational culture is belonging. But how exactly do leaders foster belonging within their teams? It starts by valuing one individual at a time.

Leadership

26th February 2023

- 6 min read

Business Needs Leaders Who Are Storytellers

Connect to a vision. Create meaning. Share the why. Business-speak for: tell a story. To foster buy-in and inspire action, adopt storytelling as a leadership competency.

Individual Effectiveness

24th February 2023

- 5 min read

Paradigms

Most people focus upon behaviour and upon attitude and both of those are of course very important, but far more fundamental than either behaviour or attitude, is a paradigm. 

Individual Effectiveness

21st February 2023

- 7 min read

Apprenticeships Are Vital, But Are They Delivering Their Full Potential?

Despite their popularity, there’s a sticking point preventing apprenticeships from fulfilling their potential. The solution starts with behaviour.

Leadership

3rd February 2023

- 1 min read

Who Rocked the Boat: A Conversation with Change Expert Curtis Bateman

Listen to FranklinCovey VP and Change Expert, Curtis Bateman as he dives into the roles of leadership in navigating through the predictable pattern- yes, there is one!- of change.

Leadership

26th January 2023

- 8 min read

Why Adaptability in Leadership Is Everything

Adaptability is key to effective leadership, but this means more than being resilient. Here’s why adaptability is everything.

Individual Effectiveness

11th January 2023

- 9 min read

Currents in the Stream

Stephen R. Covey shares how a “changeless core” helps us flow with the changes of an ever-shifting world without being at the mercy of them.

Culture | Leadership

6th January 2023

- 12 min read

Want to Tackle Top HR Priorities in 2023? Take a Look At Your Employees’ Wish Lists

Want to understand the greatest levers for driving retention and satisfaction? Look at the top HR priorities from the employee’s point of view.

Individual Effectiveness

3rd January 2023

- 3 min read

Breaking Deeply Embedded Habits

The best resolutions fall flat in the face of external forces without character and principles. Stephen R. Covey reveals why we build habits which easily break.

Individual Effectiveness

8th December 2022

- 5 min read

Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

Practicing gratitude doesn’t to trivialise hardships, but puts us in charge of them. Discover the power of incorporating gratitude into your lives as individuals and as leaders.

Leadership

7th December 2022

- 5 min read

Beyond Survival: How Persistence (Not Resilience) is Aligned with Success

Resilience. Have we lost sight of what it really means? Learn why it’s persistence which is critical to achieving success beyond mere survival.

Individual Effectiveness

29th November 2022

- 6 min read

Could Self-Interest Actually Be the Foundation for Greatness?

Are you operating with out-dated prejudices that aren’t relevant to the world we’re in today? Possibly. Rethink your biases around self-interest.

Leadership

10th November 2022

- 6 min read

The Language of Change

When change makes direction or destination less certain, language has to work a lot harder to keep people on track.

Culture | Leadership

8th November 2022

- 9 min read

Are My Remote Employees Actually Working?

Nothing is more damaging to remote workers than a lack of trust. Here’s how you keep your paranoia in check as a leader.

Individual Effectiveness

17th October 2022

- 1 min read

Roots Yield Fruits

Being principled is important, but it takes discipline in practice. Stephen R. Covey shares his personal struggle to stay ‘principle-centred’.

Individual Effectiveness | Leadership

30th September 2022

- 5 min read

Managing Stress Isn't Easy, But It Can Be Made Easier

We don’t live to work or work to live, we’re living at work. What does that mean for how we- as individuals and leaders- manage stress?

Culture

6th September 2022

- 9 min read

Disengagement in a ‘Quiet Quitting’ World: Why to Worry About It and How to Spot It

Finding ‘Quiet Quitting’ mystifying? Learn the early warning signs of disengagement and move employees from compliance to discretionary effort.

Individual Effectiveness

31st August 2022

- 3 min read

The Humility of Principles

Principles operate regardless of our awareness of them, or obedience to them. Stephen R. Covey explains why success is being principle-centred.

Culture | Leadership

24th June 2022

- 6 min read

Principles of Change for Upskilling Your Workforce

Upskilling means change for your organisation. Help your people choose growth and embrace collective behaviour change from the inside out.

Individual Effectiveness

13th June 2022

- 8 min read

How Learning to Be Assertive Helps Harness Our Personal Power

Assertiveness as a skill surged 250% in 2022, but it is still misunderstood. This blog illuminates the value of being more assertive at work.

Culture

20th May 2022

- 9 min read

Presenteeism in the Age of Hybrid Working

Do we know more about remote working in unprecedented circumstances than about hybrid working in more stable ones? Presenteeism says yes.

Culture | Leadership

10th May 2022

- 6 min read

Be Loyal to Those Absent

Being loyal to those who are absent is key to building a high-trust culture. Here Stephen R. Covey explores what that looks like in practice.

Individual Effectiveness

10th May 2022

- 2 min read

The Four Human Endowments

We have four unique human endowments: self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. How does that affect how we live?

Leadership | Leadership Development

29th April 2022

- 8 min read

10 Leadership Myths Vs Realities

Debunking 10 leadership myths, this blog challenges common assumptions to reveal the real skills your team need from you.

Individual Effectiveness

20th April 2022

- 2 min read

Recruit and Retain Talent

Talent is the new killer app, and you’re losing yours. Everyone is, because leaders are complacent. Not in their recruitment—but in their retention.

Culture

5th April 2022

- 8 min read

Empathy is Essential. Compassion is a Superpower

Today people won’t tolerate being treated like a hire to control, not a human to connect with. Learn why compassion is a leader’s superpower.

Leadership

21st March 2022

- 6 min read

How Leaders Become Multipliers

Want to increase results with the same resources? Learn how to be a Multiplier leader who multiplies the genius and capacity of their team.

Leadership

7th February 2022

- 3 min read

Examples of Servant Leaders

In this blog Stephen R. Covey shares examples of servant leaders who have inspired, motivated and unleashed him throughout his career.

Leadership

27th January 2022

- 7 min read

Are You Doing Enough to Help Your Team Manage Stress?

From combating toxic positivity and decision fatigue to fostering belonging, learn to authentically support your stressed team and prevent burnout.

Strategy Execution

24th January 2022

- 1 min read

3 Steps To Increase Ownership Of Goals

Are you a leader struggling to get your team to take ownership and accountability for their goals? Follow these three steps.

Culture

13th January 2022

- 6 min read

Foster a Growth Mindset Culture

Re and upskilling is the future, but are accidentally inhibiting your people from getting better? Cultivate a growth mindset that permeates your culture.

Leadership

5th January 2022

- 2 min read

The Most Undervalued Leadership Competency

Professional development is often focused on becoming more persuasive speakers and writers. Explore why listening is a vastly undervalued leadership competency.

Individual Effectiveness

13th December 2021

- 3 min read

Nurturing Our Unique Gifts

From nurturing self-awareness to developing creative imagination, here Stephen R. Covey shares how to develop the four things which make us human.

7th December 2021

- 1 min read

The Secret Strategy to Performing at Your Peak

Can you recall a ‘Peak Moment’ when you performed at your best? Challenge your thinking on what it takes to perform with excellence amidst adversity.

Leadership

3rd December 2021

- 7 min read

Is Insufficient Leadership Development Leading to Imposter Syndrome?

Don’t let your people fall prey to self-doubt. Learn the connection between insufficient leadership development and imposter syndrome.

Leadership | Strategy Execution

22nd November 2021

- 8 min read

How to Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity

Trying to turn uncertainty into opportunity? Discover proven strategies to engage employees, overcome discomfort and achieve results faster.

Leadership

11th November 2021

- 8 min read

Why True Success Happens When You Lead from the Sidelines

Being a remarkable leader requires going against high-performer instincts. Learn how leading from the side-lines increases your credibility.

Individual Effectiveness

3rd November 2021

- 8 min read

The Art of Apologising: How to Get it Right When You Get it Wrong

Apologies make or break relationships. Explore the impact of remote work, heightened emotions, and constant uncertainty on the art of apologising.

Culture | Leadership

25th October 2021

- 9 min read

The Great Resignation or The Great Leadership Wake-Up Call?

The Great Resignation was a wake-up call for leadership. Here’s how you turn an engagement crisis into a top employee experience and future-proof success.

Individual Effectiveness

20th October 2021

- 4 min read

Reconnecting to What We Value

What matters most to you? What would you like to do? Who would you like to be? Simple questions without easy answers. Reconnect to what you value.

Culture | Leadership

17th October 2021

- 3 min read

Thoughts on the Way Forward

The dynamic between what we know is possible and what is sustainable is delicate; and we all have opinions on what is best. Read the observations of an international leader and change expert.

Culture | Leadership

13th October 2021

- 6 min read

Why Leaders Need to Show the Way With Work-Life Balance

Discover the influence you have as a leader and why when it comes to fostering a positive, balanced work life, you must go first- for yours and others’ sake.

Leadership

11th October 2021

- 5 min read

The 13 Behaviours of High Trust

These 13 Behaviours are universal to high-trust leaders. Taken to the extreme however, these Behaviours do not build trust, they withdraw it.

Culture | Individual Effectiveness

7th October 2021

- 7 min read

How Are The Priorities of Learning and Development Evolving?

Gain valuable insights on upskilling and wellbeing, and explore how the role of people leaders has changed in a post-pandemic world.

Culture

6th October 2021

- 8 min read

Is Unconscious Bias a Hidden Adversary Within Your Business?

To be human is to be biased. Better understand the damaging impact of unconscious bias in business, and the practical strategies for addressing it head-on.

Leadership

5th October 2021

- 2 min read

6 Questions to Unlock a Coaching Mindset

Coaching is championed as a leadership competency. But, for it to truly become part of your daily actions, you must first address your mindset.

Individual Effectiveness

5th October 2021

- 4 min read

The 4 Cores of Credibility

Trust is a function of character and competence. You can quickly increase your credibility by adopting the four cores that are fundamental to it.

Leadership

4th October 2021

- 2 min read

6 Virtual Leadership Best Practices

A shortlist of virtual leadership practices to integrate into your morphing-by-the-hour leadership role and help your teams stay engaged.

Individual Effectiveness

1st October 2021

- 2 min read

Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw®

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw is the habit of self-renewal. When you sharpen the saw, you preserve and enhance the greatest asset you have – yourself.

Culture

29th September 2021

- 2 min read

8 Culture Building Questions That Every Leader and Team Member Must Answer

What’s the right first step to building a wining culture? Answer these 8 questions and then invite your team members to do the same.

Individual Effectiveness

28th September 2021

- 2 min read

Habit 6: Synergize®

Habit 6: Synergize is the true test and manifestation of all the other habits combined. Synergy means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Leadership

27th September 2021

- 6 min read

3 Things Every Leader Needs to Know About Trust- The #1 Leadership Competency

In an era when trust is hard to come by—and more important than ever- Stephen M.R Covey shares three fundamental truths about trust leaders must understand.

Individual Effectiveness

22nd September 2021

- 5 min read

6 Powerful Lessons From Stephen R. Covey and Hyrum Smith

Discover remarkable insights from productivity expert Hyrum Smith and Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Individual Effectiveness

21st September 2021

- 1 min read

Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood®

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood involves a shift in paradigm. We typically seek first to be understood. But most people listen to reply.

Strategy Execution

20th September 2021

- Less than a minute reading

Execute in Uncertainty and Complexity

Learn from the author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution, Chris McChesney, as he discusses what a leadership team needs to do to navigate unnecessary complexity.

Individual Effectiveness

14th September 2021

- 1 min read

Habit 4: Think Win-Win®

Habit 4: Think Win-Win is not a technique; it’s one of the six paradigms of human interaction. It’s also the one we should all strive for.

Leadership

13th September 2021

- 3 min read

10 Ways to Talk Like a Leader

Want your direct reports to be positive team players? Then think carefully about how you talk to send the message “we’re all in this together”.

Individual Effectiveness

8th September 2021

- 2 min read

Habit 3: Put First Things First®

Habit 3: Put First Things First is the exercise of independent will toward becoming principle-centred.

Individual Effectiveness

6th September 2021

- 1 min read

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind®

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind means knowing where you are going in order to better understand where you are now so that the steps you take on track.

Individual Effectiveness

2nd September 2021

- 2 min read

Take Stock of Your Emotional Bank Accounts

You probably pay attention to your financial bank accounts, but are you overdrawn, or even bankrupt, in any of your emotional bank accounts?

Individual Effectiveness

1st September 2021

- 1 min read

Habit 1: Be Proactive®

Habit 1: Be Proactive means more than taking initiative. It means we are responsible for our own lives. “Response-ability” is the ability to choose your response.

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