New jobs are emerging all the time, coaching is one of them. Leveraging coaching will drive an organisation to success.   Coaches occupy a very special role in an organisation. Coaches stand “outside” the working teams, the chains of command, information hierarchies and reporting lines; so they are…
One of the advantages of an Agile way of working is the fact that you can inspect and adapt and find the best tool or practice for the job. Unfortunately, though, when you are learning or looking for guidance, the myriad of frameworks and techniques can make the transformation to a new way of…
As many companies make the move towards a more agile approach to working in an attempt to reap the many benefits, it's important to remember that it is not a quick fix.  Announcements such as those by The Warehouse CEO, Nick Grayston, who said that “the company was adopting an agile working…
If our current COVID-riddled world has amplified anything, it is the importance of learning. Now more than ever, businesses and employees are learning to respond to increased digitalisation, changing markets and evolving customer needs. Our ability to learn and adapt to change has become the…
Last month The Warehouse Group announced that up to 1000 people could be losing their jobs because of a restructure that Chief Executive Officer, Nick Grayston says was accelerated by Covid-19.   Grayston told Checkpoint that the company was adopting an agile working structure to meet the demands of…
Here is the third instalment in our series on the three-stage approach that organisations can take to transform their agility journey. Stage one is all about setting up for success and stage two explains how to keep moving and learning. This article focuses on the third stage, identifying and…
In the midst of a global pandemic, the old adage that the only constant is change feels more apt than ever.  Those that are quick to adapt to change are more likely to survive, and even flourish. But how can we make change resilience and change readiness part of the DNA of business?    In days gone…
When COVID-19 hit, a health crisis was quickly followed by an economic challenge. Within weeks, New Zealand was in lockdown and life as we knew it was flipped on its head. CBD’s became ghost towns and remote working became commonplace.   Before COVID-19, working from home was often linked to…
The Better Work Project Podcast, hosted each month by SoftEd’s David Mantica and Andy Cooper explores the changing world of work and offers interviews and insights from thought leaders in the industry and loads of helpful advice. This month we’re joined by Jill Callinan and Michelle Broadbent as…
A working agreement or a social contract (team rules) is a team’s agreed way of working. A fundamental cornerstone for any high performing and high functioning teams in new ways of working.   It is an explicit way to call out how the team will interact with one another, enhancing the quality of the…
As the coronavirus pandemic forced many of us to stay home, we moved online, introducing a virtual delivery of a number of our course titles.  As part of our LiveOnline delivery, our courses are delivered live via Zoom. In the first couple of weeks of Covid-19 lockdowns, Zoom's user base grew…
In my last article I wrote about the first steps in moving to agility; Agility in three: Setting up for success. This article is the second in the series that picks up from where the first left off. The first stage is about laying the foundations for agility to viralise through your…


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