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Build your skills in this leadership blog with regular insights from Ollie Phillips and the Optimist Performance team. Learn about Ollie’s dual passions of rugby and adventuring, and how they relate to a corporate director role with PwC, coaching and motivational speaking to teams. Plus you will find loads of useful growth tips, success stories, podcast links, videos and more to help you build your own leadership and teamwork skills.

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LOOKING FOR BETTER OUTCOMES? LOOK AROUND YOU…

LOOKING FOR BETTER OUTCOMES? LOOK AROUND YOU…

What are you doing to improve your outcomes? There are many things we can focus on to get better results. Previously, we talked about how focusing on our strengths helps us perform better. But do our relationships have an impact on our outcomes too?  Studies show that...

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Focus On Strengths To Drive Performance – By Ollie Phillips

Focus On Strengths To Drive Performance – By Ollie Phillips

Do you know what your strengths are? What about the people in your team? Are you aware of how playing to our strengths influences your performance? Although many studies have shown the benefits of focusing on people’s strengths, we still live in a ‘weaknesses focused’...

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Time To Humanise The Workplace And Be More People-Oriented

Time To Humanise The Workplace And Be More People-Oriented

Covid has prompted our most human side to shine. People have supported their communities through volunteer work, and companies have shown empathy and compassion. Will this shift the needle towards a more people-oriented workplace? This last year, the distinction...

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Focus on employee loyalty – By Optimist Performance

Focus on employee loyalty – By Optimist Performance

Do you wish your team would act in the company’s best interest? Then you need to earn your employee’s trust and loyalty.  We previously talked about employee engagement, and we spoke of the most significant components that affect their engagement. But aiming for...

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Optimise the power of your thoughts – By Ollie Phillips

Optimise the power of your thoughts – By Ollie Phillips

How much attention do you pay to your thoughts? Are you aware of the impact your thoughts have on your emotions and behaviours? At Optimist Performance, we believe in the notion: that thoughts influence feelings, and feelings affect our behaviours. We term this the...

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Do You Work In A Dysfunctional Team? – By Jeff Wellstead

Do You Work In A Dysfunctional Team? – By Jeff Wellstead

Written by Jeff Wellstead, Founder & CEO of Big Bear Partners, Ltd. When one of my peers bought Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, for me, my first thought wasn’t a positive one.  I immediately thought: “Gee, thanks…What I always wanted, a...

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