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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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How to build your team for success – By Optimist Performance

How to build your team for success – By Optimist Performance

Are you having difficulties maintaining your team's culture as it grows? Is hiring and retaining employees increasingly challenging for you? Today’s market is more competitive than ever. Coupled with a cost of living crisis and a UK economic downturn which is already...

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The power of shared experiences – By Optimist Performance

The power of shared experiences – By Optimist Performance

“I wanted to become a doctor because I wanted to serve others…I’ve shared the lives of patients and staff members of the hospital, I've laughed with them, I’ve cried with them, this is what I want to do with my life.” - Patch Adams Movie When we look back on our...

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Poor managers are bad for your health – By Ollie Phillips

Poor managers are bad for your health – By Ollie Phillips

"Poor managers are bad for your health". This was just one of the findings from CIPD’s 2022 Health and wellbeing at work survey, which identified issues such as including heavy workloads and ‘management style’ as major causes of stress in the workplace. The CIPD’s...

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Who cares if leaders feel lonely? – by Optimist Performance

Who cares if leaders feel lonely? – by Optimist Performance

We talk a lot about how leaders need to make sure everyone in their team is happy and comfortable. We appreciate how important it is to create a culture that promotes well-being and performance, but while leaders take care of the people they lead, who is taking care...

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