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Is your headcount approaching 100 staff? | Issue #240

Headcount approaching 100 staff? Ask yourself these seven crucial questions.

You’re a CEO on a mission. Over recent years, you’ve scaled your business with a sound strategy and talented people. But cracks are starting to show. Systems that you’ve relied on have started to break. People have stopped putting their cups in the dishwasher. Accountability and profitability are dropping. As your headcount approaches 100 staff, you’ve hit an inflexion point. 

People often ask me what we do. My reply often surprises them. Pattern-matching. That’s it. We’ve coached clients in different-sized businesses for the last eight years, all growing fast. And they all hit the same challenges. But growth isn’t linear. It’s exponential. And, if you’re not ready for them, the challenges come thick and fast. 

So if you’re heading for 100 staff, here are some essential questions you need to ask.

E245 | How to Thrive as a Smart and Creative Individual with Eric Maisel

This week on The Melting Pot, we learned from Eric Maisel, creativity coach and trainer of creativity coaches. He writes the ‘Rethinking The Mental Health’ blog for Psychology Today, which has more than three million views, and he’s the lead editor for the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry series. Eric is also the author of more than 50 books covering the areas of creativity, life, purpose, meaning, and mental health.

In this episode, Eric talks about one of his books, Redesign Your Mind, and cognitive therapy and how it works on your thoughts. In his book, Eric proposes a methodology for changing your thoughts or replacing them with something else. He also about entrepreneurs and how he coaches them, as well as artists, who he thinks share many things but are also very different. He shares some tips about how to get in flow, his thoughts about burnout and how to live a better life and lower your anxiety.

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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale — the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history — Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.

How to boost productivity and slash turnover: Tips from three ‘chief happiness officers’

“Spoiler alert: The secret to a happy workplace is not free food or gym memberships.” Top tips to create a happy workplace, including from 4-day week pioneer Henry Stewart.

The Power of Pre-Approval: How Trust and Freedom can Drive Innovation

Do you have managers who ask their employees to come up with solutions to problems or new ways of working, and then require approval at the end? If so, here’s an alternative approach: the idea of pre—approval. It’s a way of approving things before finding a solution.

Upskilling: The key to success in the new world of work.

Faced with multiple transformational changes — the impact of automation on job roles, remote and hybrid working conditions, and increasing labor shortages, to name a few — the question on top of many L&D leaders’ minds is: what can we do to help our organization not only survive, but thrive?

Quote of the week

“By questioning all the aspects of our business, we continuously inject improvement and innovation into our culture.”

Michael Dell

Have you read my latest book yet?

Here’s how I start off ‘Chapter 1: Finding, Building, and Motivating a Successful Sales Team’:

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