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How to align organisational and personal values

Posted by Tracy Powley 20/10/21

ValuesIt is World Values Day and we look at the pitfall that many organisations are falling into - having a set of values that do not match those of their employees... and what to do to ensure the two are aligned...

The rise of “tattleware” is at odds with good management - we need to redress the balance

Posted by Tracy Powley 21/09/21

SpyingWe take a look at why the huge increase in organisations using tattleware - surveillance methods to track employee activity - should be concerning and why it should never be a substitute for good people management...

Focal Point is awarded first Institute of Leadership and Management approved programme

Posted by Dani Duric 29/07/21

TILMFocal Point is awarded first Institute of Leadership and Management approved programme. We are delighted that we have met the high standards laid out by the Institute to gain approval and are excited about being able to offer leadership programmes that have the Institute’s “kite mark” of quality.

Supporting our peoples’ wellbeing as we come out of lockdown

Posted by Tracy Powley 10/05/21

mental healthA recent YouGov poll shows that 44% of workers say that their mental health is worse than it was last spring. So how do we ensure our managers are confident to handle conversations around mental health and wellbeing as restrictions ease?    


Working with Northampton Partnership Homes

Posted by Kate Ridley 10/03/21

NPHThe recent headlines about the backlash against unconscious bias training have not been helpful in advancing the creation of diverse and inclusive workplaces. Taking a joined up approach to creating a respectful inclusive environment is what is needed… just as our client Northampton Partnership Homes have done…. 

Peer support networks - a lifeline for employees in our third lockdown

Posted by Tracy Powley 10/01/21

virtual meetingBurnout must now account for one of the biggest risks within organisations. It is vital there is support for everyone.

However, if you are already implementing regular virtual one to ones, have created a range of social activities on MS Teams or Zoom, engaged people in projects or volunteering beyond their usual remit, where do you go next?

Wellbeing in lockdown - giving something back

Posted by Tracy Powley 16/11/20

Volunteering handsWith remote working creating a sense of isolation for many and the pandemic fuelling uncertainty and ongoing change, supporting your employees to come together in or with a community to find purpose and create a positive impact beyond their roles, could bring real benefit to all involved.   

The Right to Lead and Manage in Difficult Times

Posted by Tracy Powley 26/10/20

Actions imageAmong the many challenges that our Covid world has presented to managers, is the ability to balance being an empathetic leader with having a conversation about performance, when needed. We look at some tips to help....


Inappropriate behaviour amplified in lockdown

Posted by Tracy Powley 15/09/20

lady at deskSo much has been written about how well teams have adapted and how collaboration is thriving since the pandemic, we would be forgiven for thinking that workplaces have suddenly rid themselves of any inappropriate behaviour.

But research out in the last few weeks tells a very different story….

Leading Remotely - register for our free webinar series

Posted by Tracy Powley 14/07/20

COVIDAs remote and home working looks set to become a permanent feature of the work landscape for many, organisations will need to support their leaders to manage remotely as a core part of what they do – not just as an emergency interim measure. Our free webinars will show you how…