Rubicon’s May Charity Draw – Poole Hospital Charity

Congratulations to the Poole Hospital charity, our winners for May’s draw, who received a cheque for £200 presented in our Great Chamber.

It was great to welcome Farah from Poole Hospital & Richard from Spherea last week.

Nominated by Spherea, the largest global provider of Operational Excellence software and information services, the funds raised by Poole Hospital Charity help to pay for additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the existing high quality care for patients at the Hospital.


How does our charity draw work?

Since December 2016 we’ve committed to holding a monthly draw to select a charitable cause who will receive a £200 donation from us. We’re inviting local employers and staff to submit the details of their chosen charities who will then be in with a chance of winning.

On the last Thursday of each month we’ll enter all the charity submissions into the prize draw. A winning charity will be drawn at random and a representative from that charity will be invited into our offices in Poole to receive the £200 donation from Rubicon.

Each month we’ll publish on our company blog the details of the draw and the charity benefiting from our donation, as well as the company that submitted the winning charity.

There’s no limit to the amount of applications we can process for each charity, the greater the number of requests you can generate, the higher the chances that your charity will be drawn and receive our monthly donation.

To enter a charity into the draw click here.

What we’ve learnt: Chris Croft’s Management Training – What’s your management style?

 

Rubicon Recruitment Group provides an enriching environment for our team to develop, learn and progress with frequent educational lunches, external training programs and access to ‘Lloyd’s Library’*.

Some of our Specialist Consultants and Management team are currently undertaking Chris Croft’s management training.  A development program over the course of six sessions, they will be coached on a variety of management scenarios and techniques.

We’ve collated some information on the techniques learnt from the sessions so far, including some ‘food for thought’ (pardon the pun – you’ll understand if you read on):

What management techniques have we learnt?

Potato of Performance

By praising your team for their successes and thanking them for the good work they do, the ‘Potato of Performance’ focuses on the encouragement of your team’s development, offering positive support rather than berating them for under-performance.

“For me, the ‘Potato of Performance’ is something which will always be in the back of my mind.  It’s a reminder to not just focus on the negatives within a team but to regularly congratulate, encourage and support individuals.”

Aimee Jones, Training Manager

When speaking to your team about their achievements, or lack of, be mindful of how you deliver negative feedback.  As Chris explains, if you ‘keep chipping away at the potato, they’ll be nothing left!’

Performance Improvement Sandwich

The ‘Performance Improvement Sandwich’ challenges the traditional approach (aka the ‘s**t sandwich’) where addressing your team’s weaknesses, between helpings of praise at the start and end of a meeting, is often the method. Instead, the ‘Performance Improvement Sandwich’ encourages you to begin with your team’s achievements and follow with an action plan for any needed areas of improvement.

“It’s been vastly beneficial to highlight my team’s successes at the start of a meeting and to then follow with suggestions of improvement, working together on a way forward.”

Luke Hickson, Specialist Consultant & Manager of EngIn Division 

Coaching the Yacht

To break down a task into manageable steps is called ‘Coaching the Yacht’.  By teaching and coaching individuals with a step-by-step process, they will eventually be confident to comfortably master tasks alone with minimal supervision i.e. they will be ready to ‘sail the yacht’.

Situational Leadership

‘Situational Leadership’ refers to a leader or manager adjusting their style to fit the development level of the team they are trying to influence. It is the Manager’s responsibility to change their leadership style, not for the employee to adapt their learning method.

“Having a better understanding of the approach to take for different tasks, and depending on where my team sit in the ‘Competent’ vs ‘Motivated’ boxes, I will improve how I work with, support and guide my team to get them to a stage where they feel ‘motivated and competent’ and stay there!”

Sam Johnson, Marketing Manager

The Johari Window

The ‘Johari Window’ theory is the process of analysing what you know about yourself, discovering what others think of you and then looking at where these areas overlap.   It focuses on the importance of self-awareness to ensure the collective personal development within a team.  Focusing on ‘soft skills’ such as behaviour, it is a tool developed to improve communication and team dynamic.

“What has stuck most in my mind and is proving to be the biggest chunk of ‘food for thought’ to digest is The Johari Window theory.  I have always believed that exposing weakness and being upset or showing stress is not a good thing, striving to appear professional at all times. I think I’ve realised I’ve covered up my emotional or sensitive side so that others have a strong perception of me. Learning that covering my emotions could actually lead to my team thinking I’m hiding something and therefore being secretive is not a reaction that would be helpful.   They may mistake my ‘facade’ as ulterior and in my opinion could mean the team is less forthcoming with any issues.   It’s reminded me that we’re all only human after all and ultimately people relate to people.”

Helen Prescott, Specialist Consultant & Manager of Commercial Division

Rubicon are currently practicing this theory during internal lunches with our MD Lloyd, we’re not sure yet if we’re intrigued or apprehensive for the results!

Chris Croft is a leading coach and trainer providing a variety of courses designed to involve, inspire and motivate people of all levels. We host his day seminars within our Great Chamber on a regular basis, to see which courses are coming up visit; http://www.rubiconpeople.co.uk/events/

*Our MD has a library of personal and professional development books in his office, all available to the Rubicon team.

 

Rubicon’s April Charity Draw – 4Com Foundation

Congratulations to the 4Com Foundation, our charity draw winner for April who are due to receive a cheque for £200, presented in our Great Chamber.

Established in 2014 the 4Com Foundation organises various fundraising and other charitable activities. In recent years they have raised over £100,000 by doing various challenges, such as the 40 Mile Lyke Wake Walk, The Welsh 3 Peaks and most recently, Tough Mudder.


How does our charity draw work?

Since December 2016 we’ve committed to holding a monthly draw to select a charitable cause who will receive a £200 donation from us. We’re inviting local employers and staff to submit the details of their chosen charities who will then be in with a chance of winning.

On the last Thursday of each month we’ll enter all the charity submissions into the prize draw. A winning charity will be drawn at random and a representative from that charity will be invited into our offices in Poole to receive the £200 donation from Rubicon.

Each month we’ll publish on our company blog the details of the draw and the charity benefiting from our donation, as well as the company that submitted the winning charity.

There’s no limit to the amount of applications we can process for each charity, the greater the number of requests you can generate, the higher the chances that your charity will be drawn and receive our monthly donation.

To enter a charity into the draw click here.

Pondering Progress over Pizza – Open Sauce Roundtable

Back in February, the Open Sauce team and sponsors Rubicon Recruitment, Steele Raymond Solicitors and PKF Francis Clark met with local business minds to ponder over the impact of Artificial Intelligence on ‘The Future’.

Triggered by Chris Thorpe’s discussion on how AI (Artificial Intelligence) & Robots will impact the world of work, the discussion focused on what other changes the age of AI could bring to our daily lives. The conversation explored potential advancements in AI, and acknowledged our own industry experiences involving emerging technology. Read more

Rubicon’s Charity Initiative – What’s the idea?

There has never been more fundraising activity for charities than now and whilst this is undoubtedly a good thing for certain higher profile and well-funded charities, it’s perhaps becoming a little wearisome for those of us repeatedly and frequently targeted to contribute.

At Rubicon Recruitment Group, the Poole High Street located recruitment consultancy celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, their alternative approach to charitable fundraising manages to combine quirkiness with fairness whilst providing a very generous and interactive process that doesn’t rely on raising money from the general public or other businesses. Read more

Your Rights

Hopefully you leave your company on amicable and ideally positive terms, but how do you know when you have an employment contract that is unreasonable or you risk losing your new job because of fears of bad references?  

The information below serves as a guideline only to your rights once you have resigned.  If you have an irreconcilable dispute, please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau, an HR professional or a Solicitor for further advice. Read more

Handing in your notice

Congratulations on being offered your new position, now comes the often daunting task of handing in your notice.

Sometimes this stage of resigning can be more nerve-racking than the interview itself, especially if you’ve been with your present company for a long time. Read more

Rubicon’s February Charity Draw – Together for Short Lives

For February’s winner of our charity draw, we have decided to sponsor the Hall & Woodhouse Beer Festival which raises money for their chosen charity, Together for Short Lives.

The 2017 Beer Festival, held on Saturday 24th June will generate funds providing support to the families of children who are effected by conditions that are expected to shorten their lives. It also supports the professionals who help take care of them during these difficult times. Read more