SMART TO SHARE, AND EVEN SMARTER TO LISTEN.
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: To encourage sharing seedling ideas for others to improve on
Who’s it for: The HiPPO "highest paid person's opinion" in your organisation

“With all the movies we work on; eventually the film tells you what it needs to be and if you’re smart enough to listen to that, it leads you to a different direction than perhaps...

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Delegate Outcomes, Not Tasks
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Effective delegation.
Who’s it for: Those with a tendency to do themselves.

Do you consider yourself “a doer”? I know I do.
For those of us who are used to being the person doing the work, we find delegation tricky if not painful.
The tendency can be to either take on work myself or dive into the...

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A Product, not a Family
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Business owners, leaders and managers.
What’s it for: Adopting a continual improvement mindset.

"The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families."
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work. By Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
As previously shared we were inspired by “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work’, and we...

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Disagree-and-commit
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone leading a team.
What’s it for: To improve team performance.

“I disagree and commit all the time. We recently greenlit a particular Amazon Studios original. I told the team my view: debatable whether it would be interesting enough, complicated to produce, the business terms aren’t that good, and we have lots of other opportunities. They had...

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The Competition Has More of Everything Than You
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: The underdogs, the challengers everywhere.
What’s it for: To help bring perspective and spot opportunity.

The competition has more of everything than you; More staff. More history. More sales. More distribution. More infrastructure. More contacts. More marketing and more money. They have more followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, so how can you succeed?
‘We have...

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The Food of a Leader, is story
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in creating a high performance culture.
What’s it for: Understanding the components of a high performance team.

3yrs to the day, on a long-haul flight to South Africa, I read one of the most influential books in my professional career; that book was Legacy By James Kerr: and it is the reddest inked and dog-eared...

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The Voice inside your head, yeah that one
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Parents and those who lead others.
What’s it for: Highlighting the power of personal narratives.

Why has it taken for me to be 43yrs old before I realised narratives set your ambition, your drive and your focus. And that you & only you are accountable for this narrative?
The World's Worst Boss: Seth Godin
You are what...

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Alive at Work
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Leaders who wish to help others love what they do.
What’s it for: Activating the seeking systems to maximise contribution to the success of a business.

For some time now, we’ve been looking for some scientific or academic validation to support People Activation. We even considered commissioning our own study; however, this newly released book does the...

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The Most Powerful Leadership Question To Ask
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Sharing the most potent leadership question.
Who’s it for: Any one who leads others.

It’s not often I find a TV drama a lesson in leadership, staff engagement and internal communication; however, I believe Amazon Prime’s ‘New Amsterdam’ is precisely that. I was a huge fan of ER, so I was excited to be recommended ‘New Amsterdam’....

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A QUESTION OF PURPOSE
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: People who don’t have a ‘Why’ or feel they lack a sense of purpose.
What’s it for: Clarifying how simple purpose can be

“It may sound surprising, but the feeling of purpose doesn’t only come from curing diseases and improving the world. The feeling of purpose also ignites when we can see the cause and effect between...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FRAMING - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Decision makers.
What’s it for: To help teams and businesses ensure decisions lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.

“Good decisions don’t always lead to good outcomes, they merely lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.”
Seth Godin, The AltMBA
As stated in my previous blog (It’s time to stop celebrating...

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Developing Empathy Through Storytelling
By: Joe Gilliver

What's it for: galvanising teams and developing empathy.
Who's it for: teams looking to connect.

Creating Empathy Through Storytelling
Building empathy between a team, getting them to connect and trust each other, isn't always an easy task. Especially when it’s a new team. It requires the group to open up and display they are willing to talk to each other,...

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THE INFLUENCE OF WORLDVIEWS - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in understanding how organisations change.
What’s it for: Helping make organisational change happen.

The concept of a ‘worldview’ is not a term I’d heard of or considered until recently however, it is a powerful lens to help empathise with your target audience when trying to make organisational change happen. Since learning about this concept, I...

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THE POWER OF REFLECTIVE SCRIPTS
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in having more productive meetings.
What’s it for: Helping generate better outcomes from meetings.

In my previous blog post 'It's time to stop celebrating crazy at work' I shared the outcomes of our recent book review project which explored what we can all do to ensure the workplace is calm, productive and fulfilling for everyone....

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People Making Better People
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

Who’s it for: People who believe it is people who help make better people
What’s it for: To inspire more people to make an impact on others

PEOPLE MAKING BETTER PEOPLE
Our passion is inspiring people to get hands on with positive change.
We see a lot of great stuff and are always on the lookout for new inspiration that...

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It’s time to stop celebrating crazy at work
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: To share our insights on a business-related hot topic
Who’s it for: Anyone who wishes to improve productivity & fulfilment in the workplace.

“Working to breaking point with long hours, excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honour for many people these days when it should be a mark of stupidity. This...

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The performance will only be as good as the rehearsal
By: Chris Teague

These words are probably familiar to many of us and as the conference season is well and truly upon us I thought it would be useful to remind the many leaders who will be standing in front of their teams/businesses of the fact that the performance will only be as good as the rehearsal.
We’ve all seen fantastic presenters and...

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Don’t launch a strategy. Create a movement.
By: Abi Humayun

The power of communication for a winning strategy.
You have spent months, if not longer, creating a strategy. One that you believe will ensure your business is successful. But for your strategy to be truly successful, you need to ensure you transform it into more than just words on a piece of paper. The best way to do this is...

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Make employees hungry to deliver on your purpose: Our People Activation guide
By: Abi Humayun

We all know by now that having a purpose is good for your business. In the words of Simon Sinek, “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”. This means that companies that have a powerful purpose perform better than companies that don’t.
Having a clarity of purpose and an emotional connection to it is proven...

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2018 – The Year of Employee Experience
By: Joe & Pippa

2018 is turning out to be an exciting year already! Firstly, it’s Year of the Dog (which obviously, we’re on board with) and now Forbes have labelled 2018 as the ‘Year of the Employee Experience’. As we well know, employees are key to a company’s success and increasingly, companies are now starting to focus on their employees as much as...

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Reaching The Unreachables
By: Natalie English


Working at Rapport, we find ourselves faced each day with new challenges and opportunities that really grab our attention and spark something within each of us; with some of our most recent activations resonating so deeply amongst the agency that they have kick started our latest team journey, of Reaching The Unreachables.
This journey is our most recent path of...

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Don't Just Communicate, Activate.
By: Chris Teague

Activity Based Activations
We’ve all read the Benjamin Franklin quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” We can all relate to this yet when it comes to business meetings and conferences/events; the old didactic approach [perceived expert on stage offloading information on a passive audience] presides over people/audiences exploring and...

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So, what is 'People Activation'?
By: Abi Humayun

At it’s simplest; People Activation is what happens when people are inspired to take action in order to create a positive change.
We are all familiar with the phrase ‘employee engagement’, indeed it’s the benchmark for a happy and productive team. However, is it enough these days to simply say that you have people who are engaged? Whilst there is...

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Legacy
By: Chris Teague

Better People Make Better All Blacks
Our culture is our USP and our number one priority – as we grow we want to maintain this and embed it as the way we do business: we lead rather than follow, we strive to be better than before and we respect one another.
So with this in mind several of us have...

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The Ebb & Flow of Feedback
By: Marc Woods

We spoke to Paralympic Gold medallist and cancer survivor, Marc Woods, about the role that feedback has played in his life and his achievements. Marc is an author and motivational speaker and we think you'll be really interested in how his own practices and beliefs can be adopted in the workplace.
I was once discussing the merits of feedback with...

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Enduring success
By: Andy Cave

Elite climber Andy Cave’s story of overcoming adversity and rising above expectations has inspired audiences the world over. His recent talk on mountaineering drew many powerful parallels with business.
Andy’s story began 3000 feet underground in the Yorkshire coalmines. After four years as a miner, he quit his job and pursued his passion for climbing. From the Himalayas to the...

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