Are you ready to experience our tried and tested training materials? Getting there: The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is located on Golden Lane, which is very close to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There are a couple of one way systems in place around that area, so you might want to check the map below. For those […]

thrive Consulting meets Humans of Dublin!

“It’s not about the buildings or the streets .. it’s really the way people are thinking inside the city that makes the city” With almost 80,000 followers on his Facebook page, Peter Varga is making a large-scale positive impact on the world. I met him a couple of months ago and I loved his attitude, so we […]

Performance Reviews: One size fits none

Your performance management processes are not fit for purpose: employees don’t want them, managers don’t value them and they’re not making any meaningful difference to your organisation.  At least, that’s what the media has been telling us lately. But is it true? And if it IS true, then what should you do about it?   […]

Feedforward: Your questions answered

– by Ann Flaherty Performance management is a hot topic for many organisations and at the heart of all current approaches to managing performance is feedback. As we mentioned in our previous posting, the problem with continuing to use this approach is that feedback (in the way that it has traditionally, often ineffectively, been given) has […]

7 truths about success and happiness from my almost-10-year-old.

The Story Last weekend, it snowed here in Dublin. Not enough to make all the kids in the area drop their X-Box controllers and race outside, but certainly enough to make them walk to their windows and watch for a while, as the snow flurry got heavier and left a temporary (and thin!) white covering […]

If feedback is not making things better, maybe it’s time to try feedforward?

– By Ann Flaherty Happier workers are more productive.  We know that intuitively.  A recent study from the University of Warwick provides evidence that they are up to 12% more productive.  Other research has shown that happier workers have lower levels of absenteeism.  We would expect that too.  Significantly, they are more committed, staying longer […]

What I learned from Mark Zuckerberg about making resolutions (and why I’ve waited until February to make mine).

– by Damian Killen According to research, the 8th January is the day that most people who commit to a diet on New Year’s Eve, are likely to give up.  Just over a week and most of us have thrown in the towel (or in this case the napkin!).  I wonder why? For the book […]

10 things the Ice Bucket Challenge teaches us about managing workplace change.

In America, it has reportedly raised over $100million for ALS charities, and in Ireland alone, it’s estimated to have reached over €1.4million for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.  Maybe you took part and/or donated to the cause, but one thing is for sure – you’re DEFINITELY aware of it. There aren’t many things that […]

Why Engagement Alone Is Not Enough

In the first post of this series, I shared with you our thoughts on what employee engagement is and isn’t. Put simply, it’s the level of motivation and commitment present in a workforce. After that, I pointed out why most companies fall short with their efforts to increase this all-important measure: they focus on commercial […]

In 3 Words: Why Organisations Fall Short With Employee Engagement Efforts

– By Derek Carter We consultants love a good bell-curve, so please indulge me for a minute while I reinforce the cliché! When I think about the organisations I’ve dealt with in the last few years, it’s pretty easy to identify where they fall on the employee engagement bell curve. One group is that small […]

The Lonely Life of the Engaged Employee

– By Derek Carter Engagement is getting a lot of press lately, which is great, but many people still struggle to put their finger on exactly what it is, let alone do something to improve it in their organisation. One blogger I came across compared it to love: “it’s hard to explain what it is, […]

Good Food, Great Experience – When culture and strategy dine together.

– By Damian Killen If I want to know an organisation, I want to speak with three people – the receptionist, the CEO and the cook.  I want to see the face, the head and the guts of the organisation. Recently while on holidays we had the good fortune of having a fantastic meal.  We […]

Toy Story 3 and Cookery School

– By Damian Killen This summer I found myself on the other side of the fence so to speak. I went to cookery school and rather than being the facilitator/teacher, I was a participant/pupil. I loved it and I learned a lot. (Anyone who wants some recipes, please just drop me a mail and I […]