This is how to manage the extroverts in your team in a WFH world. By Virginia Henningsen.

This is how to manage the extroverts in your team in a WFH world. By Virginia Henningsen.

I have been working with a few founders who are having challenges in motivating and engaging some of their team members while they are working from home.  And they have been surprised as these are the team members who are usually quite high energy.  So lately I have been talking with them about where their team members […]

Understand your brain’s operating system to override the “Amygdala Hijack”​ when you WFH. By Virginia Henningsen.

Understand your brain’s operating system to override the “Amygdala Hijack”​ when you WFH. By Virginia Henningsen.

Our Brains during Co-Vid19.  Neuropsychologists know that all human brains like stability, predictability and feeling secure, this enables our brains to run with maximum efficiency.  Yet in our current context, our brains are on hyper alert status and this feels, in the body, as if you are on edge. Three things that we are all facing right […]

Your startup has raised the money and it’s time to hire some people. Wait! What’s your Recruitment Strategy?

Your startup has raised the money and it’s time to hire some people. Wait! What’s your Recruitment Strategy?

As a founder, when you raise money for your startup, it’s usually all about growth and that tends to mean you need to recruit and hire some staff. This is an exciting and stressful time for you and your business and having a clear plan will make it easier. In fact, your investors will expect you […]

As a Founder, you also have to be a “Great Boss” – here’s why and how.

As a Founder, you also have to be a “Great Boss” – here’s why and how.

People leave managers, they don’t leave companies.   If you feel this is true, your hunch is supported by a study completed by Gallup across 2.5 million manager-led teams around the world, where they measured the engagement of 27 million employees.  Incredibly, this study reported, “that one in two employees have left their job to get away from their manager […]

How to Network – and why it’s the “secret sauce” for Founders.

How to Network – and why it’s the “secret sauce” for Founders.

Your product matters, your employees matter, your funding matters but “who you know” can potentially transform your business. Some people enjoy networking and others don’t. However, regardless of which group you fall into, everyone agrees that, if you can get the right people together, great things can happen. If you’re a startup founder who hasn’t […]

You hired an incredible expert, but their personal style is “difficult”…or maybe you’re the difficult expert?

You hired an incredible expert, but their personal style is “difficult”…or maybe you’re the difficult expert?

In this series of articles our Org Psych, Virginia Henningsen, takes you through real-life (anonymised of course) examples of personalities you are likely to encounter when recruiting for your startup/scaleup and the tips and approaches you can apply to bring out their best. Yes, there are also pitfalls to look out for and some people you […]