How ATTITUDE can affect your Team Culture and How to Change it!

We have all heard the term ‘change your attitude’ but what does it mean? An attitude is merely our evaluation, positive or negative of a person, object, idea, place or event. It is formed by our beliefs, values and experiences and drives our behaviour. In other words if I have a negative attitude about something or someone I may tend to behave negatively towards them. On the contrary, if I hold positive beliefs about a person or thing I will act positively. In turn this will impact, particularly on the person. Sometimes we just wake up in a bad mood or with a negative attitude and may not even know why. Brain research has proven this can just be a pattern of thinking which we can change with a tweak of our mood.
Here are some tips on how to have a positive attitude each and every day. This is very important because your mood and attitude are infectious.
1. Decide to have a positive attitude! Ask yourself ‘what can really be so bad?’ Remember a positive attitude – that is joy, optimism and enthusiasm makes everything in business and in life easier. A positive attitude will supercharge you and those around you.
2. Smile! Whenever you can remember to keep that beautiful smile on your face. ‘Smile and the whole world smiles with you!’
3. Remember YOU control your attitude! Attitude is not a result of what happens to you – it is from the meaning you give to what happens – look for the positive meaning! Your beliefs and rules about work and life determine how you interpret events and your attitude. Decide today to adopt positive beliefs that create a positive attitude such as notice the good things people do in your team and have a positive attitude about them.
4. Help your team develop a strong culture by being positive, praising them, giving them purpose in their work. Conduct a culture improvement program   developing values and positive future direction.

Contact us today regarding a corporate culture improvement program. 

9 September 2013

In this article I would like to talk about self belief which can be shaken during times of uncertainty! We have been working with individuals and work teams for over 25 years and one of the greatest personal challenges people seem to face is self doubt. 

Self-belief is vital for success in life, leadership, business and relationships. How many times have you not done or tried something because you lacked self belief?

Many people doubt themselves because others did or because someone has criticised them in the past. 

Tips to Build your Self Belief:

1. Know you can improve your self-belief. 

When we are born we trust the world and believe in ourselves. It is only after we meet negativity and criticism we begin to doubt ourselves. Decide today you are going to improve your belief in you and your abilities. Although it might feel weird look in the mirror tonight or in the morning and say “I believe in myself.” Do that every day for three weeks and you will begin to develop new synapses in your brain. 

2. Deal with the negative inner voice.

When you start to doubt yourself, notice the inner voice. Notice whose voice it is – parents, teachers, former boss. It could be a combination of voices from your life. More often than not it was not your voice originally.

Tell yourself – “This is not my voice!” Then challenge it. You are in charge not the voice! Eventually the voice will disappear as you re-program your brain. 

3. Become your own coach!

If you notice doubts rearing their ugly heads, imagine you (the clear-headed part of you) are the coach and the anxious part of you is the person you need to talk to.

Think what you'd say to someone you really believe in if they started showing doubts. Sit down and say those same things to yourself. So if you are about to go for a job interview and you 'hear yourself' starting to express doubts, take a few moments to sit down, close your eyes, and coach yourself:

"Look, you can do this! It's natural to feel a little anxious, but that just means you care about what you're doing! You've got all the relevant experience and qualifications! Now go for it! 

4. Create a powerful vision of yourself

Self-belief actually comes from developing the vision that you can be a great leader, start that business, write that book, or whatever it is you need to believe you can do or be. Nelson Mandela actually felt anxious at times when he became President. He created a powerful vision of himself and behaved accordingly. Create a habit of seeing yourself being decisive, calm and confident. This powerful visualisation means you learn from yourself how to be confident and have self-belief which will more likely lead you to success.

Kym McGregor Co-Director of Corporate Training Oz ( ) an organisation helping businesses improve their team’s performance, leadership capability and manage workplace conflict.

27 June 2013


When your employees are having fun they will be performing at their best!


Imagine it is 6.00am and your alarm goes off: what motivates you to get out of bed and go to work? You have to be motivated and excited about going to work and working on your projects or jobs. Even if you need to earn money or if the job is essential, research proves people are motivated by the fun they have, what they learn and the people they work with.

When people are having fun they are more relaxed, more creative and more intelligent. Their sales figures improve and they make better decisions.

Here are 10 easy things you can do to make your workplace fun:

1. Have dress up days – with a red theme, St Patricks Day, your favourite rock star, favourite animal or just general fancy dress. Take photos and display them on your walls! Memories create magic!

2. Hold a fun team building day –  go kayaking, beach Olympics, treasure hunt – there are many options on the web – be sure to take photos

3. Use Photos – Ask a team member to take some photos of employees or book a photographer to take photos of people around your workplace and have them made into a poster and display them in a public area

4. Have a ‘decorate your area’ competition – give each section or employee (if a small business) a budget to decorate their area. Provide them with a theme or allow total freedom

5. Hang posters of famous people (rock stars or actors) in your workplace and replace their face with employees faces

6. Brighten up your workplace with colour – Paint your office

7. Celebrate successes with cakes or other special lunches – people remember special food events!

8. Post some cartoons or clean jokes in the copy room or kitchen

9. Smile, laugh and be happy – ‘when mama is happy the kids are happy!’

10. Hold regular food sharing days with a theme – Pizza days

What can you do to make your workplace fun? Now Go and Do it! Remember to Smile!

23 May 2013


How to use Conflict as a Valuable Business Opportunity?

My research over twenty five years of consulting with workplace teams has proven conflict is to be expected when a group of two or more people work together. It is not the conflict which is the problem but how we manage the conflict which can cause dysfunction!

Three methods of capitalising on the opportunities of conflict:

1. Accept conflict is normal and embrace the opportunity – This is because we are all different and have different views!

2. Be aware of the sources of conflict in your workplace – successful leaders anticipate when a conflict is likely to happen. They understand the possible causes and times they are more likely to occur. Are there times when the workload increases and your team is under additional pressure. How can you support your teams during stressful times? It is tempting to stop having team meetings during busy periods, BUT this can be a mistake as meetings provide opportunities for team members to air issues and for you to offer support or brainstorm solutions.

3. Make sure every team member understands and is clear of their role and the link this has to the overall purpose of your business. We are purpose driven and have a need to feel worthwhile. Years ago when I was a youth worker with young offenders I worked with a young man who broke into 6-10 houses each week. After five years with our accommodation and education support service that young man has gone on to run a successful locksmith business. He got connected with his purpose and learned how to do it constructively and honestly.

Recently I consulted to a hospital work team who thought their jobs were tedious and unimportant - when they realised they were part of the chain of preserving life they became more functional because they had purpose.

Corporate Training Oz – Experts in Conflict Identification and Resolution

13 March 2013

Work for the whole

By Kym Mcgregor

No matter where you work in the world, you are more than likely a member of a team. Being a team member is all about working for the greater good of the business – no matter what obstacles might crop up along the way.

This post looks at how you can be the very best team member you can be in 2013. If you are a team leader, this will help you understand how to motivate your people. Motivated workforces get results - and that is the most important job of any team.


• Be clear about your role. Many people are not clear about where they fit into ‘the bigger picture’, so get clarity by asking your boss.

• Find out how your role is linked to the overall purpose of the business. Humans are purpose driven beings, so get with the purpose and feel your motivation go to new heights, not to mention your results! As a leader, clarify how the role of your team and its individual members link to the overall goal or strategy of your business unit.

• Be flexible in your role. The best way to ‘blow it’ as a great team player is to be heard saying ‘that’s not my role’. The nature of business requires you to be show adaptability. When things change, embrace it and look for positive ways to move things forward.

• Share information. They say knowledge is power so why not share the power? Opening up your knowledge and skills is a great way to bond with your team mates. Help them out whenever you can.

• Be enthusiastic even when you face challenges. Enthusiasm is contagious and it is your job to keep your team mates motivated!

• Accept and embrace the different personalities in your team. Recognise your team mates’ strengths and capitalise on them. Be supportive around their challenges and be aware of your own. Don’t expect them to be just like you. When we have interpersonal challenges we want others to be just like us – accept and respect their differences.

• Use self awareness to adopt important new team and leadership behaviours. Positive, enthusiastic, adaptable and purpose driven people are successful! If you know people who are successful team players, copy what they do because it obviously works. Ask your friends and colleagues for feedback on your development and behaviour as a team player or leaders of a team if that is your role.

• Most of all HAVE FUN and ENJOY yourself. Generating positive emotions will boost your intelligence as endorphins course through your body.

Contact Us Today To Help You Develop Great Team Players

11th January 2013