Are you looking an Internal Communication, Employee Engagement or Skills Development approach that delivers an immediate and sustainable improvement in the performance of your teams..? If so call me on +44(0)845 003 7292. Do you want to give birth to your ambitions in the hearts and minds of all your people and create a top-down and bottom up avalanche in your organisation? Then visit Be More Effective Ltd here for more about our approach or Be More Effective here for our on-line brochure or to read my blog go to www.bobhayward.com
Be More Effective publishes it's first book..!
Read the first chapter here ~ Download activities here
Before we get too fair into business talk - here is one of the things I am most passionate about
As one of the people who started this crisis intervention charity I'm committed to help raise around £75,000 each year to enable this organisation to function. Foodbank uses a ground-breaking concept to help individuals and families in crisis by providing free emergency food until the appropriate agencies are in a position to assist. In 2007 Swindon Foodbank received 1079 referrals from the Professional Care Agencies in the town and provided those people with food until the State Benefit kicked in. It can take between 7 and 33 days for fresh or altered benefit claims to come through and Foodbank fills that void.
Since early 2009 we have been seeing over 300 applicants each month. The financial crisis really hit many parts of the UK badly - poverty is right on your door step - there are now over 200 Foodbanks in the UK and more are needed.
Previous fund raising included
In 2012 we are organised a series of events such as...
West End Musical Evening
Join us for a great evening, while raising funds for Swindon Foodbank with a delicious three course carvery meal at the Marriott Hotel, Swindon, while being entertained with excellent music.
Between each course our five fantastic performers from London's West End entertained with show stopping classics, from shows such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
The 2011 Masquerade Ball
- Guess what we did..? Fun - food - dancing and fund raising = Yes..!
The Coast to Coast Cycle Ride - - A short peddle should have been around 107 miles...and ended up as 120 miles as we occassionally went the wrong way
The 2010 Strickly Foodbank Ball..!
- This ball was a sumptuous meal, followed by a chance to learn to dance with local dance teacher from Pawlan Dance School ~ the generosity of the people and businesses of Swindon helped make the night a great success with over £6000 raised
- The 2009 Black & White Charity Ball @ The DeVere in Swindon raised some £3600. The Ball was a high quality event but the show was stolen by "Bubbles" who made a surprsie appearance...
January 2009 ~ I ran around Futrventura; not much employee engagement on that trip~ see the whole album on Facebook
170K in 6 days
2008 ~ I only ran the occasional half marathon; not worth mentioning really... Between internal communication projects I am normally running in four 1/2 marathons a year, or a few full marathons
2007 was the first year since 1999 that my health let me down and I did not run beyond the end of my street..! Didn't do much internal communication or employee engagement that year either...
On Sunday 15th October 2006 I pushed a shopping trolley 13 + miles in the Swindon Half Marathon. Why?
Why do I do all this running..? Not to boost internal communication or employee engagement... The BIG idea is to raise awareness for the charity The Trussell Trust, which is spearheading a new initiative called The FOODBANK: this aims to help individuals and families in crisis. In particular to fund the SWINDON FOODBANK
Donate on-line here
Almost 1 in 5 people in Swindon and 1 in every 3 children live in poverty. And Swindon is no different from many UK towns. Bristol for instance 1 in 4 people live in poverty. Across the whole UK, 13 million people officially live in poverty. The running is an attempt to highlight this and do something positive about it.
Foodbank is a crisis intervention that will provide emergency food for those in need. The foodbank principle and concept introduced to the UK by the Trussell Trust is already making a serious impact in 45 UK Towns including Salisbury, Gloucester, Redruth and Milton Keynes.
The FOODBANK, through The Trussell Trust, are looking to make a significant difference to the lives of those in crisis, and have already made a notable impact by opening Food Banks in Gloucester, Redruth and Salisbury. We are now extending this reach by opening a FOODBANK in Swindon.
Regular giving option
SWINDON FOODBANK needs £3,000 per month, this enable us to provide crisis intervention for nearly 100 people each week, In the first year of operation we feed 1600 people, of which over 700 were under 16 years of agge.
Donate as little as £3 per month on-line here
Yet more crazy fund raising included
In October 2005 I ran 6 marathons in six days through Death Valley to raise awareness and funds for Foodbank. Not much internal communication or employee engagement
just a seriously hot, very long and extremely tough run. And even though I managed to run through it ~ believe me Death Valley won. I fell in love with the place, the people and have the greatest respect for anything: man, plant or beast that can survive there...
Principle = Know your "enemy" as well as you know yourself.
30 degree heat, starting at over 3000 feet above sea level reaching some 200 feet BELOW sea level before climbing back out to over 3000 feet above sea level once more.
Business interests = Internal Communication, Employee Engagement and Enriching Talent
Are you looking an Internal Communication, Employee Engagement or Skills Development approach that delivers an immediate and sustainable improvement in the performance of your teams..?
Do you want to give birth to your ambitions in the hearts and minds of all your people and create a top-down and bottom up avalanche in your organisation?
If so - guess what Be More Effective does..?
Be more effective is a business improvement company committed to doing exactly that - enabling everyone in an organisation to become more effective. Whatever you need or have to be more effective at, we have the solution ~ enriching talent along the way.
We design and deliver customer and business centric solutions for immediate and sustained improvement. Solutions which drive tangible benefits. Benefits which enrich you personally, professionally and most importantly your business results.
Be more effective solutions develop high performance, address specific business challenges, achieve agreed objectives, improve key processes, enhance employee involvement and develop skills which are relevant to the business and environment you're in...
Some insights into what we do
What does internal communciation mean ~ Read more about that and my speech at the 2010 Teneo Excellence in Internal Communication Conference in Barcelona here
For more on Employee Engagement read my 2009 address to the Conference in Ghana
For a definition of internal communication read my blog here
For some thoughts on the barriers of internal communication read my blog here
For some thoughts on the benefits of employee engagement read my blog here
Read more about the real opinion formers of internal communication here
Some organisations that are giving birth to their ambitions:
SEB Merchant Banking
Potted History of Bob and Business Development
I love selling, training, facilitating, coaching and speaking. I have been heavily influenced by the work of Eric Jensen on Brain Based Learning and Dale Carnegie on HR and presentation skills. I am energetic, passionate, enthusiastic and believe in commitment and ownership. The whole democratic approach we have to internal communication and employee engagement fits very well with my essential value and beliefs.
I started my career within the National Health Service, before moving into a field sales role with Reckitt & Coleman. I then developed a great career in the specialist employment agency field. Joining as a Temp controller and Tele-sales person for Hospital and Commercial Personnel Ltd, a small London-based medical secretarial agency, I created the nursing and paramedical divisions. Within four years I was made Sales and Operations Director of the whole group with a turnover of just under £6 million. I took over as Managing Director at Standby Staff Ltd, in 1989 with responsibility to develop a new high street brand.
In 1992 I joined Dale Carnegie Training, as a member of the South West Business Leadership Group. I ran programmes in areas such as leadership, management, presentation skills, team and personal development. During this time I also trained as an assessor in The European Foundation for Quality Management Assessment Process and in Jack Phillips ROI methodology for measuring the "return on investment" from training and became immersed in Eric Jensen's work on Brain Based Learning.
In 1997, I set up Assessment Coaching and Training Ltd with Andy Collett to apply best practise in talent selection, alignment and development three vital areas for any business. He majors in the design of project specific high impact interventions. I love uncovering hidden potential in teams or processes and turning into actual business performance, which is why the whole internal communication and employee engagement process from OPC attracted me.
In 2003, I bought into a Swedish Corporate Strategic Internal Communication tool developed by Bengt-Arne Svennberg and Kent Fälth to improve employee engagement through enhanced internal communciation in the 1000+ employee corporate organisations. And so OPC (UK) Ltd was born. In case you were wondering
OPC Stands for the Optimum Process of Communication.
We use strategic internal communication to engage twice the critical mass an organisation requires to ensure an initiative is launched successfully in less than four hours, We create a top-down and bottom-up avalanche and give birth to the organisation's ambitions within the hearts and minds of every individual.
I get involved with the research, design and delivery with Bengt-Arne and have shaped a number of mission critical internal communication and employee engagement projects for British, Swedish and Global companies since early 2003.
One of the reasons the OPC approach is so effective as an internal communication or employee engagement tool is combines theories from both the logistics or semiotics schools. If you want high levels of employee engagement you need to consider the methods and system used to facilitate the exploration of meaning of a clear robust message as wells as how those methods and systems enable feedback. OPC does this better than any other solution I've ever seen. But then I'm biased
In 2005 I closed ACT and separated out some of the more successful brands and given them their own companies and e-commerce sites; one such brand covered time management; The Timepower Workshop which I placed inside a company called Timepower Ltd
In 2010 following many projects for clients large and small I've brought the two companies together to reflect the range of internal communication, employee engagement and training programmes I keep being asked to design and or deliver.
On the personal side;
Working with Nick Heap recently enabled me to gain further insight into my purpose. This I now understand as Oozing Light
Apart from my work on internal communication and employee engagement, my one greatest passion is being a source of l.i.g.h.t. ~ love ~ inspiration ~ growth ~ happiness and truth to others especially my family and friends. I am married with four children (oldest born in 1980 & youngest in 1987). I live in Swindon, run the local Alpha Course at the Church I attend ~ St John's ~ and in 2005 I helped start a Food Bank for the 1 in 5/6 people in this great town of 180,000 who are "income deprived." Have a look at what the Salisbury Food Bank is accomplishing. Read the latest up date on the Swindon Food Bank here
While I love all of the items I've listed in the 50 words (outside of internal communications and employee engagement), in addition to my wife Julie, I especially love Spurs my football team (land of my birth), Lord of the Rings (best book outside the Bible/best film since Star Wars), and running ~ preferable half marathons upwards. In 2001 I ran from Land's End to John O'Groats in 40 days (33 marathons ~ 3 shorter runs and four days of rest). This was to raise money for a boy called Podge who was very severely burnt (60+% 3rd degree burns) by another 12 year old. Take a look at the whole story on www.givetheladachance.co.uk ~ the site has not been updated recently but it does describe what happened to Podge and most of the lessons I learnt of the run.
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