Your Perception is Your Reality

Explore the impact of individual perceptions on workplace interactions. Learn how fostering open communication, embracing diverse viewpoints, and creating a psychologically safe environment can enhance team productivity and stimulate innovation.

Challenge & Support: more nuanced in practice than in concept

Discover the importance of nurturing healthy team relations, where leadership roles, challenge and support intersect. Learn about fostering an environment for performance, authentic learning and sustainable results, at the center of any successful business strategy.

Positive & Negative Emotions: Go Beyond

Dive into the role of emotions in business. Discover how embracing our emotional spectrum, rather than sidestepping it, can propel growth, fortify team cohesion, and enrich leadership consciousness.

The ideal self: Who do you think you are?

Uncover how the 'ideal self' impacts business dynamics. Learning to embrace our whole selves can drive authentic leadership, fuel team innovation and catalyze business transformation. Explore the potential of full human expression in the realm of business.

Time and emotional time

Time moves differently in the emotional world. Why does this matter in business? Simply because wherever there is business, there are people; and, wherever there are people, there are emotions.

Strategic collaboration: What it is and what it isn’t

A number of firms strive to support a collaborative culture, one in which many perspectives come together to solve common business problems. In our work, we have found some silent, often unconscious barriers to collaboration exist in many teams and organizations.

Healthy performance: What does it mean to run a healthy business?

In the business world, performance is a term often associated with financial gain. When an individual is said to perform well, it typically means that he or she makes money for the business. This could mean anything from more sales to efficient cost-cutting measures. Explore the transformative potential of human-centric approaches and mutual benefits in creating thriving organizations.

Change and changing

A recent addition to business vernacular is something known as high-change environments. These businesses will tend to operate in industries where conditions change rapidly, sometimes within a quarter, or where unpredictability must be factored into the production process.

Who is to Blame?

One of our core operating principles is See the human behind the role. We meet people where they are and celebrate our clients, our partners and ourselves as humans first – messy, sometimes disconnected beings with no inherent flaws and nothing to fix.

Sarcasm: Where intelligence meets passive aggression

Leaders often overlook the high human cost of sarcasm within teams. Sarcasm, though seemingly harmless, is socially acceptable however disguised as humor. It stifles innovation, dismisses valuable insights, and erodes workplace culture. Leaders must create a safe space for authentic feedback to unlock the full potential of their teams.

Fundamentals of a Growth Attitude – Part Two

In this final piece of our two-part series, we continue to unfold the common insights around growth we often encounter in our practice. Significantly, when it comes to one's mode of existence, the nature vs. nurture debate only touches on the broad spectrum of the human phenomenon. Our experience suggests that the self is a process, and an individual's self can indeed evolve over time, given the right context and a willingness to embrace change.

Fundamentals of a Growth Attitude – Part One

At Nikoleta & Associates, we engage in numerous discussions about growth – both professional and personal – with our peers, clients, and partners. People want to know what it is, and how it can be developed, nurtured, and harnessed. While we certainly don't claim to have the final definition, we've identified several fundamental aspects of growth-oriented individuals that remain consistent across geography, industries, income levels, education, age, and gender.

The delusion of certainty

Unveiling the Delusion of Continuous Calm: Leaders believe in lasting order after chaos, yet change is perpetual in life and business. Turmoil transitions to calm, then disaster, repeating the cycle. Raising awareness and applying learnings are key to becoming better leaders and humans in our integrated lives.