Moorhouse delivers gold standard for motivationBy David Millward
March 31, 2011
Olympic gold medallist Adrian Moorhouse has told business leaders they must engage with their staff if they want to be successful.
Speaking at a conference about motivation and leadership, the famous swimmer also said focusing on the positive was the best way to get through tough economic times.
Mr Moorhouse was one of six speakers at the Hiring, Firing and Inspiring breakfast seminar held at the Hilton Hotel Reading, in Kennet Island, South Reading.
About 200 business people were there last Wednesday to hear from experts of professional services.
Mr Moorhouse, managing director of his own performance specialist company Lane 4, said in his speech: “I firmly believe in the connection between engagement and performance.
“Businesses have to create an environment for the talent you put into organisations to allow them to perform to the best of their ability.”
He added: “In business, you need to refer to the times when things went well.
“You’re as good as the things you’ve done, not the last thing you’ve done. Master everything you can do well; that’s how you work through a recession.”
Mark Craddock, of Eton Bridge Partners, said employers need to gear up for the ‘toughest war on talent yet’.
He said: “The best people today are savvier than ever and even the most loyal employee will consider another opportunity presented to them. People join or leave the business based on the people they work for.”
Michael Sippitt, managing partner at seminar organiser Clarkslegal, added: “The biggest issues today are finding good candidates and keeping the good people you’ve got.
“People join companies but leave bad managers.”