How We Survived & Thrived During The Pandemic

Last Wednesday, 6th October, we hosted our first in-person event in over 2 years! Teaming up with our friends over at Folk Recruitment, we pulled together a learning party focusing on how different businesses survived (and thrived!) during the pandemic – raising over £800 for Leeds Childrens Hospital. What Did We Learn? On the day, […]

How to Avoid ‘The Great Resignation’

When you’ve put training, resources and time into your team members the last thing youwant is for them to pack up and move on unexpectedly. Now, with what’s being dubbed as ‘The Great Resignation’ looming over us, this has never been more important. Here at Zest, we don’t think staff retention is a dark art […]

How to Build a Great Remote Team

Recent circumstances may have pushed us all towards working from home, whether we liked it or not. But as we move towards that ever-elusive ‘new normal’, for many remote working is becoming less of an enforced must and more of a chosen preference. Now, as a business owner, the thought of having a team spread […]

Why Do Organisations Need to Change?

If your business has ever gone through a significant period of change, which, let’s face, given recent times it’s pretty likely you have, then you already know just how difficult it can be. But not all change has to bring with it doom and gloom. Whilst change might be inevitable if your business is experiencing […]

The Benefits Of Executive Coaching

The importance of executive coaching has become more and more recognised over the last few decades, but what exactly is it? Why does it matter? Well, sit tight, because you’re about to find out. Read our full article below to find out what executive coaching is, how it can help you and your business and […]

Do We Learn Better When We’re Young?

There’s been a whole lot of research into the human brain and why people act and learn in specific ways. But with this research has come a whole lot of what we like to call ‘hokum’. There is a more scientific word for these theories though, and that’s ‘neuromyths’. Not only are some commonly spread […]

Qualities Of A Good Leader

Leadership ey, is it something you can teach or a natural talent someone is born with? Is there a secret sauce that you can tap into and, voila, you’ve got a top-notch leader in the making? What are the qualities of a good leader? Well, we get asked these kinds of questions a lot – […]

What Is Change Management?

Are you sick and tired of change? Feel like you’re suffering from change fatigue? Well, change can be very difficult, and at the moment it feels like every five minutes it’s right in our faces. Work from home, go back to the office. Social distance. Wear a mask. Stay safe. Get back to normal. We’re […]

Go The Distance

How running can boost wellbeing, support decision making and give you that extra zest for life I hate gyms.  There I’ve said it! I don’t know what it is, maybe I’ve just not found ‘the one’, but I can’t say I’ve not tried. I don’t know if it’s the heat, the waiting for machines, the […]

Smed Talk: Session 4

Welcome to the fourth Smed Talk all about business as unusual