Turning Performance Pressure into Workday Pleasure

development leadership Aug 06, 2021
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Turning Performance Pressure into Workday Pleasure
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In this episode, I chat with Leadership Expert and Executive Coach Andrea Danner about her contribution to the book: The Door to Inner Happiness: Secrets from Around the World for When Everything’s Going Wrong.

Although conceived pre-Covid, The Door to Inner Happiness reveals powerful strategies from around the world for bouncing back when everything’s going wrong. The book contains the stories of regular people from all over the world who have found ways to turn horrendous situations into opportunities and new possibilities. 

Andrea's chapter is entitled Turning Performance Pressure into Workday Pleasure. During our conversation, she explains how a daily sense of overwhelm forced her to re-examine her life and make some changes for the better.

She provides lots of insights and tips for all of us.

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How to coach your brain

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How to coach your brain
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For this episode I sat down with Executive Coach and author of no less than 17 books, Joseph O'Connor, to talk about his latest book, Coaching the Brain - Practical Applications of Neuroscience to Coaching

During our conversation, Joseph explains why he writes books on topics that interest him and shares many fascinating insights about how our brains work so that we can all begin to coach our own brains right away. 

Joseph began his career as a guitar teacher and got into Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to explore how to help his students perform better. Today, apart from his work as an Executive Coach he is also the co-founder of the International Coaching Community (ICC), which boasts over 15,000 coaches as members worldwide. The ICC celebrates its 20th birthday in 2021. 

So, whether you're a coach, currently being coached, thinking about getting yourself a coach or just simply curious about how to coach your own brain there's something here for...

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How we learn best

development Jul 09, 2021
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How we learn best
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In this episode, I chat with author and learning & development expert, Stella Collins, to discover how our brains learn best.

The Learning Organisation expert, Peter Senge, once wrote: Taking in information is only distantly related to real learning. It would be nonsensical to say, "I just read a great book about bicycle riding—I’ve now learned that.”

In order to design and deliver effective learning and development initiatives, it's essential to understand how our brains process and retain information. During our conversation, Stella provides insights into how our brains learn best and tips on how to improve our ability to retain and apply our learning.

Whether you work in HR, as a Trainer/Coach/Consultant or you're a Leader in an organisation what Stella has to say is relevant, timely and important.

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What Makes Training Really Work?

development leadership May 28, 2021
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What Makes Training Really Work?
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In this episode, I chat with Dr Ina Weinbauer-Heidel to find out what makes training really work. 

We explore her 12 Levers of Training Effectiveness under three key themes.

Ever wonder why some trainings make a real difference and others appear to be a complete waste of time? 

It's not what you think! 

In our conversation, we begin to unpack the answer to this question and Ina provides some fantastic insights and tips for trainees, trainers, learning & development professionals and managers/supervisors in organisations.

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How to navigate a crisis

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How to navigate a crisis
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In this episode, I chat with Author and Crisis Expert, Caroline Sapriel

The Covid pandemic has given us all a first-hand experience of a crisis unfolding before our very eyes. It's no longer something happening "over there", but in our own daily lives. In times of crisis, we turn to our leaders to steer us through. 

But, what if they let us down? 

In this informative discussion, Caroline explains how leaders can prepare for crisis events and what qualities they need to have to be able to navigate through them when they do occur. She highlights that a crisis is not just a bad week at the office, that the term "crisis management" is something of a misnomer, and that there's a difference between a crisis and a reputation meltdown. 

Using references to pears, accordions, sailing boats and more Caroline explains how to approach a crisis situation, how to organise your people to deal with it and what hard and soft skills leaders (and indeed anyone...

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How to build your Conversational Capacity

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How to build your Conversational Capacity
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This week I sat down with leading author and consultant, Craig Weber, to chat about Conversational Capacity and three critical practices that help you develop this. 

Craig highlights many essential skills and provides practical tips that individuals and teams can apply immediately to get better at those tough conversations that life throws at us from time to time. 

Along the way we talk about sweet spots, cognitive cartography, dancing elephants, dojos and much more...

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Good at Negotiation, Good at Life

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Good at Negotiation, Good at Life
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In this episode (recorded in December 2020) I chat with leading Author and Master Negotiations Trainer, Simon Horton, about negotiations and negotiating.

During our conversation, Simon demystifies negotiating. He says that negotiating is so pervasive in our world today that we're actually negotiating all the time. Negotiation is not some 'dark art' or just the purveyance of big business, international trade deals or Brexit. In fact, one of Simon's mantras is "get good at negotiation, get good at life"!

We delve into his book The Leader's Guide to Negotiation: How to Use Soft Skills to Get Hard Results (The Financial Times) and explore his three-stage model of negotiation. Did you know that there's more to negotiation than a conversation and an agreement? 

Throughout, Simon draws on examples from both leadership and personal contexts where knowing how to negotiate enables you to grow, advance and achieve your goals, in a way that preserves relationships. He...

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How can you be yourself at work?

development Apr 02, 2018

“Be yourself - everyone else is taken” - Oscar Wilde

Actually, the straight answer to this question is that you can’t be yourself at work unless your organisation creates at least the following 5 conditions: 

1. Personal Development drives Organisational Development

Organisational folks prefer the term professional development to personal development. However, this is flawed thinking and labelling. People can undergo professional development programmes that often produce better technical skills but many of the problems in organisations come from Interpersonal factors that require personal development skills.   

When personality and work preference factors clash no amount of professional ability will resolve these. People need to be on a continuous path of self improvement. To be on that path, you need to have the self-awareness to know where you are and to where you can go in terms of your potential. 

You also need to have quality feedback so you...

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Does it sometimes feel like you're doing 2 jobs?

development Mar 18, 2018

“In most organisations nearly everyone is doing a second job no one is paying them for - namely, covering their weaknesses, trying to look their best, and managing other people’s impressions of them.” - An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organisation (Kegan & Lahey, 2016)

A profound statement! 

Why is this so? 

Because, many people simply don’t feel safe enough to be themselves at work. There is a latent vulnerability that is at stake. It’s not ok to “fail”. We must get top marks, etc… This topic comes up time and time again at public events, in TED talks and other online forums. For decades, authors have suggested you just look at what people can achieve outside of work through their hobbies, community service, etc… for evidence that organisations only get a part of an employee when at work. 

And, personally I think that there may be nothing wrong with this. Most of us would prefer to...

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