I am currently involved in some big pitches. Preparation is always important, but it is quite easy to reach the law of diminishing returns. Recognising this is key, and at this point you quickly realise, you need to trust your knowledge, skills and be authentic. Showing some confident humility always helps.
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 10
Edges of your patience will be pushed (nothing ever moves fast enough).
More than ever in the times of rapid change, we need to be self aware, and avoid a situation which could lead us to be passive aggressive. Most of us can recognise it in others, but can we recognise it in ourselves ? It does not have to be directly manipulative or overtly aggressive, it […]
Coaching with Subject Matter Expertise
Sometimes coaching is perceived as purely facilitation. Facilitation is a key element of the coaching process, as the key purpose of coaching is not to “direct” but guide the coachee, to raise awareness in such a way that they can help themselves. If you have specific knowledge or experience of the coachee’s challenge that can […]
As the world enters into the VUCA (Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous) state headlong, more than ever we need to stay focussed and resolute. There is unprecedented change, and we need to be in a place to cope with it. We need to stay true to our principles and be authentic. Meditation and being mindful can […]
Staying Well – Don’t be Deskbound
I read an interesting article in the “Body & Soul” section of The Times. The main thread was about staying healthy while working out a desks. We are all aware of the dangers of a sedentary life with lack of excercise. However this goes into a lot more depth on the effects for just sitting […]
Anatomy of Change Agent – Part 9
You will need to be caring and confrontational; guiding and directive
I was pleased to see an interesting article in The Time weekend about a new initiative called Reverse Mentoring. A number of large city firms and consultancies have started to get younger staff to mentor more senior leaders. Initially it was designed to tackle sexism, but has wide ranging benefits to improve business culture. The […]
Energy & Intuition
I was reading an interesting article in The Times a couple of weeks ago about Kelly Hoppen, the self styled and successful interior design guru and business woman. Kelly was talking about her career, and what is important to her in her life. She went on to talk about the importance of positive energy, and […]
Anatomy of Change Agent – Part 8
You start seeing everything through different eyes
Keeping your Energy Levels Up
Easier said than done in a fast moving world, but a critical element to survival in business. Stress, pressure of work delivery, can all erode your energy levels. This can become a downward spiral, because low energy will effect performance. I know this first hand from my consultancy experience, where the pressure to deliver results […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 7
You will constantly be revisiting your own values
A Different Leader
I was moved to write this after an article in The Times yesterday about Jurgen Klopp the new Liverpool FC Manager. As a life long Liverpool supporter and previous regular at Anfield, I remember the pleasure of the 70’s and 80’s and the pain of the 90’s and noughties. Liverpool fans are fun, hopeful , […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 6
You will be truly yourself, only when you know yourself.
Understanding our negative emotions and using them to power us
It helps to be happy if we want to be positive and focussed. This is easy to say, and some would say even obvious, or counter intuitive. As always, the doing is more difficult than the talking. How do we reach this point of happiness ? It is important to feel our negative feelings, and […]
Avoiding Conflict in Dialogues
Avoiding conflict is difficult when you have strong views or opinions. Sales people will tell you that while you are talking you are negotiating. This is important when we are having difficult dialogues, especially when those we are talking to, are likely to have opposing views. How do we keep these discussions “Above the Line” […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 5
You will struggle between doing what the client needs, and what you need.
Emotional Intelligence – Does it Have a Pulse ?
I saw an interesting debate on the ICF (International Cocahing Federation) Linked IN group last night, and they posed the question, is EI (Emotional Intelligence) passé . I like to think not, but it seems to be less important on the corporate screen these days. This could be a symptom of the current business turmoil […]
Lean thinking is an approach to life which means you are always challenging “Waste” at all times. In the process or manufacturing world, waste can be identified in a multitude ways, generally in line with the Toyota 8 Wastes. In the coaching world, the analogy is an uncluttered mind leading to high levels of focus. […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 4
You will find yourself often being alone and feeling marginal.