Exquisite Listening is at the heart of facilitating high performance in others. Listening is a key quality of leaders who mark themselves apart from managers who may dominate by directing.
When we listen well, we learn more about a person, about both their competences (practical and thinking styles) and about their motivations and de-motivations. We also learn how to influence them more effectively. Our influencing can then both inspire them to achieve at new levels but also to achieve with wellbeing, even when the demands we make, are over sustained periods.
A number of factors get in the way – awareness of these factors is a good place to start, so that strengths can be acknowledged and so gaps can be self-managed. The pathway to producing greater personal performance and satisfaction is then on track.
Did you notice that more people were friendly, approachable and engaged in conversation over the Christmas Holiday period? What happens in these first few days back at work will determine our effectivness for the whole year. Let’s learn from the holiday spirit now? Continue reading Leaders: Learning from the Holiday
Human at Work web-posts have been running here since 2011. But does Humanity at Work also bring corporate success? Let’s see how it can make that difference in performance. Continue reading HUMANITY at WORK
The Muffin Men of Saint Monica, USA started collecting food and distributing to the needy in their retirements. 24 years on and they are still doing this in their 70’s & 80’s! It’s a compelling story about people who have hearts – and a lesson for coaches too. See the video:
Damian Aspinall, returns to the bush to see a gorilla that he took to the wild 5 years earlier. In an emotional video, the gorilla demonstrates genuine recognition, affection and join-up. Angus McLeod’s learning from this inspiring video is below..Continue reading Gorilla Love Coaching
Days come and go. There are routines which we more-or-less fall into. And, there are things that go adrift and we may beat-ourselves-up about: we take the car to work but have to go back home because we forgot needed papers; we look forward to the weekend, or to a holiday some weeks or months ahead as a mechanism to keep going through the laborious work periods. Continue reading BLOG: Parables on Coaching 1
During my thirty years in leadership, the glass ceiling has been a nearly impenetrable blockade, limiting the vast majority of aspiring women leaders hoping to reach the top. I am delighted to report that we have, at last, cracked the code. Continue reading Women’s Glass Ceiling