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What’s the one thing that is more powerful than training?

April 30th, 2022 Posted by Life Coaching, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “What’s the one thing that is more powerful than training?”

I was only ever pretty average at school. The best grade I got was a ‘B’ and I only got it once. Needless to say the world of academia wasn’t for me. I was more into sports and training at the time so it was off to fitness and leisure management for me. What was really interesting is that I soon propelled myself to the top of the class. (more…)

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How Can You Put Psychological Safety Into Action?

March 29th, 2022 Posted by Leadership Coaching, Leadership Tools, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “How Can You Put Psychological Safety Into Action?”

Have you ever been brushed off, ignored, demeaned, silenced, or humiliated? These painful and memorable experiences trigger the self-censoring instinct that is within us all and effectively neutralises performance. When social friction exists in a team the predictable approach to our work is one of caution, preventing people from bringing their whole self to work. (more…)

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Who are you… becoming?

January 20th, 2022 Posted by Leadership Tools, Life Coaching, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “Who are you… becoming?”

Welcome to 2022! What a year it’s been! Indeed, the great thing about a new year is that it gives us the energy, the determination and the focus to do something new. Unfortunately, most of us, by the end of the month, will already have lost our will to continue with the changes we so fervently committed to only a few weeks before. We’re funny ol’ creatures, aren’t we?

The question in the title is a big one. Mostly we’re asked the question, who are you? (more…)

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Why this lockdown feels harder than the last

August 30th, 2021 Posted by Leadership Tools, Life Coaching, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “Why this lockdown feels harder than the last”

More and more I’m hearing that this lockdown just seems that little bit harder than the last time. It came on pretty quickly this time, it’s in the second half of the year when we’re already tired and ready for a break, this strain of the virus is more unpredictable! Know that if you’re feeling this way it’s completely natural, many others are feeling this way too. But why are we feeling that this lockdown is harder and what can we do about it? (more…)

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What to do when you’re running on empty?

July 28th, 2021 Posted by Leadership Coaching, Life Coaching, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “What to do when you’re running on empty?”

If you’re feeling like a lot of my clients out there it’s likely the end of the year break seems very far away! I’ve been feeling it too – drained and difficult to feel motivated, just going through the motions – but this isn’t me and I had to pull it back just for my own sanity! It’s difficult to stay motivated all the time, especially when you’re running your own business and your only source of motivation is you. However, that’s the game and I wouldn’t (more…)

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What are your controllables?

May 31st, 2021 Posted by Leadership Coaching, Leadership Tools, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “What are your controllables?”

I first came across the circle of control/circle of influence model well over 20 years ago. It’s an interesting concept that is often suggested as useful during times of crisis or when trying to perform under pressure. You know how it goes… write down those things that are within your control, those things you can influence and those things that are outside of your control, now go and focus on those things within your control. The problem of course (more…)

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How to suck the life out of an engaged employee…

April 30th, 2021 Posted by Leadership Coaching, Leadership Tools, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “How to suck the life out of an engaged employee…”

Just the other day I bumped into a friend of mine who works as a scrum master, we’ll call him Eric (his real name is Simon) and he was beside himself with frustration. He needed a developer for about 2 weeks worth of work. The work itself wasn’t particularly difficult, was well spec’d out and the developer would have all the support she needed to complete her task. Conveniently, there were about three developers on another team who had (more…)

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Serving breakfast to champions…

March 31st, 2021 Posted by Leadership Coaching, Leadership Tools, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “Serving breakfast to champions…”

St Patrick’s Day has come and gone. I don’t know if you know but St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland – it’s a great time to kick back, celebrate and have a few drinks. There was one particular time in my earlier days when I might have gone a little overboard with the festivities and showed up for work the next day looking a wee bit green… if you get my drift. As you can imagine I wasn’t in the most fit of states for a productive day at work. I was sent home and the following day received some feedback from my manager. As this experience is still freshly in my mind I thought I’d share my thoughts on giving feedback because, as Ken Blanchard said, ‘Feedback is the breakfast of champions!’

Feedback is essential for our growth and, as leaders, it’s a huge part of our role to provide feedback and guidance to our teams. There’s nothing worse than no feedback because, without it, it’s difficult to judge if we’re on the right track or not.

Part of the problem of giving feedback comes down to how the person will take it or, more importantly, how we think the person will take it. If we believe the feedback will crush the other person then this might prevent us from giving the feedback effectively; it might cause us to water down the message too much in order to protect the self-esteem of the person but confuse the message. Another issue can come down to the relationship you have with your staff. If there’s low trust the person might completely ignore the feedback and focus on your relationship and how you’re always “picking on” them – even if the feedback is relevant and expertly delivered!

So what are the important steps?

Firstly, you have to be prepared! Don’t wing it. Spend some time thinking through the outcome you want to achieve with the other person. At a minimum this should be clearly delivering the message AND maintaining the relationship.

Secondly, manage your own ‘state’ – where are you emotionally?

Next, deliver the message and invite the other person into the conversation. They may jump in with a response and no matter what they say, our role is to listen and understand. If they don’t respond ask them what their thoughts are about what you just shared and again, no matter what they say, our role is to listen and understand. Balance expectation setting with understanding and you’re likely to achieve the result you’re after.

Once the feedback conversation is over it’s important to build the person back up again and re-inspire them for the good work they do.

I hope you find this useful. Remember, preparation is key and remember there’s more to giving feedback than just having the conversation.

 

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What I Learned About Myself by Building a French Drain…

January 29th, 2021 Posted by Life Coaching, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “What I Learned About Myself by Building a French Drain…”

Happy New Year!!! Over the holidays I spent a few days building a French Drain. We bought our house about nine years ago and the back garden has never been right. Because of the position of our neighbours property and the slope of the ground, when it rained, we always ended up with a completely waterlogged back garden. Well after nine years I decided to do something about it. (more…)

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Thinking about your past to create your future…

November 30th, 2020 Posted by Leadership Coaching, Life Coaching, Performance Coaching 0 thoughts on “Thinking about your past to create your future…”

Towards the end of the year I always find my mind wandering back to the year gone by. I look back on those things that have gone well, the things I’ve accomplished – how have I moved my life and career forward? – who have I connected with, and what could I learn from or do better?

I find this exercise invaluable because (more…)

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