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Why The Festive Season Is The Perfect Time for Leaders to Reflect, Recharge and Design for a Great Year ahead

While we catch up with colleagues, friends and family through December with the annual series of festive luncheons, parties and end of year events that culminate with the celebrations of New Year's Eve, it's important to remember that the holiday season is also the ideal time for leaders and business owners to take a moment to reflect, recharge and get ahead for 2018.

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How to create an informal coaching culture

 

Can we talk about coaching for a moment? We need to demystify it. A few months ago we soft launched our coaching suite to the market (you didn’t know? check it out here). We launched it because coaching was often too far out of each for most people, in terms of price and accessibility, which doesn’t make sense to me. Since the soft launch and wrapping a recent client engagement on creating an internal coaching culture, I’ve become even more certain that the way to embed coaching is to look for the moments that matter the most, formalise informal coaching, and let teams design the way.

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Coaching: moving beyond the framework

Most of us love a good framework. Nothing gives us more comfort and confidence that using a tried and tested framework or model, especially if it’s from a slick university or professional services firm. The challenge with most frameworks though is that we like to follow it a bit like a recipe - so that we don’t get it wrong. Coaching is a great example of where we sometimes follow a framework a bit too closely and then miss the human connection.

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Coaching: moving beyond the framework

Most of us love a good framework. Nothing gives us more comfort and confidence that using a tried and tested framework or model, especially if it’s from a slick university or professional services firm. The challenge with most frameworks though is that we like to follow it a bit like a recipe - so that we don’t get it wrong. Coaching is a great example of where we sometimes follow a framework a bit too closely and then miss the human connection.

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A-HA! Leadership Series Part 1: The Perfectionist

The Perfectionist - they're conscientious, impatient & afraid to make mistakes...

The Centre for Workplace Leadership recently released a series of satirical clips on bad bosses  to show how easy it is to learn bad habits from others. When the actors were pressed to improvise what a good boss did, they said something fascinating, “we can’t improvise that because we’d need to learn it first.” Brilliant insight! So I decided that would share with you six leaders I have found to be challenging in my career, and how to work with them.

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