How to effect change (your first step)

Last week I shared an experiment with you. We looked at ways to read the room and tune your antennae – with a view to effective positive change in your meetings or interactions with others. I shared an experiment to help you do just that.

The article is here if you missed it.

Here are the kind of things you might notice now that you hadn’t really noticed before (or if you had – you’d not done anything about it).

People committing to things and then not doing them. As one person said ‘When I did the Reading the Room experiment it became obvious to me that commitment was lacklustre at best. I realised we need to understand why we’d got into this pattern and what we need to do with it. It’s almost become accepted that people won’t deliver on time’.

‘It made me realise how much people talk for the sake of it and don’t add anything new to the conversation. This is seriously adding to overwhelm and time wasting for...

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Watch and Learn – a Powerful way to influence change

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Think about the meetings you attend.

How many people do you know who waffle on, fill the silence, finish people’s sentences, feel the need to tell everyone how smart they are (in a round-about way, of course –all that humblebragging on LinkedIn and elsewhere!)…. What about the people who stay silent, play ‘victim’ and blame others for everything?

If there’s a hint of self- recognition there, there’s an experiment I’d love you to try. It’s all about OBSERVATION (This is your FIRST STEP).

This experiment is best done in a small meeting that you are not chairing. Ideally it would be a meeting that you attend fairly regularly.

Your role in this meeting is to watch and observe AND as we coaches like to say a lot… ‘to be curious without judgement’. The purpose is simply to tune your antennae and to practise reading the room – so that you start to notice things that would normally pass you by.

The 80/20 rule applies...

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OMG this is HUGE!

Last week I wrote about the very real fear of ‘saying it as it is’.

I had my biggest number of responses EVER!

In honesty, I’m not surprised – my Facebook Group members (nearly 1200 now) say this is one of their biggest challenges too.

‘I know I’m a people pleaser’, you said.
‘My manager tells me I’m too soft’
‘I don’t know how to raise this issue’
‘My team want me to sort it but I don’t know where to start’
‘I dread the tears’
‘I know she’ll get aggressive and deny it’
‘Is it a British thing?’ someone asked me?

(I work internationally and would answer ‘no, not necessarily!’ to that question.)

So many of us struggle to work with the tough stuff.

The good news is, I can help you with ALL of this.

If you’d like to get this sorted once and for all then get in touch.

There are a variety of ways I can help which work with your budget and...

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The very real fear of ‘saying as it is’

One of the things I struggled with as a leader (and in my early days as a coach) was being able to ‘say it as it is’.

I hear my mother’s voice (God rest her soul) in my head telling me not to ‘ make personal remarks’ and ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’.

I get it – but these messages we pick up in our early years are not always helpful to us or others as we navigate the adult world of work and life.

Now of course I’m NOT saying that we should make intentionally hurtful remarks or start behaving like mad internet trolls and being vicious, spiteful and mean.

But something gets lost in translation along the way.

I had to do a lot – and I mean A LOT - of personal work to understand that there is another way – a way to be refreshingly honest AND show empathy at the same time. My desire to please people and to be liked had a positive side. But they also stopped me from helping others...

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Got Questions? I can help

Every week I answer questions about leadership and management in my Facebook Live broadcasts. My community of Effortless Leaders (1000 and growing) has great questions and my aim is to give practical, concise answers and ideas that help them move forward.

If you’d like to be part of this community, you can join us here

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Saying No is your ‘Superpower’

Being kind, helpful and supportive is A GOOD THING.

Being at the beck and call of everyone else so that you don’t have a life is NOT a good thing. You’ll forever feel overwhelmed.

In this video we look at how to protect your time AND be available for other people.

You CAN do both.

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Meeting Madness – (please make it go away!)

Do you spend ages in pointless meetings?

Back-to- back talking shops that serve no purpose and waste our time are a BIG contributor to overwhelm.

You need tactics – for ‘meeting mastery.’

AND - an elegant way to say ‘no’ to those time-wasting talking shops that ruin your day. 

This video will show you how.

No more mind-numbing collective procrastination where nothing gets done. 

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Use your energy to beat overwhelm (A woo-woo free zone)

The Energy Effortless Connection - watch this short video all about how to maximise your high energy time AND create some doable routines.

As always, the steps are bite-sized, practical and actionable.

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Your faulty thinking is killing your resilience

As always I’m taking a break from writing new blogs in August to recharge my batteries (I try to practise what I preach) so over this month I will be sharing four of this year’s most popular blog posts with you. If you haven’t read them yet….here’s your chance!

This week it’s about resilience.

In the series I wrote on the Six Characteristics of a Resilient Team, we looked at the topics of common purpose, team norms, trust and candid conversations. 

The fourth characteristic of a resilient team is the ability to think resiliently.

I wrote about thinking traps fairly recently so I’m not going to repeat myself on that front.

But I will say this. The more teams can become aware of their own ‘faulty thinking’, particularly the faulty thinking that is eroding their resilience, the better.

One of the teams I have been working with recently had a collective ‘thinking trap’ of ‘externalising’. Blaming...
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35 Questions to help you lead effortlessly

As always I’m taking a break from writing new blogs in August to recharge my batteries (I try to practise what I preach) so over this month I will be sharing four of this year’s most popular blog posts with you. If you haven’t read them yet….here’s your chance!

This week it’s a free checklist to help you and your team.

I love a good checklist and I know that you do too.

I’ve put this one together to help you and your team get absolutely clear on what’s working and what isn’t – questions about your organisation, questions for your team and for you personally.

You can complete the checklist online.

Contact me if you’d like the link!
 
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