Posted in Bite size learning, Change management, coaching, mindfulness

Changing your outlook…

This morning I heard tweet of the day.

Radio 4 at 6.00am plays a recording of a different type of bird introduced by different broadcasters.  This morning I awoke to the sound of a Little Egret.

The tweet was introduced by Clare Jones who explained she was in her early 20s and had fallen into a job at the RSPB (Royal Society Protection Birds). She was looking out of the window and saw a little white bird.  When she asked what the bird was a colleague informed her it was a Little Egret.

When she got home she looked up the bird to understand more.  The Little Egret was nearly extinct 100 years ago, if it were not for four Victorian women who took on the plumage trade.  The Victorian fashion was getting out of control with more elaborate and exotic feathers being used and the Little Egret’s white feathers proved particularly popular.

These four women went on to establish RSPB.

Clare Jones finished her tweet of the day with

“Something so small can change your whole outlook on life”  

I drove to a coaching session today with the story still in my mind.  I was not going to take on the plumage trade (now a thing of the past), however what can I do today, tomorrow and the next day which will make a difference…

Please contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk for a learning workshop or 1:1 coaching.

 

 

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Posted in Bite size learning, Decision Making, Management, mindfulness, Stress management

Making email work for you…

When information needs to be given quickly, there is no better way than by email.  Unfortunately, with the benefit of speed come some problems that are not always predictable.  Employees need to all be consistent in the way they engage with email and ensure that it is true to the values of the organisation.

Overall you should lead your in-box rather than be led by it.

How to take control?

  • Book an appointment with it
  • Ring fence the time you spend on the email
  • Create 3 subfolders and put a #before the title so that they stay at the top
    • #Action
    • #Waiting for
    • #Read review
  • Take the alert off, so you choose to go in, not “it” inviting you
  • Remember email is not a to-do list
  • email is “real” work integrate it appropriately
  • The signature should be clear and accurate and all communication devices
  • Take action immediately where you can
  • Unsubscribe there and then
  • Be realistic – zero in-box does not work for everyone

“Anyone with an inbox knows what I’m talking about.  A dozen emails to set up a meeting time.  Documents attached and edited and reedited until no-one knows which version is current.  Urgent messages drowning in forwards and cc’s and spam” – Ryan Holmes

For a 90 minute workshop on making email work for you, please contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk for more courses tour our website www.nuggetsoflearning.co.uk

Posted in Bite size learning, Goals, Leadership, Management

Objective setting…

“What gets measured gets done…” Tom Peters

Objectives setting should be seen as an important exercise and not just an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.

The scene needs to be set that everyone is involved and that they set their own objectives. Everyone needs to “Begin with the end in mind” – Stephen Covey, what do you want to achieve and how will you feel if it happens.

You need to get excited at the direction the objective could take you in. This will occur by taking an inside out approach, already imagining “What will be happening…?”

Also to understand the relevancy of the objective you need to reverse the psychology “What won’t be happening if I don’t set this objective?” This tells you whether it was realistic in the first place.

Stretch objectives takes us just a little further from our comfort zone this means we appreciate and value the effort to achieve. Setting an easy objective leads to complacency and does not move our performance within an organisation.

Objectives provide a story and a history of progression without them it is a book without chapters.

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Posted in Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Relationships

Knowledge Vs Wisdom

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit and wisdom is knowing that it does not go in a fruit salad.

Knowledge is your IQ (intelligence quotient), your data and facts that you have acquired.  Wisdom is your EQ (emotional quotient), the application and , how well you do something and it is appropriate.

Therefore going into leadership we need more wisdom than knowledge and we must not be intimidated by millennials with bags of current knowledge.  Wisdom is maturity of the mind, knowing what works and what does not work.  As parents we can steer our children’s behaviour by dipping into our wisdom far more than knowledge.

  • Knowledge is knowing how to manage your money by budgeting, spending and saving
  • Wisdom is understanding how money impacts the quality of your life and your future

If you were to use knowledge vs wisdom as an equation to everything you do as the example above demonstrates, you can evaluate the knowledge accumulation.  Where will knowledge take you and how will you apply it.  We sometimes do tasks for the sake of doing them, recording expenditure is a good example.  If you never apply any wisdom to the sums recorded you will not have used knowledge and wisdom as a formula.

Knowledge is a tool, and wisdom is the craft in which the tool is used

Leadership is leaning far more towards wisdom, applying and just knowing whether something is right or wrong.  Past life experiences will determine whether an individual is taking the best path.

Knowledge is knowing what to say and Wisdom is knowing when to say it.

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Posted in Bite size learning, Emotional Intelligence, mindfulness, Time management

Killing time…

 

Most people complain about not having enough time, so why would you ever need to contemplate killing time.  All good time management courses get you to fill the time you have and be prepared for transition time so there really are no voids.

When some-one else’s agenda is forced upon you and they are in position where they have nothing to do in the space you “kill time”.

Initially if you are slipping off a busy agenda you mentally fight the imposed time you have been given to waste.   We adjust slowly and there is now so much visual stimulation that do we ever totally switch off.  The phone is a constant link to another place and time you could be at the moment when you are supposedly doing nothing.

Managing time is all about managing our own behaviour and another choice as to whether we choose to kill time and relax into it.

Time as a definition is “A non spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future”.  We can accept the flow from past/present to future or we can mourn the passing of time.

The most positive approach might be:-  “Don’t count every hour in the day – make every hour in the day count”

Please look at our website www.nuggetsoflearning.co.uk for 90 minutes of learning on managing time or contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk

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Posted in Bite size learning, coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, personal impact

Behaviour Vs Attitude…

We can only comment on what we see, not what we think is driving behaviour. So an example would be:-

Alice always appears very unhelpful when people enter the department, she never welcomes anyone.

We could make an assumption that she has a bad attitude. However we must only give feedback on the observable. Our personality is made up of values, skills, beliefs and attitudes we have collated to be our unique self.

Alice needs feedback on just behaviour that we can see:-

Alice I have seen that every time anyone enters the department you never look up, you never make eye contact with them or say anything”

 We would hope that Alice might explain, she hates being at the front desk, she has always been shy, she did not realise it was a requirement or she said sorry and was keen to do it differently.

Think about the balance between a behaviour and an attitude, what is behind and what is driving it. You often notice more when some-ones behaviour is not in sync with their usual demeanor.

A very handy mnemonic to keep you on the right track (“SBI”):-

S – Situation – what can you see happening?

B – Behaviour – what are they doing, only observable?

I – Impact – what do they think could be the impact of this behaviour?

It is always better if an individual can self assess their behaviour, no-one likes to be told where they are going wrong.

Please do get in touch if you would like your team to have a workshop on feedback.

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Posted in Bite size learning, coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Goals, motivation

Moving forward…

Employee engagement drives bottom line, however what does engagement mean and how do you help employees connect with the company.

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer co authored the book the Progress Principle which explored the question of when people are motivated and engaged at work.  They recruited 238 people across 7 companies, and everyday they completed a diary entry and a questionnaire.  After 12,000 days worth of data Amabile & Kramer drew conclusions from the information.

The most conclusive result was that people are most motivated when they are making progress on meaningful work.  The most powerful thing to excite, engage is moving forward even if it is a small win.  That is the progress principle.

The terminology the pair used in their book was “inner work life” – what moves you forward?

What was the most startling find was a negative impact can be 2 or 3 times more damaging than a positive move forward.

We therefore need to be most aware of our nourishers and our toxins.  These can be people and also environments.  Think about a place where you are really productive and a place with the opposite effect.  We make the choices as to where we spend our time and we need to ensure that we look after ourself by the environment we work in.

How do you keep yourself moving forward?

  1. Stay focused – know what you want to achieve
  2. Track small wins – write down what you want to get done
  3. Spend at least 30 minutes each day on meaningful work

How do Manager’s apply the Progress Principle?

  • Catalysts – Share clear goals, with milestones and quick wins along the way
  • Autonomy – Empower team members to take initiative and responsibility
  • Resources – Provide the right materials at the right time
  • Human support – Being there

Please do contact nuggets for a workshop on “Understanding your Motivation”

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