Wednesday 8th May 2019

Dear Guest

Last Saturday I went to an amazing workshop put on by my old friend Benjamin Fry. If you want to really understand what emotional distress is and how to rid yourself of it you've got to read his new book "The Invisible Lion". If you haven't bought my book yet (what?!?!) you can listen to my podcast or watch my youtube channel. You can find both on the homepage of my website or at itunes, spotify and YouTube. This week's episodes cover Creating the Space to Check-in (with yourself, emotionally), which overlaps a bit with Benjamin's work. One thing he mentions that I don't is the importance of doing a 5 minute body scan to keep grounded and de-stressed. Try it now!

Quote of the week:  "I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people." - Mohandas Gandhi



My pick of the week's reading for business & HR leaders

This week's most essential read:

"To thine own self be true" wrote the great bard. We know we have to be but sometimes its hard. This powerful article explains why its so important; why we need to work on it; and how to do just that. Here's just three of the ten:

  • You honor your needs and say no to requests that conflict with them
  • You focus more on your own values than what society deems acceptable
  • You allow yourself to evolve and let go of what you’ve outgrown
How true are you to your true self?

This week's next best five:


The Harvard professor behind the vital concept of psychological safety applies it to the recent tragedies affecting Boeing planes.She highlights the importance of:

  1. Employees speaking up
  2. Managers actually hearing them

She then suggests practices to help:
  • Explicitly setting times, places, and structures for team members to speak their minds
  • Making these happen frequently, so the “ouch” is diluted and people become accustomed to lively back-and-forth
  • Setting rules of engagement, with broad input, and writing them down as a set of norms that becomes part of everyone’s lexicon

How psychologically safe is your organisation?

This great article from McKinsey looks at agile organisations, summarises their characterustics, and asks whether the way you performance manage needs to change, and then suggests how you can answer questions from employees such as:
  • Why do I need individual goals when the locus of organizational performance is my squad, chapter, and tribe?Who will coach and evaluate me when I have no boss?
  • How can my evaluator understand my performance when he or she doesn’t see my work day to day?
  • How can we maintain a team spirit while still fairly differentiating the highest- and lowest-performing colleagues?
Is your business agile? Does it reflect this in how you manage performance?

A very informative piece of research looking at what we know about coaching success.The key points are:
"Coach-client trust, coaching motivation, and client self-efficacy are most consistently linked with workplace coaching success in current empirical research on coaching.The influence of feedback, coach-client similarity, and supervisor support is less clear."
At CDP we offer our Delta360 app which tracks the impact of our coaching and so allows clients to evaluate ROI.

An interesting contribution to the debate over shorter working hours. As regular readers will know I am a fan of the 9 day fortnight which I think is a great compromise. I believe that taking that extra day every 14 to rest and recharge would lead to happier and more productive employees.As this study shows: "Flexible working hours almost never had an adverse effect on performance".
What do you think?

This short piece from "vulnerability" TED talker Brene Brown reminds us of why and how we need to approach tricky conversations:
"When someone says, “Let’s rumble,” it cues me to show up with an open heart and mind so we can serve the work and each other, not our egos.Open hearts and open minds are critical if we want to be brave. Remember, it’s not fear that gets in the way of courage – it’s armor. It’s the way we self-protect, shut down, and start posturing when we’re in fear."

Other great content you might be interested in from this week

This week's taster of my book...

"The seminal work by French philosopher Henri Lefebvre elucidates three types of ‘space’: the physical (nature, the cosmos); the mental (including logical and formal abstractions); and the social. For me it was the contrast between two manifestations of the first type of space – the vastness of the African landscape and the claustrophobia of Katya’s office canteen – that had set off my thinking in the first place. But Lefebvre shows that there is more to space than just what we see. His second type – the mental – relates to that unique, subjective sense each of us makes of physical external reality. This idea is linked to a concept I will explore later, that of the ‘inner world’. The final type of space – the social – is the space between ourselves and others, the space we create with each other. Again, this is something I explore later when I explain the concept of ‘third space’. All these different types of space interact with each other in complex, infinite ways – where we are, who we are with and what we perceive of the situation. Lefebvre’s three-part definition helps clarify that space is not just another way of saying ‘time’, linked and important though that is. It also gives depth to the notion of ‘creating space’. We aren’t just creating space to ‘fit more in’, we are actively creating our own personal version of space: the place(s) within which we live."
Introduction, page 9

and finally ...

Love this!


I’d love to hear from you about the items in this bulletin or anything else, particularly great content you’ve seen that I could include in future: If you think a friend or colleague would find this interesting, then forward this bulletin and they can sign up here

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