Conquering fear of change

Conquering fear of change

Why do we assume that what worked against us in the past is still in play? Past experiences don't have to limit what we can achieve today. But then, personal change is not generally easy… We all develop unconscious patterns of behaviour and stick with those habits, sometimes for years, before we notice they're no longer serving us so well.

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Let those who can, do

Let those who can, do

Can-doers are easy to spot: hungry and driven, they're puzzled by can't-do colleagues. Some feast on self-belief, while others strive to succeed because they crave external validation. Either way, they jump in up to their necks, expect to swim – and often do! As Sir Winston Churchill's famously said: "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.". But is a can-do attitude really more important than aptitude?

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Be yourself

Be yourself

In a quiet moment of self-doubt, you might wonder why anyone would want to be led by you, or succumb to the temptation to think you need to become a different person in order to be a leader. Hiding behind a bold alter ego is a refuge for many an introverted individual – actors and journalists, for example, are often shy. To the coaching clients I’ve worked with who, on promotion, have quietly expressed a sliver of doubt about their ability, I've said this…

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Are you in your element?

Are you in your element?

I wonder when the switch flips, and we start trying to be good at everything as business people, losing that valuable awareness of our strengths and how they can be used to super-charge our performance? In your leadership or management role, do you feel that same sense of engagement a toddler gets when they're in their element?

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First 100 Days

First 100 Days

When you're launching yourself into the first 100 days of a significant new challenge, there’s a huge need to prioritise and achieve some early wins, because those first days in post will undoubtedly be the measure of your success. It’s when you’ll need to make strong alliances, build relationships, set boundaries, and establish ways of working. You’ll be setting direction. Being an all rounder won’t help you here. But your strengths definitely will.

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How To Inspire - In Two Minutes

How To Inspire - In Two Minutes

So you've overcome the pre-talk nerves - you're ready to connect with your audience. Now, the question is what you use that confidence for. How will you really inspire your audience? Connect with them, get them to believe in your message?It's vital that your words have the effect they're meant to, but the most well-rehearsed speech in the world won't land without this important aspect in place.

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Storytelling: your secret (neurological) weapon

Storytelling: your secret (neurological) weapon

As we honed the design for our Lead, Influence, Inspire programme, launched last month, three key questions popped up in discussions with our storytelling coach Julia Wheeler, and our personal impact coach, Richard Fallon.

The questions are perfect prompts for your back pocket, on those occasions when the stakes are suddenly very high, and you need to convince, be credible, and get people on board; with no second chances.

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When the gift of writing is a curse

When the gift of writing is a curse

The gift of writing can turn out to be a curse when it comes to speaking. We're all so hooked into the written word that it can become a safety blanket if we're not careful. We somehow feel "if I write it down, I'll be ok".

And the truth is, we won't. Whether you use long-hand notes or bullet points, the writing stage is not the way to engage and inspire people. 

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Catalyst: Once Upon A Time...

Catalyst: Once Upon A Time...

"The more I work with story in the business context, the more I see its potential – to share the strategy and priorities of an organisation, to help its leaders towards coherence and to get underneath what’s really going on.  Statistics and figures are one thing, but when you want to influence people truly, deeply and for the long term, story wins every time."

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Catalyst: What kind of leader are you?

Catalyst: What kind of leader are you?

Every great leader will have faced projects or ideas that failed. Missing a target or misjudging a strategy doesn't tell us anything about someone's capability as a leader - it just tells us they're human. The important part is whether we choose to perceive these setbacks as failures – proving our fixed view of the world – or interpret them with a growth mindset, as experiments on the way to our ultimate success.

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How To Turn The Fear Around

How To Turn The Fear Around

Dream TED spot? Final round with your Angel investors? Or introducing your new strategy to your team? Presenting your ideas to an audience is such an important part of being in business – but it's something that so many of us find hard. In today’s blog our communications specialist, Richard Fallon, shares a tip on how to transform your fear of public speaking.

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