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May 27, 2020 | Team cohesion
In this video, Liz highlights the importance of trust on a team and explains the crucial difference between predictive trust and vulnerability-based trust.Teamwork has never been more important than it is right now. No team is going to come through this period of...
May 13, 2020 | Effective leaders
In this video, Liz addresses the priority of leaders learning how to take care of themselves, by using an adaptable problem-solving and time time-stress-management tool. Your leadership has never been more important than it is right now in this covid-19 crisis. In...
Apr 19, 2020 | Effective leaders
We have just had our lockdown period extended by at least another three weeks here in the UK and there is the temptation to give in to the lamentation, “when will this ever end?”. But it’s important for us all to remember that this too shall eventually pass. And while being on lockdown certainly has its challenges, it also presents us with some precious opportunities too. Most importantly of all is the opportunity to reflect on which parts of our pre-lockdown life are worth picking up again once this is over.
As I reflect on the last couple of weeks, I am reminded about Tuckman’s stages of group development, i.e. forming, storming, norming and performing. Although Tuckman was saying this in the context of teams, i.e. that these phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for any team to grow, face challenges, tackle problems, find solutions, plan and deliver results, I personally think they apply to this new way of working we have been catapulted into.
The role of the leader has never been more important than it is right now in this time of great uncertainty. The truth is, your people are looking to you to lead them through these turbulent waters. They will remember how you handle this situation far more than they’ll remember how you handled ‘business as normal’ in times gone by. The moment is now for you and for me to step up and be the leaders our spheres of influence need us to be.
Remote working is not a new phenomenon. However, with the spread of the coronavirus, workplaces worldwide have been catapulted into this reality overnight. And as more and more offices go on lockdown with their people having to work from home, leaders need to learn pretty quickly how to effectively lead their teams virtually. I would like to give you some of my own thoughts on virtual team leadership over the next few months to help you navigate this unchartered territory.
Mar 4, 2020 | Effective leaders
Resilience is a vital quality for effective leadership. I’d like to share a few thoughts with you on what it is and three ways you can cultivate it in your own life so you can take your leadership to the next level.
Jan 13, 2020 | Strategic clarity & alignment
Whether you’ve set your goals yet for 2020 yet or still need to, I’d like to encourage you not to settle for SMART goals, but to rather make them SMARTER.
Dec 17, 2019 | Effective leaders
As we come to the end of another year, it is a good leadership practice to set meaningful SMART goals for the year ahead. However, I find that many leaders forget one crucial step before embarking on this exercise. And that is, doing business with the past first. You see, to give yourself the best chances of success in your future goals, you have to start well. And to start well, you need to finish well.
I had the privilege of attending a talk this morning by Ana Loback, Managing Partner of Turning Point. She spoke about something that, in my experience, most leaders have grappled with at some point in their careers and that is, success and imposter syndrome. It’s such an important topic that I thought I must share it with you…
Sep 10, 2019 | Strategic clarity & alignment
I don’t know about you but I returned from my summer holiday a few weeks ago to hit the ground running…and running fast! Last week, in particular, I felt a bit like a deer in the headlights as one after the other the emails, phone-calls, meetings, errands and decisions, both at work and at home, came speeding towards me. As I reflected on the last few weeks, the wise words of Stephen Covey came to mind…
As leaders, we are constantly looking ahead at how far we still want to go and how much we still want to accomplish that we often forget to pause and reflect. It feels wrong to look in the rear-view mirror when we are accelerating forwards towards our goals. But reflection is one leadership practice that can actually accelerate our progress if we only make the time for it.
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