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Lessons for Leaders

Release Date: 02/14/2019

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Lessons for Leaders

Welcome to Lessons for Leaders.  Can you believe it’s episode 100? The goal has always been to share lessons, learnings, tips and advice and even when things got tough with it, I’ve enjoyed it more and I’m proud to be able to say I got to 100. Many of my regular listeners will know that my girls are the reason I do what I do and my eldest girl is about to make me a Granny next month so it seems like a good time to pause the episodes for a while. This last one is a very special episode, with my other amazing girl joining me at the mic to ask some of the questions you, my listeners...

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This week I'm sharing top tips and conversations that I have frequently with people in organisations to help them know how to persuade leaders to invest in wellbeing. We're covering: What to do to persuade your leaders The 3 R’s that I like to go with organisations I work with. Why we need to look at revenue in different ways and I dive into specifics here to give you a head start. How to highlight the risks to an organisation Why it’s important to include reputation in this persuasive detail too. It’s easy to say wellbeing can help to reverse employee burnout and reduce stress,...

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This week I'm joined by Gemma Woodward who is People & Culture Manager for Netsells in York.  We are talking about leadership and autonomy.  Listen in for: What are the benefits of allowing autonomy. How leaders can encourage autonomy in their teams. Where leaders get it wrong with a top down leadership and how it can affect their people and the organisation what's one key thing that people should remember about autonomy   Key comments and take-aways A top down leadership can create a fear of coming forward and fear of making mistake, their ideas and decisions might...

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What on earth is back to the floor? I start with that and why I'm covering the subject (it was inspired by my wonderful friend and leader Tina.  So I'm also covering today: Why is it important to know first hand what’s happening on your shop floor Some real life examples and stories of how back to floor worked, and how it didn’t One really, really important question to ask yourself   I share stories from my experience in corporate and Tina's feedback too to give real life examples - some are funny, some are lovely, one is a little shocking! Here's one of the key things .......

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This week on the podcast I'm talking about Why it's Worth Investing in Stress Awareness. I wonder if you've ever had a time when you've ever felt stressed and known what would help ... but not bothered to do it???? This is just one of the reason why I'm sharing information that can help you make a decision on whether it's worth investing in stress awareness.   I cover:   What is causing Stress in the workplace? How Will Stress Awareness Help Your Organisation? How Does Stress Impact Productivity? Is it Worth Investing in Stress Awareness? Ways I can support you or help for you to do...

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Two years since the UK locked down from the Covid 19 virus.  In fact pretty much the world locked down.   It changed so many things About how we live How we work Connections & communication Wellbeing – what were thankful for – fear / perspective Resilience   Have you looked back at those pictures from cities that were empty and streets that were bare?  I know I have.  There were bits that I loved, bits I didn’t love. There was a significant difference in how people viewed the lockdown.  Some loved it.  Some hated it.  For some it was...

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In honour of International Women's Day, I’m here to give ideas of ways that you can support women in leadership roles.  There can be a number of reasons why there are less women than men in leadership roles.   Data from the House of Commons found that companies led by women outperform those led by men - but despite this, we're very far from achieving gender parity in the workplace I share information about  Break the Bias Unconscious biases, opinions, beliefs are formed early in our childhood.  We learn these from family, friends, people of authority that are social...

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This week I'm talking to you about why empathy is crucial for great leaders.   I cover : What is empathy Why does it matter in leadership Whether empathy can be learned  How it can improve performance, create connections and What you can do to be more empathic.   Why empathy is crucial for great leaders and what is empathy anyway? Empathy is the ability to experience and relate to the thoughts, emotions, or experience of others.  So it's about truly feeling what the other person is feeling. You know I often talk about how we don't 'do' emotions.  But empathy is about...

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Do you find it difficult to say no to people?  Perhaps it means you end up being busy, stressed, over-committed?  Often when we struggle to say no to people it can leave us feeling used, put up-on, juggling too many things.  Are you the one who ends up working late because you’ve said yes to others, yet you’re the one with more to do?   This episode is for you where I talk about   Say no and establish healthy boundaries How to handle the fear, stress, worry and guilt The surprising reason that saying no is good for you Key phrases that you can begin to use to get...

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This week I'm sharing tips and information about De-stigmatizing Mental Health.  I share key points on:   Why mental health is stigmatized How stigma brings shame and what that looks like How it will impact on your organisation Good news on the wider impact of investing in destigmatizing Key things that you can do and examples too   When we prevent people talking openly and transparently we also prevent those who need it from having support.    Stigma brings shame.  Listen in for information about how people respond then feel ashamed and what the impact will be...

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This week on the podcast I'm talking about ways you can love your work more.

Let’s face it we spend a bit part of our lives at work and it's always so much easier when we love what we do.

There can be many reasons why we might not love what we do.  We might have fallen out of love with it for a variety of reasons.  Here's what we can do:

1.  Plan and Schedule

 When you schedule your day or week you feel like you’re in control.  You can see where you have gaps, or busy times and make adjustments.

Instead of having a massive to-do list creating overwhelm, stress or nagging feelings, your brain can rest easy knowing that time is allocated to do that job.

Each day do the biggest or most important things first.  That way you use all your fresh brain power when you need it most. 

2. Stop Multitasking

Concentrate on one thing and do it well.  When we switch from one thing to another, or get distracted with notifications and emails, the reality we’re just doing really fast switching.  It’s not the most efficient way to work and we end up tired and fed up and feeling unproductive - or that we’re working harder to get less done.  That’s just demoralising!

3.  Boundaries

You might need to change your mindset or perspective about boundaries in order to say goodbye to your desk, laptop or email.  Then you can be actively engaged in your social and leisure time.  You might be saying that you can’t afford to do this.  Well, apparently more people than ever would consider a salary cut in order to improve their quality of life.  Take action to get that better balance.

4. Be Sociable

When we spend all our time working, we have less positive interactions and less pleasant experiences.  That means less positive feel-good chemicals.  

Oxytocin - often called the love hormone, is released when we interact with touch, hugs and love.  When oxytocin is released, it reduces stress, anxiety, promotes connection and feelings of trust, which all aid relaxation!

So you might feel too tired to be social or interact with friends or loved ones, but science says it’s good for you!

5.  Get Feedback

Take step back and seeing yourself through the eyes of someone else.  Or gather information about what people value from you, and what they don’t.  That might be opening up to some feedback you might not want to receive, so you need to be brave here.  However you might be surprised at the feedback you receive.  And a bit of customer love is always helpful to boost your morale.

6. Change Your Self Talk

See more about speaking to yourself the way you would a friend.  

7.  List Your Accomplishments

Make a love book.  Gather things that show you're good at what you do.  Start with certificates, then feedback, photos,  letters of achievement, the congrats letters etc.

Feeling good about yourself helps you to love yourself and your work more.