Posts Tagged 'Neuroscience'

CIPD review of Leadership Assessment for Talent Development

CIPD – People Management Magazine review

THANKS TO the CIPD’s professional journal, People Management, who reviewed John Knights and Tony Wall’s top-rated publication Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, saying:

From nine leading academics and consultants comes a thoroughly modern take on judging leaders, reflecting a world in which “knowledge is increasingly available to everyone.” By necessity there’s an emphasis on broader interpersonal skills rather than strategic (in particular the idea of the “transpersonal leader” gets a great deal of discussion), but this is still an engrossing guide for leaders or the HR directors empowering them, with some excellent analytical digressions on storytelling, coaching and diagnosing executive blind spots.

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Can Mindfulness Increase Productivity?

Having drawn us away from our blackberry-addicted inattentive selves we were asked to focus on the day ahead, to be mindful of what we intended and what was involved.  We were quietly led away from immediate distractions into a deeper reality where we focused first on the simple physical realities like our breathing and then into reflection on what was important and joyful in our lives. What I feel was special about Rohan’s approach was that it was balanced between the calming and the purposeful..” Mark Goyder, Founder, Tomorrow’s Company

Can mindfulness increase productivity?

Businesses are being asked to do more for less. Many organisations are reducing staff numbers, whilst expecting remaining staff to provide the same or a better level of service. The mindful workplace is gaining popularity in leadership development and executive coaching with forward-thinking public and private sector firms such as Transport for London, Google, Harvard Business School, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the Home Office and Toyota. It has even engendered discussions in the Daily Telegraph.

Mindfulness offers new ways of thinking and working to help meet the demands of the 21st century workplace. It can help people learn to manage their own minds, to improve workplace resilience, focus and concentration, leading to improved performance and productivity. It’s like training a muscle – training attention to where you want it to be.  A large volume of research and the new body of neuroscience support its use in finding space in a frantic world.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been shown to have significant effects in dealing with challenging situations through creating a specific mental and physical state. Increasingly it is being used in companies to improve communication, reduce stress and aid creativity.  A route to this outcome is through a continuous practice of carefully paying attention, in a particular way and on purpose. Practitioners may learn to slow down or stop brain chatter and automatic or habitual reactions.

The science

Mindfulness is at the heart of authoritative clinical approaches to stress reduction and the treatment of depression.  Known as  MBCT,  Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is part of a UK national template set out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE.)   Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) follows similar principles and practices.  Other scientific evidence shows proven impacts on the mind and body, following a range of mindfulness processes.

Read more about the neuroscience and how we can learn to regulate our actions by controlling the Pre-Frontal cortex (PFC).

 

What does the programme in business involve?

Find out how mindfulness training might work within your organisation incorporating:

  • Short mindfulness session as part of a coaching or workshop session to help focus and to leave unhelpful distractions behind.
  • A programme enabling individuals to identify their own preferred mindful practices and supporting development into a positive habit
  • Longer mindfulness sessions or workshops to help embed mindful practices in a department or organisation.

Contact LeaderShape to discuss the expertise we can bring to you in this area.

In a pay freeze or job cut how do you motivate staff? And does fairness matter?

It’s surprising how we just know fairness is a crucial factor in the survival of social organisations.  Long periods of pay freeze are causing many organizations concerns. And in the public sector, morale is seriously affected by the number of redundancies in prospect.

We work to help organisations get the best out of their people. For example, we are working on employee incentive and motivation frameworks with HR clients, to help senior managers understand how threatened people feel by issues of uncertainty and a possible loss of status.

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Aboodi Shabi – ICF regional workshop review

A new initiative to bring high-quality coaching workshops to the North of England has been so successful its organisers have begun planning next year’s series!  (See details of our Feb 15th MasterClass on Team Coaching with AoEC Founder and president of the EMCC, John Leary –Joyce.)  The series has been devised and hosted by executive coaches and mentors, LeaderShape, together with the International Coach Federation (ICF.)  The first one-day seminar welcomed individual practitioners as well as corporate attendees, including from the telecoms and aerospace industries, to the renowned Work-Based Learning centre, the University of Chester.

One of the UK’s most senior coaches, Newfield Networks’ Aboodi Shabi, delivered the specialist session “The Art of Masterful Coaching – beyond a set of techniques,” to offer new perspectives to its audience.

Said LeaderShape Director, Danielle Grant: “This hands-on, experiential workshop has brought the highest level of development to senior coaches in our area.  We’ve been delighted by feedback saying this event will be “difficult to beat!”  We will try, however, as the ethos behind the programme is our belief that good intentions regarding work-based learning are often undermined by a lack of training or proper framework.  To this end, the workshop provided accreditation worth 8 CCEUs which can contribute to a prestigious University qualification, including the PGC in Coach-Mentoring and Facilitation in Organisations.  We are launching this executive level course with Chester University in 2012, to offer practitioners the greatest possible support for success.”

Aboodi Shabi, Newfield Network, 1 day coaching workshopAboodi Shabi, a pioneer and leader in the UK and European Coaching community and founding co-President of the UK ICF, said: It’s invaluable for us to be able to offer access to quality networking and training sessions in the regions to maintain the best outputs in the workplace and individual practice. Those who attend will be enhancing their skills and their ability to cascade them to others.”

CASE STUDY

The masterclass in ontological coaching examined ways to develop deep listening to allow the authentic human being to speak. Focusing practically on the world of work, the day offered both coaching and reflective exercises. Presentations and interactive study explored a framework to understand beyond presenting goals, then to move beyond coaching techniques to discover the true expression of the client. Continue reading ‘Aboodi Shabi – ICF regional workshop review’

Emotional Intelligence or Behavioural Control?

Successfully managing a difficult member of your team is a challenge. Assuming they generally behave reasonably, it could be stress overload rather than their character. 

Neuroscience is beginning to understand how our brains evolved from basic survival mechanisms through to complex “Emotional Intelligence.” Internationally known psychologist, Daniel Goleman, explains the scientific background to a common workplace concern.

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3 ways the brain creates meaning.

Three different areas of the brain help us understand words, images, feelings and the connections between them. So, how can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?

Recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom Wujec, is a pioneer in business visualization; this emerging practice uses images, sketches and data-driven infographics to help teams solve complex problems.
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Are we all hard-wired to be selfish and is ‘survival of the fittest’ our true default?

Neuroscience contradicts this mantra and shows that the empathy we feel for others can drive our understanding of leadership. When the boss gets angry, the whole workforce reacts to the tension in the room. But leaders can motivate when they connect better with staff, using collaboration as a tool for success. It’s the opposite of our belief that business only wants ‘profit at any cost,’ a view that is wrecking our social structures and our world economy.

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