In recent years the study of behavioural economics has become a popular lens to view human behaviour, with best-selling books on the topic now a mainstay of most retailers. Behavioural science has journeyed from the academic world into the wider arena. As a consultant and coach, I’ve become intrigued by how behavioural economics might be applied to the arena of learning and development.Read More
Value Through Vulnerability is a podcast dedicated to putting the human back into humanity. How? By sharing ideas, opinion & challenges to improving the level of self awareness, vulnerability & inclusivity, at home, at work and in the world.
In this episode of Garry Turner’s podcast, we cover a range of topics including:
My unusual career journey and some of the lessons I’ve taken from it so far
Defining what vulnerability is and isn’t
Exploring identity work with individuals and teams
The way we present different aspects of the ‘self’ through different forms of social media
The immune system analogy when working with diversity in teams
A model to describe varying levels of maturity when it comes to diversity in organisations
Have you ever heard about how natural pearls are formed?
Me neither. If you’d asked me this up until recently, I probably would have mumbled something about oysters. It turns out that the specifics are pretty interesting. I was thinking about this amazing process recently, which had me wondering about the profession of people development, and whether any helpful analogies might be drawn.
Coaching for Innovation demonstrates the integral role that coaching can play in providing a competitive edge, by fostering the bigger thinking that leads to idea generation and innovation.
As I picked up this book, I found myself wondering whether there is a need to differentiate coaching focussed on innovation from any other kind of coaching. After all, isn’t any coaching initiative designed to foster new thinking, shift perspectives, and consider alternative approaches? Do coaches ever brand themselves as ‘creativity coaches’ in the same way some do as career or life coaches?Read More
For years I discounted podcasts, considering myself a non-auditory learner, until I gave it a try. To my surprise, I discovered that there are rich rewards to be found in the world of podcasting.
Yet with over 250,000 unique podcasts to choose from, with more than 8 million episodes available, getting started in building your subscriptions can be overwhelming!
Here are 12 of my favourite podcasts that cover the learning & development arena.Read More
I recently encountered Dan Siegel and David Rock's concept of the Healthy Mind Platter : a set of daily mental activities which make up the full set of psychological minerals that your brain needs to function at its best. A balanced diet of ingredients that help build wellness.
It left me wondering whether there could be a similar concept for learning - a Healthy Learning Platter. A set of universal learning activities which, if fulfilled to a level appropriate for the individual, allow for unstoppable learning to flourish, every day.Read More
Disclaimer: this is not a post about science fiction and infinite universes with overlapping timelines.
Although on second thought, maybe it is. I'll leave you to make up your mind.Read More
I consider myself very lucky to have been on the receiving end of some fantastic questions. Questions that help you clarify your thoughts, there in the moment. And then continue adding value as you reflect back on them.
This series of blogs is intended to curate and showcase some of those questions, which I hope we can add-to together, to compile some shared experiences and stories.Read More
2016. It’s been emotional.
Every day we wrestle with our emotions - which of them are OK to show and how can we be comfortable with them? We are told that being authentic and vulnerable are things to aspire to be, yet they are such incredibly difficult things to get right. And how do they overlap with deception and credibility? Phil Willcox joined the CIPD North Yorkshire branch to help us uncover the truth.Read More
Why do we make decisions that our future selves so often regret?
Dan Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. His main area of interest over the last decade is something he calls errors of prospection: the difficulty that comes from looking into the future and correctly guessing what will happen.
Prospection is about looking into the future, deciding what will make us happy, and pushing towards that. But we often get that wrong. Professor Gilbert's work helps explain why.Read More
Human evolution has programmed us to stop and notice things that move quickly. It's important to know that a bear is about to attack, but something like climate change doesn't often rank highly on our priority list. It's the same reason that news stories that don't develop swiftly disappear, in favour of fresher headlines.
One of the key features of this year is that it'll be remarkably similar to the year before. And an awful lot like 5 years before that. Perhaps it's won't even be that different from 20 years ago. Go back 50 years and things might start feeling a little more different, yet we'll still be using fossil fuels, transport systems will be much the same as they are today, and medicine will still be driven by vaccinations and clean water.
Most big things don't change that fast. And that can be a problem when it comes to helping people envisage (and be part of) change.
Leadership feels awkward sometimes. There's a strange paradox in wanting to be seen as 'authentic', whilst needing to behave in ways that don't always feel like they're really you.
Advancing in our careers requires us to move outside of our comfort zones. Yet, at the same time, those advances sometimes trigger a strong urge to protect our identities. That urge often arises out of fear - what if we don't perform well or measure-up in a new setting?
For me, leadership is a bit like a pair of new shoes. It's something that needs to be tried on, maybe one foot at a time. They might need adjusting, through a bit of trial and error, to expand what feels comfortable. But sometimes we can stretch those shoes a little too far, or too fast - it's always important to leave room for the fact that some might not enjoy 'wearing' leadership.
The words 'authenticity' and 'leadership' have become intertwined in recent years.Read More
Even as I start writing this blog I'm aware that I'm going to have to be extremely careful how I phrase things. If I'm not careful, it's going to sound like I just spent the best part of a week visiting a beautiful part of Asia, eating amazing food, seeing fantastic sights, and drinking ridiculously cheap beer with a talented, honest and generous group of leaders.
The problem is- all of that did actually happen.Read More
Chris Samsa, positive psychologist and senior consultant with the Neuroleadership Group delivered a riveting presentation to members of the CIPD North Yorkshire network last week. Fresh from an encounter with the Dalai Lama, Chris made the case for a positive psychology approach to support our understanding of coaching, leadership and life in general. Throughout the evening, the audience were treated to a mind-blowing assortment of fascinating insights about neuroscience - the study of the nervous system - here are five of my favourites.Read More
Many people start a business because they want the freedom to do things their way.
Once that business becomes successful, however, the pressure to grow can come from many different sources - the bank, suppliers, partners, amongst others. Very often, growth brings extra risk, the loss of control, or veering off-course when it comes to core values. And so the small business owner can find themselves torn between the conventional 'wisdom' of "grow or die" and the very principles that started them on their journey.
I've just finished reading Bo Burlingham's book 'Small Giants : Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big'. A great read, which presents a compelling case for the SME wanting to buck the corporate dogma that they should strategise towards rapid, world-conquering growth.Read More
A growing trend in the coaching world is the use of psychometrics. In a report by the Coaching Psychologist, 80% of coaches say that they use psychometric reports in their coaching practice. Psychometric tools attempt to quantify the abilities, attitudes and behavioural drivers of individuals. With the increasing expectations of coaching clients, psychometrics are an obvious contender to add value to any coaching conversation. Here are several reasons why: