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Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Courageous common sense is the easy approach to effective leadership

Posted by Liz McKechnie

In the world of leadership training there’s a closely guarded secret and here it is: courageous common sense is the easy approach to effective leadership.

The problem here is that common sense is not necessarily very common and courage maybe less so….

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Making New Year’s resolutions about relationships and people, not things

Posted by Jessica Sedler

This year I want to focus my New Year’s resolutions on relationships and people, not things.

Yes – January is in full swing. How are the new year’s resolutions going? Did you make any?

I did. I vowed to attempt less screen time, especially before bed. I now keep my phone downstairs and read my Christmas present novel under the duvet, with a smug smile on my face. Fairly easy to tick off. And it’s this sort of stuff we decide to set goals for ourselves about isn’t it?

 

I want to lose a stone
I want to start running
I want to drink more water
I want to drink less wine…

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Zooming out – how Systems Thinking can help individual and team development

Posted by Jessica Sedler

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I see a sunflower.

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A single sunflower.

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I see the striking and familiar yellow of the petals. I see the thick stalk of a stem and the way it angles its large dark head towards the east. I see this one flower in all its glorious detail.

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I zoom out.

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I see a whole field of sunflowers. I take in the other sunflowers in the field; the earth in which they were seeded; the sky above them; the potential for sustenance and the risks to their growth. I see the whole ecosystem of which our single sunflower is a part.

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Individual growth

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At Aspire Leadership we train individuals in leadership and communication skills. And this works. It leaves individuals more aware, more skilled and more confident to go out and demonstrate effective leadership behaviours with their teams and in their workplaces.

Sometimes, the whole field is a factor in the individual’s continued growth. Individual effectiveness is important. But what happens when we send the sunflower back to its ecosystem? Might its growth and its ability to apply its new skills be limited and if so, what can we do about that?

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