Play Your Cards Right
Effective business leadership begins with self awareness and self management. When we have the tools to the make the best of our inner resources we are primed for success and happiness. When we lack self knowledge we simply make the same mistakes on a different day. We "sweat the small stuff" and have no energy for what is truly important.
This half day session is interactive, experiential and highly thought-provoking.
Members take a novel view of themselves and the way they manage their most vital resource - their attention. There is a growing awareness of "the attention economy" and the idea that we have only so much attention and so we need to use it wisely. The session goes beyond intellect and emotional intelligence and examines four different "intelligences" that each of us have and how we can use them more mindfully and efficiently.
During the dialogues between members and within the group we cover topics that do not typically arise during Vistage sessions such as addiction, compulsion, inspiration, satisfaction, compassion and self awareness.
In the session we examine the four innate "intelligences" within a human being using a template that is easily memorable and profound in its applications. The template covers emotional intelligence, intellect, spatial intelligence and instinctive survival drives. When these four elements work together we are in a state of flow and when they are out of synch we suffer stress, frustration and exhaustion. Each part of us competes for our limited attention; for example, when we are off balance we try to "think our feelings"; we eat, drink or work compulsively, and when we drive a car or motorbike with our emotions at the wheel we are positively dangerous! By making more informed choices we are more energised and effective as leaders.
By framing the ideal role for each of these four intelligences we can essentially use the best tools for the job in hand and have access to more personal creative energy and deeper relationships. We also look at different levels and qualities of attention itself and how to make more informed choices about where to spend our limited amount of high quality attention while using our low quality attention for simple tasks.
We discover how each of us leans on one of these four ways of viewing the world, why we sometimes feel as if we speak a different language from our clients and loved ones and how we can take a more balanced approach.
Members take away a unique set of tools for self management and an awareness of inner resources they can call upon to be more influential as leaders. On a personal level members become acutely aware of subtle ways that they waste time and energy and how to change this. Members can make sure that each internal part of them is on "the right seat on the bus" and doing it's ideal job. At an interpersonal level members become more adept at speaking another persons language and finding an ease of communication.
If you found value in looking at different models of human vehicles in John's "Reading People" session - then this a look under the bonnet of the vehicle to see what drives us and how we can be more efficient.
Expect some surprising insights and connections and quite a few laughs on the way!"
Added September 2018.
Relationships - Follow on from Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands
Please note: this is a follow on workshop that can only be booked for those that have already participated in Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands.
Have you ever wondered why we get on immediately with some people and yet there are others that “rub us up the wrong way” before they even speak? Many of these dynamic are visceral and can be understood from the perspective of different types of people. Some types are innately complimentary and some are almost automatically antagonistic. Recognising the chemistry between types enables us to avoid pointless conflict and make the very best of our interactions. Once a group has a grounding in this potent system of human types we can take the learning further and deeper. When we know our own type and can determine the type of the other person then we can form more fruitful relationships. These relationships can be with existing or potential clients, colleagues or direct reports or our families.
This is a follow on session to “Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands” so there is a brief recap of the six basic types and a reminder of the types of people in the room. This is also an opportunity for attendees who missed the first session to catch up and get on board. We then delve into the hidden attractions and repulsions between types and explore these using historical, current and personal examples. Participants frequently report deep insight into solving tricky situations and finding more effective ways to communicate. We can learn how to treat someone how they wish to be treated – and not how we wish to be treated. There is a strong thread of humour running through the session; nothing is funnier than human nature!
Attendees come away with practical knowledge with immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. The number of "Ahas" can be extraordinary; this information is fascinating, for some it is life changing. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for. On a personal level, participants come to greater acceptance of themselves and other people. Once we see the influence one's type has it becomes easy to let go of expecting others to be different. Professionally the amount of money and energy saved when we find the right type for the job is enormous.
Added October 2017.
The Fine Art of Improvisation
The skills required to think on your feet in front of a live audience are crucial in our unpredictable world. Mental agility and emotional resilience give business leaders an edge when things don’t go as planned – ie always! This deceptively light hearted and highly interactive workshop is designed to bring the group into a state of rapid learning and self-awareness. We practice the techniques used by performers to instantly respond to changing scenarios and enter a parallel universe where collaboration rules. Our automatic habits come into sharp focus as we find new ways to cooperatively engage with change. Latent talents and intuitive senses come to the surface - these can be added to one’s palette of leadership skills.
The positive validation that comes from creating laughter using these new behaviours sets up a feedback loop evoking more collaboration to come forth. Many participants find a huge boost in self-confidence and a deeper appreciation of the previously hidden creativity of their fellow participants.
Taking the methods of improvisation back to the workplace will:
- Lay a foundation for increased collaboration
- Quickly and deeply bond and inspire a group
- Create a positive and supportive environment
An experiential process in which simple techniques are applied in a series of increasingly challenging exercises. There is laughter galore as participants are taken progressively outside of their comfort zone in a supportive, exciting atmosphere.
The skills acquired along the way are embodied and not just theorised. The personal and group benefits and challenges are explored as they arise. One side benefit is that the group becomes more bonded, open and supportive.
Participants take away highly effective tools which enable instant access to higher levels of confidence and creative thinking. They practice collaborating and problem solving in ways which compel mutual support. The group quickly shifts out of habitual dynamics, becoming flexible and more able to address uncomfortable subjects. Often the quiet ones speak up more and the noisy ones listen better! Previous participants report improved communications with others and a positive impact on morale and engagement.
This workshop is also suitable for a half day retreat.
Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands
Imagine if you knew what makes someone tick before they even speak to you.
Imagine if you knew the words and images that would inspire them to action.
Imagine having a sense of their strengths and weaknesses within seconds.
We will learn to do this using a potent system of human types which gives deep and rapid insight into people. Humanity is composed of six basic types and each type is suited to flourish in a specific environment. A simple analogy would be the make and model of a vehicle – for example a Land Rover handles itself better off-road than a Toyota Prius, but is far worse for gas mileage. So each vehicle has its own value in the right time and place. One’s type is reflected in the physical characteristics of the body - this gives this system part of its power. It is only necessary to observe certain physical clues to open a window into the psychological make-up of an individual. All this happens without the need for psychometric testing or an online questionnaire. Experienced practitioners can read a person at a deep level from across a room in seconds - without a test.
Applying the knowledge to one's self requires a lifetime.
The system is revealed in a clear and precise manner, each type is explored in detail using examples from history, participant’s own lives and contemporary culture. We look at the ideal occupations for each type – their “right seat on the bus”. Attendees can create an ideal company using the system, we also examine specific key words and concepts which positively engage each type. The relationships and misunderstandings which arise naturally between types are addressed and solutions are explored. Each participant has the option to discover their own type and look at the implications this has in their personal and professional life.
There is a strong thread of humour running through the session; nothing is funnier than human nature!
Attendees come away with practical knowledge of the system and immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. The number of "Ahas" can be extraordinary; this information is fascinating, for some it is life changing. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for. On a personal level, participants come to greater acceptance of themselves and other people. Once we see the influence one's type has it becomes easy to let go of expecting others to be different. We can stop banging our head against a wall trying to get someone to make an unsustainable change. Professionally the amount of money and energy saved when we find the right type for the job is enormous.
This workshop is also suitable for a retreat session with additional focus on relationships.