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Beyond the words

Do you ever think about what you’re saying to others when you’re not speaking?

Whether or not you agree with the notion that it’s how you say something rather than what you say that matters, one of the most widely referenced statistics in communications today is Professor Albert Mehrabian's communications model, the overly-simplistic interpretation of which is that:

  • 7% of meaning is in the words that are spoken.
  • 38% of meaning is paralinguistic (the way that the words are said).
  • 55% of meaning is in facial expression.

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Posted on Thu, December 10, 2015 in General Leadership Personal Development

The art of delegation

The ability to let go can be one of the hardest things to learn, especially if, as a leader, you consider yourself to be a perfectionist and perhaps live by the old adage, ‘If you want a job done right, do it yourself! This, my friend, will send you swiftly along the path to burnout! 

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Posted on Thu, October 22, 2015 in General Leadership Personal Development

Reading the room

Have you ever wondered why you and your team get along so well when you communicate in a group? Or, perhaps why you don’t for that matter?

The reasons why certain sequences of behaviour take place in groups and why particular boundaries and rules might affect conversations are complex issues and having a good understanding of group dynamics is essential when it comes to successfully leading your team.  

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Posted on Thu, September 17, 2015 in General Leadership Personal Development

The power of pause

During one of the workshops I regularly facilitate, participants take part in a storytelling exercise where I ask each individual to speak for one minute. We’re very strict on timing - one minute exactly – and they can choose from three different topics. And the point is…?  Well, we use the exercise to feed back to each other and discuss/explore the different things people find compelling.

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Posted on Fri, August 14, 2015 in Coaching General Personal Development

Does practice make perfect?

Now here’s a question to start a healthy debate. As a statement, it’s something some of us may remember hearing growing up as we struggled to balance on that scooter or splashed frantically to stop ourselves from sinking to the bottom of the pool.  Indeed, many would argue that yes, practice does make perfect. 

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Posted on Thu, July 16, 2015 in Coaching General Personal Development

Getting ready for the next big step

The promotion process – manoeuvring your way through it successfully is hopefully an experience you will encounter on more than one occasion throughout your career. You’ve put in the hard graft to get here; shown you have what it takes and earned the right to be in the running.

Then comes that all-important call. You’ve done it! Goal achieved. Tick. So what now? Celebrate? Of course. And then what?

Have you considered how you’re going to show up now that you find yourself in this space? Perhaps you’ve taken the leap from Manager to Director or Partner. How will things develop or change for you? 

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Posted on Thu, June 18, 2015 in Coaching General Personal Development

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