Thinking Differently – Join our online workshop

 

What good are lots of ideas unless you move to action? Simon Coker takes a locked-down look at how you can focus on finding the right ideas to put into action.

Join us for an online workshop looking at “Thinking Differently” on Thursday at 1.00 pm.

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Thinking Differently – Join our online workshop

 

Generating creative ideas in business is not difficult. We can all do it if we follow three simple steps – understand the status quo, challenge the rules, and get into open mode.

Register for our workshop on Thinking Differently on Thursday 30th at 1.00 pm.

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Thinking Differently – Join our online workshop

 

The call to “think differently” doesn’t always land well. People might want to avoid looking daft. Maybe they simply don’t see themselves as being creative or maybe they think they are already doing their best. Surely this is a time when we need to innovate more than ever and the good news is that anyone can think differently.

All we need is a clear sense of “Why”, a bit of structure, and an appetite for change.

Simon Coker shares his thoughts on how you can frame the need for change and start to engage the full talents present in your team. We are running a free online workshop on Thursday 30th at 1.00 pm. It would be great to have you there.  You can register here: https://lnkd.in/gCQ9cNk

Thinking Differently – Free Workshop

Being able to think differently is a huge asset right now. As we look for answers to what our business will look like in the future, we need to make sure that we are fully tapping into peoples’ creativity and that they feel supported to experiment and try new things. We are holding a virtual workshop on thinking differently – Thursday 30th April at 1.00 pm. We would love to have you there. Please share and click on the link below to register.

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Commitment by Simon Coker

 

Following on from a team having the necessary trust in each other and embracing constructive conflict as a positive behaviour of a healthy group, commitment is moving from difference of opinion to everyone involved being behind the decision that has been made.

 

Two things that help that happen are firstly it being clear what decision has been made and secondly everyone to be supportive of that decision – whether or not it was their initial first choice.

 

When we start to think about this behaviour the value of trust and conflict become apparent.  People need to trust each other to feel psychologically safe enough to disagree.  Without this safety and the robust conversation that it facilitates, people don’t get to express honest opinion and feel that they have been heard.  To get real commitment to decisions we need to feel things are being done with us rather than to us.  So, make sure everyone is involved in the virtual conversations you are having.

 

When working at a distance, partly due to the constraints of the tech, conversations can more easily get muddled.  Being clear on what is being discussed (and what is not!) in which meeting, and having distinct meetings for different topics (strategy, tactics, commercial etc.) will help avoid that confusion of “What are we here to discuss?”, and the resulting disengagement.  Clearly articulating what has been decided and why (having listened to everyone’s input!) as well as confirming key outcomes in writing post-meeting will add clarity – better to look back and say we probably over communicated a bit than under communicated.

 

The complexity and ambiguity we are experiencing in Covid 19 times can easily stall commitment.  When there is so much uncertainty flying about it can be easy to shy away from committing to decisions and fall into paralysis by analysis.  Actually, it’s unrealistic to be 100% certain on what is the right course of action just now (if it ever is), so waiting around for that certainty is counterproductive.  Performing teams and leaders can notice and avoid that scenario by recognising when it is better to make and commit to a decision with the information we currently have, than to flounder in the hope that certainty will somehow arrive.  It is always possible to commit to a different course of action in the future if necessary.

 

Commitment to the team decision, build on trust and constructive conflict, keeps the team aligned and builds the sense of in it together.

Trust by Simon Coker

 

Humans are social creatures; our strength is in our connections with other people.  The trust in those connections is the glue that holds teams together.  As such “social distancing” is at odds with something at the very core of who we are as people and unchecked will jeopardise the ability of teams to perform.

 

With people at home surrounded by the uncertainty of what is going on around them and disconnected and isolated from their networks, our feelings of vulnerability are likely to be dialled up a notch or two.  And when we feel vulnerable what do we do?  We go defensive and protective and we feel scared, and in that storm it’s hard to trust.  We need to really know that people have got our backs, we need to really trust that they are there for us.

 

Without the physical presence we are accustomed to, it is easy for gaps to open up in the trust team members have with each other and that is the start of a slippery slope.  On the other hand, have each other’s back through the difficult times and you’ll emerge stronger than ever.

 

When we talk about trust we are talk about vulnerability-based trust.  i.e. deciding that something I hold to be of value is safe with this person in this situation.  In this current climate leaders need to be stepping up their effort to trust and be trustworthy, give and hold those things of value.  Connect with people to recognise and acknowledge the challenges and difficulties.  Accept and communicate the uncertainty (no-one has all the answers at the moment, and everyone knows it) but let people know we are in this together and will work through it together.

 

As we settle into the foreseeable, to build trust, reframe your role from working around social distancing to building social connection while physically distanced.

Thriving in a Crisis – Commitment

In the third film in our mini-series on how teams can thrive in a crisis, Simon Coker looks at what leaders can do to make sure that their teams really buy into decisions. At a time when clarity and commitment are vital ingredients, this is a great skill to work on.

We are holding a free virtual workshop looking at “How teams can thrive in a crisis” on Tuesday 14th at 1.00 pm. We would love to have you there. You can register using this link: https://lnkd.in/dRkGjrn

 

Thriving in a Crisis – Conflict

“Conflict”- the second in our mini-series on how teams can thrive in a crisis. David Robertson looks at how leaders can encourage quality debate and drive engagement. Join us for our virtual workshop on April the 14th at 1.00 pm.

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Thriving in a Crisis – Trust

Trust is the glue that binds great teams together. In a crisis, especially when distancing is the new normal, we must work very hard to build and maintain trusting relationships. In this short film, Simon Coker talks about what we can do to make sure that our teams continue to thrive while working remotely. We are sharing a series of short films in the next few days, building up to an online workshop on the 14th April at 1.00pm.

In the session, you will be able to talk with peers and take away usable ideas for successful leadership and teamwork in a crisis. Click on the link to register and please share. We look forward to seeing you next week. Stay safe.

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Thriving in a Crisis – Introduction

We have been speaking to leaders from different sectors to understand how they are setting their teams up for success in these fluid and uncertain times. Their stories are inspiring and practical. We will be sharing a series of short films in the next few days, building up to an online workshop on the 14th April at 1.00pm.

In the session, you will be able to talk with peers and take away usable ideas for successful leadership and teamwork in a crisis. Click on the link below to register and please share. We look forward to seeing you next week. Stay safe.