Leadership

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Do YOU Wear A Bikini When Ski-ing?

No, me neither, but it’s not a silly question.  Or rather it IS, until you put it in context.

So what do I mean?

Well during last weeks webinar we were talking about the T.R.I.P Sat Nav System, which is a system of 4 parts for making sure the business goes where you want it to go.  In case you missed it T.R.I.P. stands for :-

Target – where are you going?  You have to have an end point, something you are shooting for.  Otherwise how do you know whether you are on track or not? How do you know what steps to take, what to prioritise, which opportunities to say yes or no to!

Route – How are you going to get to the target.  This is your map, your broken down step by step plan of the actions, KPI’s and resources involved in achieving the target.

Inspire – What we are talking about here is how do you communicate this and have you done it in a way that inspires others and where the whole team knows where they are going.  Do they believe they are going to get there and do they appreciate their own importance in making the whole thing happen?

Pledge – What I mean by pledge is – are you truly committed to the target?  Is it aligned with your values, and are you a living , breathing example of that.  Do you LIVE it every day.  If you really want to lose weight because your values are to be a great parent and be around for your kids, but you still eat chocolate all day and do no exercise you are not really living your values.

Now most people go on a ‘Tr’ and a few people go on an ‘ip’, but very few businesses go on a proper T.R.I.P.

If you go on a ‘Tr’, then you are setting goals and plans, but you are not living those every day and therefore you are certainly not inspiring your people.  So no surprise then when you don’t achieve the goals.

And if you go on an ‘ip’ – it means you are an inspiring leader and you live your values.  But without set targets and a plan, you are not going to maximise your results.  And that’s where the bikini comes in while ski-ing.

I mean, if your partner (who knows you love sitting by the pool) tells you to pack your bag you are going away for the weekend but doesn’t tell you where, then how do you know what to pack?  You may surmise that he is taking you somewhere hot because that is what he knows you love.  So, you pack your bikini.

But when you get there – you are in the Alps – because HE loves ski-ing.  And that is exactly what happens in business too.  People think they are going in one direction, and the leader thinks they are going in another, but the leader has never actually told them.

If you feel you might have a team that isn’t sure where they are going, or if you are missing targets, goals and deadlines, and if you MISSED last weeks webinar (how could you?) – then book a call with me and we can have a look at what is going on and whether the T.R.I.P. Sat Nav could help (or maybe a different part of the Team Performance Engine.

Book your invitation only strategy session HERE.

 

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Overworked, Overtired and Already Fed Up of Christmas?

There has been a bit of a theme going on this year for us. A lot of the Business Owners and Senior Managers we have worked with have found 2018 hard. One thing many of our clients say to us, when we speak to them for the first time is, “I have people in my business who are frustrating me, and preventing the business from growing”.

I can understand the frustration.

We have worked with many clients this year and shown them how to solve these problems. And our solutions are always – we are not going to give you fish – we will teach you how to fish. What I mean by that is – we can’t go into someone’s business and change the people (though occasionally that is what needs to happen).

What we can do – very effectively – is show those business owners and managers how to change THEMSELVES so that they can get the best out of managing their people. If you keep on doing what you have always done, then you keep on getting what you have always got.

Does that make sense?

And we have had some brilliant successes this year, with organisations as diverse as private schools, manufacturing businesses and public sector bodies.

The other thing that business owners have shared – is how hard they found it to get help. It is a big commitment to go out to tender with various training companies – then to put the time in to go offsite, or have trainers come on site.

And for small business owners especially finding time can be the most challenging thing of all.

So, we had a think about how we can make it easier for you to access help – without it taking up too much of your precious time or costing an arm and a leg.

And therefore – I am going to run a webinar in December which is all about how to make life easier, and get better results in your business at the same time. So that 2019 can really be your Best Year Yet, and next year you can have more fun and success in your business.

You see, what we know to be true, and the Managers and Business Owners we have worked with this year now understand, is this. Your business will be more profitable when your impact in your business is improved. It’s not about changing the others, it’s about changing yourself.

If that sounds like hard work – it needn’t be.

Join the webinar – you don’t even have to move from your desk! This is definitely for you if you have no time to attend training. This is also for you if you may need a hand to reset things in your team. You may struggle with delegating and may need help getting the best out of your teams.

If any of this applies to you, then you will get a lot out of this tip-packed webinar.

If this resonates with you email me at  [email protected] with the email subject “YES”. Then tell me the 3 things that you want to change / achieve for 2019, and I will make sure you are registered for the webinar and that we cover those things off for you.

 

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What Impact Are You Having In Your Business?

What Impact Are You Having In Your Business?

That’s a question I often ask business owners.  You see ,when it comes to managing your business and it’s challenges, what I hear a lot of the time is, “He/She didn’t do…”, “They always…”, “They never”……

But you see, 9 times out of 10, when something is going wrong, or not going right, in your business it is YOUR fault.  Or at the very least, it is your responsibility.  Because you are probably not looking at the impact you are having (or not having) on your business.

I would go as far as to say, that if you are not planning the impact that you want to have on your business then you will still be having an impact.  It might just not be the one you were hoping for.

You see, people need leaders.

Why is it that everyone in the world doesn’t run a business/join the PTA/become a motivational speaker/go into politics and get to be a minister?  Because most people don’t want the responsibility.  They want to be inspired and motivated.  They want something or someone to believe in.  They want to belong.

Seriously, one of the biggest human needs is to belong to something.  And if you are the leader – you are out there on your own.  You don’t ‘belong’ in the same way.  And for most people that is a scary and unattractive thought.

So – leaders are vital.

However, many leaders are unaware of the impact they have on their organisation.  You’ve probably had bosses in the past that were well loved, and others that were ….well…not so loved by their teams.  Now there are different styles of leadership – some more ‘friendly’ than others.  But the very best leaders are not really ‘friends’ with their staff – but they do know their employees as individuals.

And they also know how to bring out the best in those individuals.  In fact their people are their first thought in any situation.  Because they understand that without the individuals in the business performing at their peak, you don’t have a stable business.  Therefore, it is the leaders job to understand their own impact on the business.

For example, I was working recently with a manager who thought they were a great people person.  In some ways they were.  They certainly knew and understood their staff fairly well.  They had come to being a manager through the school of hard knocks – and had experienced many bad managers – who put too many demands on their teams and managed by shouting at people.  And they were determined NOT to be that person when they opened their own business.

So, instead they did everything they could to create bonds with their team.  They didn’t put too much on anyone, and they took a lot of the load themselves.  What they didn’t understand is that they were having a massive negative impact on the business.  Not only were they making their staff feel incapable (because they did all the important stuff), they were actually preventing the business from growing.  I mean there was only one of them and there are only 24 hours in the day, and you have to sleep for some of them!

Recognising and changing this meant that the people in the business felt empowered to do their jobs, which they also enjoyed more.  This freed up the owners time to do what they had a passion for – spending time with the people in the business.  Win win.

The impact they had was a positive one – their time was now mostly spent coaching and developing their team, and therefore growing the businesses capabilities and business bandwidth.

So, let me ask you what impact are you having on your business?  If there are results in your business that you don’t like or want, then maybe you are having the wrong impact.

If you would like to attend our invitation only webinar – on how to have the RIGHT impact on your business and get the results you want – email me on [email protected] and I will send you the link.

Meanwhile I am flying back to the UK tomorrow from Los Angeles – read next weeks blog to find out more about what I have been doing and how that might help your business to grow!

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3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Julie Hutchison is co-Director with Jan Sargent of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

01722 484155 or 07947 823842

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk

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Why Change Is So Hard And How To Make Changes In Your Business

Change!

It’s a scary thought for most people.  And that’s perfectly natural. Your body and Psyche is pre programmed to avoid change.  Think about it.

In caveman days, change was rarely a good thing.  The familiar was comfortable.  You might go up a tree or stand on a hill and survey your known world.  And if it all looked the same as yesterday then that’s great.

But if there was something that didn’t look right – that was likely to be a bad thing.  A herd of wildebeest heading your way, might be being chased by a sabre tooth tiger.  Or that thing that looks like the sun on the horizon might be a bush fire threatening your village.

Our brain likes to make us safe and will keep us in a comfort zone where everything is known and therefore ‘safe’.  And that is why it is so hard to make a change yourself, let alone getting everyone in your business onside to make a change.

Generally, people only make a change in a business if they are forced to, and if the NOT changing is clearly more painful than the changing.  OR if the change is going to be much more pleasurable and therefore safer.

No-one really chooses change – unless the place they are in is considerably worse than the new place they are going. That’s not quite true – I do know a few change junkie’s.  They are driven by the need for variety and fear boredom above everything.

However, most people resist change, because they fear it.

Science is a good example of resistance to change.  When the idea was espoused that the world was in fact round, most people did not accept it.  In fact pretty much everytime there is a new scientific theory or discovery – it is poo poo’d, until there is more evidence, and then suddenly it becomes the new norm and people can’t imagine why they ever thought the world was flat / there wasn’t such a thing as a black hole / space travel wasn’t possible.

So how does this apply to your business, and how you can make changes?

Well, the first thing to look at is – are there changes that need to be made that you are putting off?  If you are not making changes in your business, are you falling behind the market?  If that’s true – at some point you may HAVE to make changes, and when you leave it until you absolutely have to make the changes, then potentially it could be too late.

The key to making changes is to communicate often and fully.  If your team understand what changes are being made, why they are being made and the commitment of the business to making them, then you are half way there.

The story you tell and the picture you paint about the changes are key.  The changes need to be obviously for the massive benefit of the business and the downside of NOT introducing the changes needs to be not understated!

The most important thing though is that the change is pro-active rather than reactive, by which I mean that it is a planned change and not a forced change. If you need to make a change in your business and you are not sure how to do it, how it will be received and the right steps to take to make it happen – email me on [email protected]

3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Julie Hutchison is co-Director with Jan Sargent of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

01722 484155 or 07947 823842

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk

 

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Why Leaders Need To Put Themselves First (and what happens when they don’t)

Have you been on a plane recently?  You know when they are going through all the safety notices and they come to the one about oxygen masks?  What is the instruction there?  Well – it is to fix your OWN mask first before attempting to help someone else.  That is because if you put the mask on your child first for example, and then you fainted because you went too long without oxygen, your child would be unlikely to be able to put your mask on you.

In other words, if you aren’t looking after you, you can’t look after anyone else.

The problem I see many small business owners making is that they put everyone else first.

So – certainly when it comes to payment, everyone gets paid before the business owner.  But it’s not just that.  As the owner of the business ultimately everything is your responsibility – and so you have to deal with everything, think about everything, sort everything.  But what most business owners leave out of that equation is THEM.  They are also their own responsibility.

It is easy as a business owner, to fill your time with all the stuff that has to be done.  And being an entrepreneur, you are probably good at spinning a mass of plates at the same time.  And when something crops up that you hadn’t accounted for in your weekly plan, you are quite prepared to put more time in or more money in, or more effort in to sort it out.

But is that always the right thing to do?

In the busy-ness of dealing with suppliers, pleasing clients, handholding staff or contractors, scraping your knee to the tax man, and all the hundred and one other ‘masters’ you have in your business, what happened to the real master/mistress of the business?  Did you get lost there for a minute?

You see, you HAVE to put your own oxygen mask on first.  And even when it is completely the “wrong time” to have time off for example, you need to recognise the signs of burn out and put yourself first.  After all if you explode or implode or become ill, what will happen then?  Who gets to look after everyone else?

I was working with a client recently who was a victim of their own success.  They had started a business, and successfully grown it over several years, but now could not scale it.  It was 1 step forward 2 steps back, then 2 steps forward 1 step back and for the last 12 months there had been no real growth in the business.

Now there were all sorts of factors contributing to that, but the main one was that the business owner was putting everyone else first.  They were saying yes to their clients (even unreasonable) demands, saying ‘yes’ to their staff by providing more and more tools and support, saying yes to their suppliers increase in prices.  They were putting everyone else first.  And in doing so were on the brink of collapse.

They were on the hamster wheel, but the hamster wheel was about to break.

So, we put a plan in place.  The plan involved diarising time to think, diarising time off with the family, delegating more and focusing on the most important thing – them and their own health.

After a few weeks I got a call to say how much better things were going.  It didn’t surprise me.  Once your focus is on what you want, and how you are going to get it including looking after yourself – then you have the right focus to help others.  You can’t look after anyone if you are broken.

So – as a leader in your business (even if you are a team of one), make sure you put time aside every day for you.  Yes, every day.  Even if it is just 10 minutes for time out to think, or a once a week visit to the hairdresser or the squash court.  Take at least one full day off at the weekends, preferably two – rather than using it as ‘catch-up’ time.

Remember – no one went to meet their maker thinking ‘I wish I had worked harder’, quite the opposite.

If you need some help with the concept of putting yourself first – then feel free to drop me an email on [email protected]

3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Julie Hutchison is co-Director with Jan Sargent of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

01722 484155 or 07947 823842

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk

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I’m Getting Engaged!

No not in the way you’re thinking – that WOULD be news!   No, I mean engagement in terms of being engaged – at work.  Mostly with your team.

There has been a lot of this coming up recently in all sorts of contexts but really – being engaged and getting engagement is crucial to any kind of success in business.

You need to get engagement with your customers and potential customers of course, because the former are what provide your with the funds to carry on, and the latter are your potential future funders!

But here’s the thing.  If you are not engaging with your teams, and they are not engaging with you, then it doesn’t matter how many customers you have or may have in the future, nothing really works.

Engagement is a big deal.  Social media accounts are all about engagement  Did you know the average engagement across Facebook by brands is 0.07% and only 0.03% on Twitter.  But what are the engagement rates in your team?  Hopefully more than the above, but are they 100% – which is what we want them to be?

If not there could be a number of reason but here are possibly the top two.

  • You are not engaging.  By which I mean – you aren’t talking to your team enough.  Perhaps you aren’t sharing the vision and bigger picture stuff, so whilst they know what their tasks are – they DON’T know why they are important and where they fit as individuals and a team, in the bigger picture.  But it could also be that you aren’t very engaging.  How often do you stop to ask how your individuals are/ what they did at the weekend or have planned for the weekend?  How well do you know them as individuals?

 

  • They are not engaging because they haven’t bought in to the bigger picture. Perhaps they know what the bigger picture is but it doesn’t seem relevant to them and you aren’t talking to them in a way that makes it relevant.

You see – most people operate from a “What’s in it for me” perspective.  And if your team can’t see that anything you are saying is relevant to them, then they won’t engage with it.

Engagement and being engaged is an art.  It isn’t something that everyone finds natural in a work environment, but there are some simple techniques and tips that will help you get better engagement from and with your team.  If you’d like to know what they are email me at [email protected] and I will share them with you.

3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Jan Sargent is co-Director with Julie Hutchison of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

07947 823842 or 01722 484155

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk

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How Even Super Successful People Can Sabotage Themselves

I was recently at a networking meeting where there was a guest speaker.  I had travelled some miles to go to this meeting because I was super excited.  The guest speaker was a highly successful small business owner like me – but he was ahead of where I am – in terms of revenue – he was into the multi millions, and we are not quite at that point yet!

I met a few other people at the event and they seemed equally excited to be about to listen to this highly successful millionaire. The crowd hushed – he was introduced – he smiled and opened his mouth to say his first words……and that’s when it all started to go wrong!

You see, here’s what happened.  He spent the next 20 minutes telling us about how amazing he was.  He bragged and boasted about his lifestyle and his possessions.  I guess he thought he was motivating people, and I guess there were a few people who were excited by that, but the vast majority sat there thinking “Well it’s great you have a helicopter, but I don’t even have a car I can rely on, and you’re not telling me anything that’s going to help me change that”.

I saw people get up and leave the room.  The audience participation dwindled to a few devotees.  And afterwards at the drinks reception all I heard was “big mouth”, “show off”, “arrogant”.

And that’s a shame – because if you could get past the bragging and listen to the great information that was actually there in his presentation, then there were some golden nuggets.  I persisted because, even though I also found him difficult to listen to, I knew that he had to know some cool stuff to get where he is.  However, I totally understood why some of the other people left.  Had the guy not been as successful as he is, I think he’d had been playing to an empty room by the end.

And it made me wonder, how many other ‘leaders’ are unaware of the impact they are having.  Now I cant say for certain that this chap actually cared a jot about the impact he was having.  Perhaps he didn’t.  In which case – no problem for him.

However, if he DID want to actually offer some benefit to others.  If he hoped to inspire people to follow in his path.  If he wanted to recruit people into his business.  Then he went about it the exact wrong way.  Rather than thinking about what THEY needed to hear, he only thought about what HE wanted to say.

He didn’t understand his audience.  And that’s a problem.  If you want to lead people and expand your business, then you need to understand the people on your team.  You need to meet them where they are at.  And that is no doubt, individual for each person.

You need to show empathy and understanding.

If this man had thought about it, the people coming to hear him speak were just a bunch of regular small business owners, some more successful than others but none in his league.  What they wanted to hear was how he had once been like them, until he figured some stuff out, and then he found success. They wanted some golden nuggets for sure (which were in there), but most of all they wanted to feel understood.

They didn’t want to feel like big fat losers.  Which is how he made them feel with his approach.  They felt like he was throwing his success in their faces in a way which almost said – “Why are you playing so small?  What is wrong with you that your business can’t give you all of this stuff that I have”.

As I said – I’m pretty sure it wasn’t his intention to have that impact on them.

The other lesson here of course, is that if you are aware of others impact on you, and you can manage that appropriately then you can still get what you want out of an interaction.

Most of the people at the event seemed to have gone there to learn from this guy.  Very few did.  They allowed the impact he had on them to undermine their hopes of what they wanted from the event.  They undermined themselves!  This happens a lot.

Perhaps you have a colleague or business partner that has a certain impact on you.  That can be positive or negative.  If you do not take ownership of your response to them then you are giving away your power.

For example, I once had a colleague at work who cheered up everyones day.  He was the office piece of sunshine.  And everyone relied on him to bring the mood up.  There was one person in particular who came to rely on Charlie for their daily dose of optimism.  When Charlie moved on, this person struggled to cope.  Literally.  And they left not long afterwards.

More often the opposite is true.  Perhaps you have a colleague who drives you mad.  You might find you are spend time complaining about them, worrying about them or looking for ways to sabotage them or at least avoid them.  What you may have missed out on is their strengths (everyone has them).

I once had a colleague who got up everyone’s nose.  They were always buying the latest gadget and showing it to everyone, in minute detail!  And they were renowned for avoiding as much work as possible.  I decided I would invite them for lunch as perhaps if I knew them better, it would be easier for me to work with them.

Well, it was an eye opener.  This guy was isolated.  He had no-one in his life and the only way he got any self esteem was to buy himself all the latest stuff so he would get some attention from others.  Now I have to be honest and say he didn’t become my best friend after that lunch.  However, what I did realise was that he wasn’t lazy when it came to doing all the paperwork, it was just that his only interaction in life was with the people he met in and through work.  He also had great attention to detail and was very organised.  So, we made him ‘social secretary’.

He ended up doing a great job and changing many people’s opinion of him.  He was unaware of the impact he previously had.  But equally the team had been missing out on his skills because they dismissed him out of hand, as boring.

So, my question to you this week is – are you aware of the impact you are having?  If you aren’t getting the results you want from your team it can be difficult to objectively understand why.  Drop me a line to [email protected] and let’s book in a call where I can give you some advice on understanding the impact you are having as a leader.

3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Julie Hutchison is co-Director with Jan Sargent of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

01722 484155 or 07947 823842

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk

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Congratulations You Just Got Promoted!

Have you recently been promoted to a management position? Of course, you are feeling happy and celebratory and excited!   Or maybe not?

You see sometimes when people are promoted to a management position it isn’t as exciting or joyful as they hoped it would be.  What normally happens is that people get promoted because they are great at their job.  You are no doubt great at the job you have been promoted from, and that was a big part of why you were chosen.

The problem is that being a manager and being a technical specialist are two very different things.  And the skill set required for both are very different.

Often though, that is not factored into promotion decisions and you are just expected to somehow know how to manage and get the best out of other people.  Sometimes that’s OK, as you may naturally be a ‘people person’ and be able to get the best out of others without knowing exactly how you do it.

At other times you may have had some management training and be equipped with some of the skills required. But it is still a daunting prospect – having to manage people you worked alongside not so long ago.

And often it isn’t the (just) the management skills that are lacking – it is the confidence that you can make the transition.  I mean – these people might know rather more about you than they would do, were you a newly recruited manager coming into the company for the first time.

Perhaps there are other people who didn’t get the promotion you got and you are concerned about managing them in case they feel resentful.  Maybe you have been out drinking with the team you are now managing, and they have seen you at – shall we say – less than your best.

The fact is, that whether you lack confidence because you have had no training, or because you have previously worked with the people you are managing, there is only one solution.  And that is to decide to be confident.

Easily said I know – but it really does come down to realising that someone somewhere thought you were up to the job, and the people you are managing deserve to have a confident leader.  Now that doesn’t mean that you have all the answers, and in fact you probably DON’T yet.  And that’s OK.  Please don’t pretend you do, or feel you have to go in all guns blazing, because that wont endear you to anyone.

But do be confident, that you are meant to be in this position and that you are capable of doing a great job.

Now there are skills, techniques and tactics you can use as a Manager, that we teach in our Think, Be, Do Leadership Model.  And if you think you could benefit from some help in this area, why not book one of our free monthly strategy sessions where we will share with you some things you can implement right away to help your confidence and results as a new leader.

Email me on [email protected] and let’s get you booked in!

3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Jan Sargent is co-Director with Julie Hutchison of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

07947 823842 or 01722 484155

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk

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2 Pint Sized Children Or A Pack Of Mongolian Business Owners?

No – it’s not a trick question, and neither is this…..

Have you ever thought about doing something new but then stopped yourself, because you thought It won’t work”  or “I am not that kind of person”, or maybe “It’s just too hard”?

Well, that was me last Sunday.

A lovely woman (Monica) who I met about 5 or 6 years ago, asked me what I was doing on Sunday.

“Relaxing with my 2 small children”, was my first thought, but then she put an idea to me that I found very curious, quite exciting and a little worrying too.

She asked me; “Can you deliver some training to my group of Mongolian Business owners?”

Err… maybe.

I was to deliver a two hour webinar (originally supposed to be 1 hour but then we realised that we needed translation as only 1 or 2 of them spoke any English!) to 25 Mongolian business owners who wanted to develop their leadership skills.

Monica saw our recent webinar about the THINK, BE, DO™ principles of 3D leadership, and realised that it doesn’t matter about country or language, when it comes to great leadership principles and practice – our 3D Leadership model JUST makes good sense.

I was a bit sceptical that we would keep their interest if the language barrier was too strong (my Mongolian is not word perfect lol).  However, we gave it a go.

What I found was that I had a ball and so did they! We got over the barriers, it took a bit more effort, more patience and a bit of jiggery pokery BUT I learned that there are people we can help all over the world even if we need to make a bit of extra effort.

I also realised that we should embrace the opportunities that come our way, and be brave and look how we can make things work, rather than letting unfamiliarity become a barrier. I needed to step out of my comfort zone, and just do it.

And because I did, we now have a bunch of wonderful people who want to join our new Leaders With Impact Facebook Group, lots of people signing up to our leadership tips at www.teamperformanceengine.uk and a whole load of new opportunities in another country.

So, what opportunities are you being offered and which of those are you taking up? Are you grabbing the opportunity and saying “YES” in true Richard Branson style?  Or are you leaving it on the table because it’s a bit out of your comfort zone?

Well, here’s my invite to join our facebook group too and if you like – go get our free leadership report and tips here.

But only if it is time to step out of YOUR comfort zone !

3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Julie Hutchison is co-Director with Jan Sargent of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

01722 484155 or 07947 823842

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk

time management

You Can’t Manage Time

Have you ever been on a time management course?  It becomes very clear very quickly that the title of the course about “Time Management” is probably an oxymoron.  I mean you can’t manage time can you?

I’m guessing that you, like me, have 24 hours in a day.  There isn’t much you can do about it.  You can be more productive of course, and you can learn how and when to delegate, but you can’t make more time, and you can’t manage it.  2pm is 2pm, not 2.15!

The only thing you CAN manage is yourself.  You can learn how to make sure you spend your time wisely – doing the things that will impact your business the most.  You can learn how and when to delegate and who to delegate to, to get rid of some tasks whilst developing someone else, which will free up some of your time.

People refer to this as ‘creating more time’ but that’s nonsense of course.  You can’t create time.  But you can ‘free up’ some time.

You can prioritise your tasks so the important thing get done and the non priority tasks are dealt with in another way, or not dealt with because they don’t need to be.

And most importantly you can begin to think differently about what you are doing and why YOU are doing it.  Because of course, all change, all actions begin with a change of thoughts.

There is a bit more to it than that, but we have discovered a formula which – when you apply it to your business – will help you create a bigger and better Impact in your business by using our 3 Dimensions of Leadership. There are 3 areas that will create high performing teams in your business so that you can reclaim a day a week, be more productive, happier and less busy. Your staff will be happier, achieve more and will be an engaged team working towards the goals of your business.

I need a bit more time to really go into detail about this simple process – so if you would like to know more I invite you to spend and hour with Jan and me, next week on the 11th October, when we are hosting a webinar.

Hope to see you there

3D Leadership – dynamically enhancing the results of your business’™

At Transforming Performance, we believe that there are 6 crucial areas of Leadership: focus and direction, mindset, engagement, skills, impact and systems.

Transforming Performance can help with our Accelerate Your Business™ and Accelerate Solo™ programmes.

Julie Hutchison is co-Director with Jan Sargent of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

01722 484155 or 07947 823842

[email protected]

http://www.transformingperformance.co.uk