A wise teacher once suggested that it requires the same amount of courage to do something difficult, whether you do it instantly or leave it until later. “Courage in the first instance, not the tenth.”. In a working world that is increasingly relational, where what we do depends on dealing with others, negotiating with others,… Continue reading Courage in the first instance
Bring to mind one of your best working moments. One of those times when you felt on top of the world, when you were just ‘flowing’ or when you felt the warm glow of success. It could have been when that new client signed up with you…..when you finally worked through a long-standing conflict with… Continue reading What we need to learn
This is a response to a post by Julie Drybrough, so it might be useful to check out her post before reading on. What I liked about her post and most of her posts is that it enlivened me and gave me an insight into what goes on for HER, rather than just blether about the… Continue reading …and empathy too!
That’s some good clickbait, huh? A friend observed “subtle undertones of humour” in my last post, so I thought I’d continue in that vein with a shameless clickbait title. Following up on that last post, I want to illustrate something that is the realm of “soft skills” (eurgh) but is far from soft: maintaining healthy and… Continue reading Seven principles to strengthen relationships at work
I once had someone suggest to me that I would not be capable of working amongst the “brutality” of business life. I listened with great interest as there might have been some truth in what they were saying. Upon extensive reflection, I considered what might be behind their comment, as it intrigued me enormously. It intrigued… Continue reading Soft skills are not soft.
Carl Sagan has said, “There is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” He goes on to say that we have “a responsibility to deal more kindly with each other.” Where can we possibly start on this mission of greater kindness and conviviality, when there are overwhelming mentifacts that… Continue reading What is sociometry?
As a sociatrist, I’m passionate about people in business developing greater ability to stand in each others’ shoes. It’s one of the cornerstones of the work we do at Quantum Shift and is central to nurturing greater health in organisations. This is often given the name “empathy”. I bristle a little, however, when I hear… Continue reading Beyond empathy
I have been inspired by Paul Slater’s excellent article this week, Getting Teams Working, to reflect on some work I’ve been doing recently with a team. A good chunk of my training and experience has been in group dynamics and there is direct relevance of this body of knowledge to organisational life. In the workplace,… Continue reading What is going on in my team?
Why do we still sometimes try to pretend that we don’t bring all of ourselves to work? We have emotions because we are human. Indeed, evolution has left us with a brain that is driven by our emotional responses to our environment. As much as we pride ourselves on our intelligence and logic, they sit… Continue reading What’s the use of anger in the workplace?
I’m currently in the process of working with a bunch of Leader-Managers who struggle to engage with each other in conversations which some call ‘difficult’ or ‘challenging’. It has been useful for me to remember that there are two strands to this phenomenon: the cultural and the personal. Just as a ladder has two main… Continue reading Think bigger about training