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Regularly updated – the Co-Creation Team will be sharing insights on a variety of topical, relevant subjects relating to:

  • Leadership
  • Coaching
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Change
  • Mindsets
  • Positive Psychology
  • New ways of working in this VUCA world;And a range of helpful resources designed to inform and support HR Professionals. See below for our library of informative articles and watch this space for recurring updates.

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Your First 4 Steps to Essential Leadership Skills in 2022 and Beyond

The world in which we live today is vastly different from the one that existed even just a couple of years ago. Leadership has never been one-size-fits-all. Neither is it simply just about having a particular leadership style, an inspiring vision and superb...

How do you find life meaning and purpose?

Paying attention to what we feel strongly about, and being curious and experimenting with our experiences of life and work can help us identify what gives us meaning and help us point this towards a purpose of our life and work What is the point? Do you ever find...

What Science Teaches Us About Ourselves and Work

Sometimes it feels like 21st century life is at odds with being human, doesn’t it? Take work, for instance. The fundamentals of our working lives have changed and continue changing, ever more profoundly and rapidly. However, recent economic and technological...

6 Ideas for Developing Healthy Workplace Conflict

Ever been in a meeting when one person says one thing, another person says something opposite and there is that awkward moment of silence? How about when you read an email where one person shares a point of view and someone else has replied with an opposing view – do...

Co-Creation Blog : How to create a positive mindset and embrace change

Chinese philosopher Confucius once said "If you are positive, you'll see opportunities, instead of obstacles." Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there's no doubting the magnatude of the impact the pandemic has had on our lives. According to the Office for National...

Co-Creation Blog : The Mindset Paradox

If you’re responsible for delivering development solutions in your organisation – a leader, coach, mentor, or trainer perhaps – you will already know something valuable to your organisation: Mindset determines learning outcomes. Now I don’t mean to denigrate the...

Co-Creation Blog : The Human Element of Managing Change

For many years we’ve been talking about the increase in the pace of change and recently had worldwide change forced upon us due to the Covid19 pandemic. With significant and (sometimes) tragic consequences. Whilst we can’t always plan for a global change event, we...

Co-Creation Blog : Boosting your Mental Health and Wellbeing

Am I doing it well enough? Should I be doing more? What will other people think? ‘It feels selfish to put myself first, when others need me more? I just need to work harder and longer to get it all done. I just need to get to the weekend/holiday/day off. Why am I so...

Co-Creation Blog : 7 Simple Ways to Continue Learning as an Adult

Learning is about reaching your full potential as an individual. It is nourishment for the mind, body and soul and it’s all around us. Continuous learning is part of life’s journey and is key to personal development and growth. By welcoming it with an open mind, you...

The Leadership Revolution!

When Ralph Stacey published “The Post Truth Era” in 2004 he reflected on how Truth had changed over the past 50 years. How our view of Politics, Education, Media, and Celebrities had radically changed after WW2. He proposed that as a human race we had witnessed many...

How to Turn Learning New Ideas into Action!

How to Turn Learning New Ideas into Action! You’ve recognised the need to adapt to changes in your industry and you’ve decided to implement your own change programme in response. Like many organisations, perhaps you’ve created or bought in some training to allow you...

The Power of the Positive Mindset

One of my friends asked me a question today. “Hey Kath, what’s the best bit of kit you own?” That set me pondering a little. I am after all a triathlete and I own loads of kit, cupboards full of it, queen of “stuff” so is it my trainers, nope; my wetsuit, maybe; my...

7 Ways to Defeat Stress

It’s been quite a year, and 2020’s not quite over yet.  For many of us, COVID has brought turmoil and stress across many areas of life: family, our wellbeing, new ways of working, relationships, finances and more.  Research into the mental health impact of...

‘Tuning In’ to manage your emotions to be your best self!

I was hoping to write this blog in a quiet place where I would have the space and time to think with no disturbances. A peaceful place surrounded by beautiful flowers and a flowing river would be perfect for me.  I need time to myself and a place where I can...

COVID to CLARITY

In my work with leaders over the past 2-3 decades, I have had a series of opportunities using tried and tested business tools to enable leaders to deliver their Strategy successfully. This work has been highly engaging and rewarding for myself and leaders. 2020 has...

Presenting with Impact Virtually

More people are using video platforms to communicate and present to their clients and colleagues. Some may have prior experience of presenting face-to-face, yet considerations should be taken into account when presenting virtually. For instance, maintaining eye contact essential when trying to communicate effectively and reinforce key messages for your target audience. Initially, this may feel uncomfortable, but with practice, presenters will become more accustomed to focusing on the lens, rather than thumbnails of their attendees. Moreover, when presenting in person, it’s considered good practice to project our voices to present ourselves as authoritative, credible and confident figures. This gives the messages that we’re communicating credibility. This concept is also relevant in virtual presentations; therefore, maintain a strong, clear voice as if you’re in a physical conference room. Preparing an effective space is also contributes to effective auditory performance. For instance, soft furnishings reduce echoing and maintains the focus of the audience. It’s also important to consider visuals when conducting a video call; position yourself, accordingly, i.e. fill your screen with your head and shoulders. Also, ensure that the background isn’t cluttered. Not only can this distract your audience, messy surroundings could be considered unprofessional. Finally, don’t view the chat window as a tool that’s exclusively for Q&A. Use the feature to share documents, links, or agendas with your audience.

Why our Mindset Influences our Experience of Change and What to Do About It

With COVID-19 having a profound impact on the world of work, leaders need to keep their teams motivated and maintaining the required performance levels. A motivated team brings an abundance of qualities to a company, including commitment, morale, efficiency and skills gained via personal development opportunities. With circumstances changing significantly since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, leaders need to demonstrate adaptability to prevent workers from adopting a fixed mindset, rather guiding them to the path of possibility, whereby opportunity and positivism are prominent. As identified by McGregor and Doshi, there are negative motivators that can hinder motivation: economic pressure, economic pressure and inertia. Nonetheless, there are positive motivators that can override the influence of the aforementioned factors: play, purpose and potential.

Four Pillars of Motivation

In this blog we will be looking at how to maximise your team’s performance as we begin to emerge from the crisis caused by COVID-19. We will be looking at this topic through four lenses suggested by McGregor and Doshi (2015). They are: Commitment Morale Efficiency...

Motivation – Maximising Your Team’s Performance

With COVID-19 having a profound impact on the world of work, leaders need to keep their teams motivated and maintaining the required performance levels. A motivated team brings an abundance of qualities to a company, including commitment, morale, efficiency and skills gained via personal development opportunities. With circumstances changing significantly since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, leaders need to demonstrate adaptability to prevent workers from adopting a fixed mindset, rather guiding them to the path of possibility, whereby opportunity and positivism are prominent. As identified by McGregor and Doshi, there are negative motivators that can hinder motivation: economic pressure, economic pressure and inertia. Nonetheless, there are positive motivators that can override the influence of the aforementioned factors: play, purpose and potential.

Resilience and Wellbeing

Resilience and wellbeing have been challenged since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet there are ways in which we can adopt a holistic stance and build our self-confidence. For example, the Path of Possibility inspires positivity whilst adopting a Growth Mindset enables us to embrace challenges, confront obstacles, use maximum effort when completing tasks, whilst seeking inspiration from others. Controlling our human responses is essential to build confidence and we need to suppress desires to act instinctively; introducing coping mechanisms such as breathing exercises can help us respond appropriately and increase self-confidence. Similarly, we need to identify factors that are beyond our control and influence. For instance, though we’re unable to influence the COVID-19 pandemic and the government guidelines in the immediate term, we can affect the long-term impact by ensuring that we adhere to the measures. This correlates with Covey’s Response-ability theory, indicating that we must adopt the role of an author, rather than a victim, changing our response to an event, to orchestrate our desired outcome. This model enables us to remodel our thinking; while adopting a predisposed mindset of negative bias is a philosophy that inspires a sense of safety, we can adopt this approach and embrace a positive mindset to build our resilience and improve our wellbeing. Additionally, while establishing short and long-term targets is vital, leaders must acknowledge the adverse conditions in which we’re living. Therefore, the formation of resilience, self-confidence and wellbeing amongst a team hinges on characteristics such as flexibility and adaptability.

Leading Remote Teams Virtually

With COVID-19 closing offices, many workers are working remotely; while this arrangement may be familiar for some, there’s a degree of unfamiliarity for others. Therefore, leaders need to manage their teams, accordingly, putting measures in place whereby their team can work productively, while remaining healthy, feeling psychologically safe and creating the environment to build team cohesion; building trust, encouraging healthy conflict, securing commitment and accountability and ensuring a focus on collective results. While the popularity of remote working has increased in recent years, those forced to work at home by current circumstance may find the unfamiliar setup daunting, with potential challenges including lack of interaction, new routine and new working environment potentially threatening productivity. Leaders can introduce leadership strategies to minimise the risk of work yield decreasing, encouraging workers to maintain relationships, manage expectations of their staff and using buddy systems to alleviate stress. Moreover, leaders can also use technology to manage effectively; leaders must manage by output not presenteeism and ensure that they encourage structure amongst their team.

Promoting a Positive Mindset

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, with coronavirus impacting our ordinary existence. Despite the changes to the cultural norm, it’s essential to adopt a positive mindset as we strive to restore normality within society. Those who adopt a flexible mindset and embrace personal growth are more resolute and develop core traits needed to enter the path of possibility, whereby we as humans can prosper. This path drives positive emotions, sense of belonging and guides us through challenging periods, such as COVID-19. While daily structure has been disrupted, there are measures that can be introduced to inspire positivity, including breathing exercises, regular breaks in the fresh air, while a Gratitude Journal can boost morale and reduce stress. Currently, exposure to negative messaging has intensified and while the human race has been moulded by such correspondence, it’s essential to evade the web of negativity to successfully implement a positive mindset; problematic events can hinder our engagement socially, professionally and psychologically, potentially contributing to depression and/or addictive behaviours. Therefore, we must remain optimistic, adopt a positive mindset to navigate the current obstacles in a successful and positive manner.

Finding Your Energy & Productivity Edge

Energy is essential for our productivity. Often, people work overtime to allegedly achieve more, yet this can lead to fatigue; long hours aren’t conducive to an effective working model and we need to enable the four sources of energy drive performance. Humans must be healthy, physically and mentally, to sustain productivity. Additionally, while emotional responses can be hard to control, particularly during uncertain times, a pragmatic approach needs to be adopted to ensure that energy-depleting emotions don’t have a detrimental impact on health and overall performance. It’s essential to get plenty of rest and acknowledge the benefits of activities such as breathing exercises to reduce stress levels and improve overall mental well-being, which is central to a positive mindset; contingencies such as effective planning and ensuring that distractions are reduced can have an overwhelming effect. Additionally, the focus must be attributed to the role of spiritual fulfilment in our productivity edge; devote time to what you deem to be important and exhibit your philosophy in your daily life.

Business Performance and Sustaining Progress

Within our previous three blog articles, we’ve focused on three leadership habits - sharing vision, sparking engagement and skilfully executing; these steps must be completed to accomplish business performance and targets. In our first blog article within the series,...

COVID-19 Leadership Model

Abstract During times of adversity, leaders are expected to offer guidance and navigate their team through challenging times, but given the unprecedented nature of COVID-19, how can we lead in a manner that will inspire hope, instil confidence and sustain...

Skilfully Executing Your Plan

Since defining a leadership edge, we've since focused on how to share your vision, providing guidelines on how to bind your vision to your overall business plan whilst outlining which factors need to be considered when formulating your strategy. For example, the...

Sparking Engagement Amongst Your Team

In our previous blog focusing on the four leadership habits, we focused on the importance of not only identifying your concept but important factors that need to be considered when sharing your vision with your team and work colleagues; this precedes the process...

Leadership Habits: Four Key Ingredients for Success

In the previous blog article, Rebecca Stevens defined a leadership edge and outlined why it’s important to establish your brand of leadership. In our upcoming series of blogs, we'll focus on the four leadership habits: Sharing vision, sparking engagement, skilfully...

Leading Your Team in 2020

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” - Pablo Picasso 2019 is drawing to a close and for a business leader, plotting next steps should be high on the agenda, to propel each respective team to the next level. Planning is a quintessential element of business...

Strength-Based Approach to Cultural Change

While there is a myriad of sectors that form the global workplace, there is a common factor that applies to all: Irrespective of a business's area of expertise, company culture is in place not only to shape the organisation’s ethos but also to influence the...

What is Your Unique Leadership Edge?

What is Your Unique Leadership Edge? “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”- John.C Maxwell What is a Leader? With society continually being shaped by ever-changing norms in a political, social, and economic sense, organisations are being...

6 Months left in 2019 – How’s your Year Shaping Up?

In our last blog, we looked at aligning your strengths with potential with aspirations and used the 5As as a guide to get individuals thinking and using strengths to achieve their goals.  In this blog, we consider that with less than 6 months until the end of the...

A Strengths-Based Approach to Identifying Potential in your Team

A motivated team needs to continually grow and move forward. Understanding the strengths of your employees can help you spot the potential for growth, delivering greater efficiency and better results from your team. Planning for Growth Spring is all around us, with...

Engaging Strengths in Your Team – Starting with the Why

In our previous blog we looked at uncovering your hidden strengths. In this blog, we look at the motivations that help you engage your different strengths and the strengths of your team. Know Your Hidden Strengths We all have unique strengths – those skills and...

Uncovering your Secret Powers in 2019 – Strengths Awareness

New Year, New You! Did you start January with a roar? Every year, January feels like a new beginning. Once Christmas and New Year is out of the way, January brings the opportunity to take positive steps towards the life we want to lead. We fill our...

The challenge of change

Most people find the challenge of change - 'challenging' ! We tend to prefer the status quo and things we know and prefer to stay in our comfort zones. On the whole we don’t like change; it makes us feel insecure and threatens our autonomy and self-determination. At...

The Key to Personal Effectiveness – taking control of the controllables

In today’s often chaotic and uncertain world, many leaders are searching for answers. How can they manage competing deadlines and demands for their time whilst delivering optimum results-often with diminishing resources? The solution starts with taking control of your...

Your First 4 Steps to Essential Leadership Skills in 2022 and Beyond

The world in which we live today is vastly different from the one that existed even just a couple of years ago. Leadership has never been one-size-fits-all. Neither is it simply just about having a particular leadership style, an inspiring vision and superb...

How to increase resourcefulness during times of change

We’re experiencing significant social change. Here’s how you can increase output and productivity amongst your team during this period.

How do you find life meaning and purpose?

How do you find life meaning and purpose?

Paying attention to what we feel strongly about, and being curious and experimenting with our experiences of life and work can help us identify what gives us meaning and help us point this towards a purpose of our life and work What is the point? Do you ever find...

read more
What Science Teaches Us About Ourselves and Work

What Science Teaches Us About Ourselves and Work

Sometimes it feels like 21st century life is at odds with being human, doesn’t it? Take work, for instance. The fundamentals of our working lives have changed and continue changing, ever more profoundly and rapidly. However, recent economic and technological...

read more
6 Ideas for Developing Healthy Workplace Conflict

6 Ideas for Developing Healthy Workplace Conflict

Ever been in a meeting when one person says one thing, another person says something opposite and there is that awkward moment of silence? How about when you read an email where one person shares a point of view and someone else has replied with an opposing view – do...

read more
How do you find life meaning and purpose?

How do you find life meaning and purpose?

Paying attention to what we feel strongly about, and being curious and experimenting with our experiences of life and work can help us identify what gives us meaning and help us point this towards a purpose of our life and work What is the point? Do you ever find...

read more
What Science Teaches Us About Ourselves and Work

What Science Teaches Us About Ourselves and Work

Sometimes it feels like 21st century life is at odds with being human, doesn’t it? Take work, for instance. The fundamentals of our working lives have changed and continue changing, ever more profoundly and rapidly. However, recent economic and technological...

read more
6 Ideas for Developing Healthy Workplace Conflict

6 Ideas for Developing Healthy Workplace Conflict

Ever been in a meeting when one person says one thing, another person says something opposite and there is that awkward moment of silence? How about when you read an email where one person shares a point of view and someone else has replied with an opposing view – do...

read more