14th February 2023
Top Picks Delphinium Knows You'll Love
Diaries, Relationships and Leadership
It’s Valentine’s Day!❤️
Today is often associated with love, romance and gifts, but it can also be a day of gratitude and appreciation.Instead of just focusing on romantic love, let’s take a moment to show appreciation for all the important people in our lives. Whether it’s friends, family, or even just the love we have for ourselves, today is the perfect day to spread love and kindness in all directions. So, take some time to show appreciation for those around you and, most importantly, show yourself some love too. It’s always important to remember that self-care and self-love are just as important as showing love to others. And with love, here are our top picks for this week.
Article of the Week: The Benefits of Executive Coaching for High-Potential Leaders
This week’s article highlights 15 benefits of executive coaching and how it can help high-potential leaders achieve their goals and maximise their full potential.
Discover the power of coaching for personal and professional growth, leading to greater job satisfaction and success.
#TopTip: Keep a Diary to Improve Your EQ
Recommended Read: How To Win Friends and Influence People
Our relationships, whether those are with friends, work colleagues or strangers, relationships with others are important in all aspects of life.This book describes how you can change other people’s behaviour simply by changing your own. It teaches you the principles to better understand people, become more likeable, improve relationships, win others over, and influence behaviour through leadership.
Story Time: When the blood starts to boil!
As a coach, I often see leaders struggling with stress brought on by workplace conflicts and difficult colleagues. But often, things can be quickly resolved with a bit of reality testing and open communication.That was the case with a coaching client who was increasingly frustrated with a fellow leader who was repeatedly emailing him about the status of projects. The information was readily available in the project file. Still, there was a feeling that the other leader was being lazy in emailing my client rather than checking the project information himself.
There were 3 points:
- My client didn’t KNOW whether the other leader knew the information they were keeping was in the project file or whether they knew how to access it – there had only been an assumption that he did.
- It wasn’t clear whether the other leader sought the same or additional information. On reflection, the client realised that he did tend to be more detailed in his emails.
- My client hadn’t raised the point with the other leader as he hadn’t wanted to create any ‘conflict’. But there was already an issue that could escalate the conflict.
The client took an action to have a conversation with the other leader, and we discussed the approach to take in light of the circumstances and his and the other leaders’ communication preferences.The result was a very productive relationship leading to the following outcomes:
- The other leader wasn’t aware of where to find the information and appreciated my client showing him.
- It was agreed that the leader would check the file first and contact my client if additional information was needed.
- At the same time, they viewed the files and agreed on additional information to be added to reduce the likelihood of additional queries.
This story demonstrates the value of taking proactive steps to address issues and taking time to understand the situation entirely. It also shows how taking action to resolve a problem or conflict can create an opportunity – in this instance, a slight change in process to improve efficiency for both parties.
And that’s a wrap for this week’s Tuesday’s Top Picks. Remember, small steps lead to significant changes, so keep putting one foot in front of the other and never stop reaching for your goals.