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Why Delphinium Never Forgets the Milk

7th February 2023

Admitting Mistakes, Cabin Fever and Cringe Factor!



Do you ever get cabin fever?I know I’ve been feeling a little burnt out from too much working from home recently. Although January was busy, nearly all my meeting and client work was done remotely. Despite the convenience of not having to commute in the cold and rain, being confined to the same four walls daily can start to feel suffocating.

When I was employed, I’d get fed up with being in the office and loved my one day working from home. The other benefits aside, the change of venue made a huge difference. Now, it’s time to switch things up again. That’s why I’ll be trying out different co-working spaces over the next few weeks and seeing how it feels working away from one or two days a week.

A conversation with a former coaching client reminded me of the potential benefits. They work from home and have the option to work from the office, but often don’t want to make the trip to the city centre. So, I asked, “Why not try a co-working space instead?”

Contrary to popular belief, co-working spaces are for more than just business owners and freelancers. They can also be an excellent alternative for employed professionals, whether you work remotely or not.

Have you ever tried working from a co-working space? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Article of the Week: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) 101

Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a trend during conversations with organisations about developing emotional intelligence (EQ) in current and emerging leaders.
Not only is this great to see, but focusing on this area during our training workshops and coaching programmes also means I can use the EQ-i 2.0 tool, which I love!
Some people are unsure of what EQ means and the different skills involved. Therefore, I thought it was an ideal time to share our article, which delves into emotional intelligence and its impact on the workplace.

#TopTip: Own up to your mistakes to become a well-respected leader.

We are all human, and part of being human is making mistakes. What matters most is how we respond to those mistakes and what we do about them.
Saying nothing and trying to sweep it under the carpet could be highly detrimental to the relationships you’ve spent time building. Holding your hands up and providing an explanation (not an excuse) goes a long way.
If you get something wrong, admit it. Be vulnerable and show your team that you are learning too.

Awesome App: Remember The Milk

Ever walk into the shop and come out with everything apart from the thing you walked in for… the milk?Check out Remember The Milk; it’s a helpful task management solution with organising and scheduling features. Employees can create lists and tasks for themselves, combine work tasks with personal tasks, or have them separate.The app allows users to use features such as priorities, due dates, repeats, lists and tags – all with email, SMS and mobile notification options – to keep on top of work and help find a suitable work-life balance.

The Cringe Factor

The Interviewer said WHAT?…

Have you ever heard of a hiring manager who uses eye contact as the sole determining factor for getting the job?

Well, I have… and it’s mind-boggling!
During a conversation, this hiring manager, who was all too eager and very proud to share his interview tactic – pile on the pressure, watch how candidates react, paying particular attention to eye contact. If they don’t keep eye contact, they’re gone.
This hiring manager was judging a candidate’s ability to do the role based solely on their ability to cope with his attempts at intimidation and maintain a good degree of eye contact while doing so!
Now, there needs to be a better approach for several reasons. But talk about a lack of empathy and understanding for neurodiverse individuals. It’s heartbreaking to think about all the talented individuals who were passed over for this outdated and unnecessarily aggressive interview tactic.
The use of unconscious bias in the workplace is a serious issue, and it’s time for leaders to start addressing it head-on. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it can also lead to a more diverse and inclusive workplace where all individuals are given a fair chance to succeed based on their skills and abilities, not their appearance or social cues.
With a better understanding of unconscious bias and its impact, leaders can create a more inclusive and equitable work environment for all employees.

That’s all for this week. I hope this newsletter has inspired you to take your leadership skills to the next level. If you have any suggestions or feedback, I’d love to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Gemma 💜

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