November 16, 2020
Sometimes life throws you a curveball; something that knocks you for six, that makes you wonder whether life will ever be the same again…
Exposure to traumatic events can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. (There's been quite a lot in the press about that lately).
Several recent developments in the trauma field have led to significant changes in how PTSD is diagnosed and treated.
Martin Seligman has done some significant work in this area and has found from his research that people who had experienced particularly awful situations could experience what's called Post-Traumatic Growth.
Seligman found that with the right support and a good process trauma doesn't need to flatten us forever.
Martin Seligman's been offering this type of support to the U.S. Army since 2009 via his Master Resilience Training.
In this podcast episode, I'll give you a snapshot of the 5 Steps for Building Resilience from this Master Resilience Training program.
For more practical ways to Build Resilience as a Leader, you can view the full-length lesson in our Great Managers MasterClass.
May 19, 2020
Having Virtual or Remote staff is not a new concept.
Many organisations have had teams working remotely for a very long time.
But today, this is no longer just a trend, it’s a necessity!
As a leader, it is vital you adapt quickly to this change and take advantage of its benefits… whilst mitigating its risks and challenges.
When the topic of remote work comes up, it’s quite common for people to be doubtful about how to get it to work best, particularly those with newly remote workers.
One of the issues with working from home is that people can feel isolated and disconnected, or they can get very distracted.
Many people don’t cope well with this style of working, others love it But for both sides it’s important you set it up well and continue to check in with your team to make sure everything is working for them and obviously work is still getting done.
Research on Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Contagion tells us that employees look to their managers for cues about how to react to sudden changes like this.
In this clip from a recent Great Managers MasterClass, we'll give you the 6 Essential Skills you need for Effectively Managing Remote Teams.
For more information on subscribing to the Great Managers MasterClass, visit: https://www.greatmanagers.com.au/masterclass-subscription/
December 20, 2019
Keeping up with the relentless pace of change is part of our world and organisational life today…
and it’s not going to slow down any time soon.
This fast pace can take its toll on everyone, so it makes good business sense to develop yourself and your people in a way which strengthens them from the inside out.
This preview of a recent Great Managers MasterClass will strengthen you so that you don’t just cope with our fast-paced world, you FLOURISH!
Flourishing is about wellbeing, heightened development, positivity, growth and a feeling of confidence & success.
If we don’t actively develop the necessary skills, habits and routines, it’s highly likely that we will flounder rather than flourish.
The more resourceful people are in their lives the more energy they will bring to work which increases engagement, productivity and results.
In this MasterClass, Sandra will provide the Formula for Flourishing including the 6 most well-researched, tried and tested habits that will help you FLOURISH and get the most out of life.
If you would like to view the full-length lesson on The Formula for Flourishing, for a limited time you can subscribe to the Great Managers MasterClass for free. Click here for more information.
October 30, 2019
Sometimes the hardest thing about managing people, particularly in relation to performance conversations and providing feedback, is dealing with defensiveness… the other person’s and your own!
While defensiveness is a ‘normal’ human behaviour it can get in the way of our ability to communicate with others and achieve our desired outcome.
It can feel like we’re going around in circles… or backwards even.
It can be incredibly frustrating!
However, if you know how to identify Defensiveness, understand it and handle it in an effective way before it takes hold, your discussions can be focused on the future, on solutions and next steps, as opposed to being stuck in protectiveness, the past, and who’s to blame.
This MasterClass is all about How to Deal with Defensiveness in a skilful, emotionally intelligent way.
If you would like to view the full-length lesson on Dealing With Defensiveness, for a limited time you can subscribe to the Great Managers MasterClass for free. Click here for more info.
September 3, 2019
What tough decisions do you need to make right now at work or in your life?
How are you going to make them?
Every day, whether we like it or not, we have to make many decisions. We have to make choices that can impact ourselves, our organisations and others.
Our choices have consequences.
Self-knowledge is critical for making the right decisions.
Some people know they are indecisive – they agonise about making decisions and can get paralysed in the grocery store due to the amount of choice.
Others rate themselves as good decision-makers because they make decisions fast.
But is that the BEST way to make sound decisions?
In this extract from a recent Great Managers MasterClass you will learn a 4-Step process that will help you make sound Decisions at work and in your life!
At Great Managers, we’re all about giving you really practical skills, in the right sequence, to enable your team to become a high-performing one.
Want access to the full lesson? For a limited time, you can subscribe to the Great Managers MasterClass for free and get unlimited access to this and over 60 other practical leadership lessons. For more info visit:
May 3, 2019
Starting from today, you can be significantly more effective as a manager by asking the right coaching questions to your team members.
Great Coaching is one of the best ways in which leaders can increase the capacity and capability in their team, and help individuals and organisations reach their goals.
Developing manager’s coaching skills has become even more important in these fast-paced times because organisations are increasingly calling on people to deliver more with fewer resources.
In this extract from a recent Great Managers MasterClass, we look at:
- The 3 Principles of Coaching Conversations
- The 2 types of coaching conversations
- How to Build your Coaching Conversations toolkit with 3 of the top Coaching Questions every manager needs to know
To learn more about improving the leadership capability in your business, visit: https://www.greatmanagers.com.au/academy/
November 2, 2018
Successful teams are not formed overnight, nor are they achieved in a seminar or weekend retreat.
Teams that are pieced together with little planning, few resources, and little support are going to be high-maintenance rather than high-performing and will not result in any organisational advantage.
Dysfunctional teams drain time, money and energy away from you, and your organisation.
In this extract from a recent Great Managers MasterClass we look at:
- The benefits of a High Performing Team
- Problems that arise if Teams are Dysfunctional
- Patrick Lencioni's Model (5 Ways to Develop a High Performing Team)
If you would like more information on how our full High-Performing Teams workshop can be delivered in your workplace (anywhere in Australia), please contact us here:
August 31, 2018
It’s likely that you, or someone you know has experienced grief and loss.
Death, illness and challenging times are a part of life, but many of us are not equipped to communicate skilfully with others at these times, particularly in the workplace.
Let’s face it, having conversations about death, tragedy, illness and challenging times are not easy or comfortable, but at some point, we’ll all face a situation when we’re going to need to do so.
In this extract from a recent Great Managers MasterClass, we’re going to show you how to get more comfortable ‘discussing the undiscussables’ and allow you to Build a Compassionate Workplace!
We’ll interview Groundswell Project Executive Director Jessie Williams.
The Groundswell Project was established 5 years ago to enable social and cultural change when it comes to death and dying in Australia.
Their aim is to promote resilience and wellbeing in response to end-of-life issues and to encourage people to build their death literacy.
Their goal is to make it easier for people to talk with someone who has experienced a loss and to help kindness to show its face.
For more information on the Groundswell Project visit:
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May 18, 2018
Leadership is not a place for the timid.
Leaders must summon their will to deal with a whole range of complexity and unknowns, and create workplaces that are motivating and safe for others, even in changing and turbulent times.
They must summon their will to take risks, and face things the average person shies away from.
Leadership requires Courage, in fact, it could even be described as Courage in Action.
We know that a lack of Courage can derail a leader’s success.
Courage is one of those big, bold words that gives rise to images of daring acts of bravery and nerves of steel, and of overcoming impossible odds.
But what about Courage in Teams?
When you Build Courage in your Team, you will see:
In this extract from a recent Great Managers MasterClass, we’re going to explore the role Courage plays in your team's success and importantly, how you can get more of it!
To view the YouTube version, click here.
May 17, 2018
Many people have great difficulty saying NO to others.
Even people who are quite assertive, in some situations might find themselves saying yes to things that they really don't want to do!
Listen to this MasterClass for 2 techniques to be more confident saying NO.