A tale of 2 photos

A tale of 2 photos 

 

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Or maybe that’s the other way round.

 

These 2 photos tell my recent story.

 

The worst of times

I’ve been reluctant to share the first photo. But I’m keeping this real because so often so many of us show up at work or with friends or on social media platforms with our ‘best’ face on.  On the surface we may look like we have everything together. The reality may be quite different.

This first photo was taken a week into lock down back in March 2020. To say I’d lost my mojo was an understatement.

 

 

 

My business had been hit hard by the pandemic. I had no money coming in. I was worried about paying my mortgage and bills. I didn’t qualify for any of the government support schemes. I was worried about my the health of my family.  I worried about EVERYTHING.

 

I was paralysed by fear. Anxiety through the roof. Couldn’t eat. Couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t get out of bed. Panic attack after panic attack. I was stuck. I couldn’t think clearly.

 

I watched people around me who appeared to be effortlessly adapting to the pandemic which was sweeping the world.

 

Health workers were fighting the battle on the front line with extraordinary courage and strength.  Scientists were working around the clock to discover treatments and create a vaccine. Engineers were pivoting their businesses and manufacturers re-purposing their factories to make essential health care equipment that was in critical short supply. Key workers in public services, food, transport and logistics were keeping the country going.   Parents with busy jobs were working, home schooling their kids, joining in with Joe ‘The Body Coach’ Wicks’ daily PE lessons and baking banana bread.

 

Here I was sitting at home, completely paralysed.  I was doing my best hippo impression, wallowing in a mud of fear and anxiety. I lacked energy and motivation. My confidence took a huge knock.

 

I just couldn’t understand what was happening to me.  This really wasn’t me was it? To be afraid and wallow in the face of change and challenge when times got tough? It’s not something I’d ever been like before.  Throughout my career, I’d never been afraid of change or challenge. I thrived on it. In fact, I actively sought it. So why was I feeling paralysed? I was horrified and I was stuck. Sitting at home, feeling helpless and dare I say worthless.

 

For goodness sake, I was a coach.  Why wasn’t I able to function? I felt guilty about all of this.

 

My mental and physical health were really suffering.  I needed help.  Understandably it was a challenge to access the health system. It had much bigger priorities.

 

I had a choice. Stay this way or take action. I chose the latter. And to help myself.

 

I prioritised investment in myself so that I had the navigation tools to cope with this continuous disruption healthily and productively. I knew we were in it for the long haul.  We just can’t be  certain of how things will pan out.

 

I created a daily regimen combining brain boosting nutrition and neuro literacy. And I used all the tools and experience I had under my belt as a certified coach using evidence based techniques.

 

The best of times

The second photo. This was taken mid April 2020

The result? I’d found my Mojo.  I felt calmer, healthier and became a productive action taker. I pivoted my business to get results quicker than ever before.  And crucially without freaking out and burning out.  You might say that I’d turned my stress into success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

However bad things get, I always try to find an opportunity. The pandemic has been my opportunity to really find my sense of contribution and purpose in the world.

 

My experience helped me to innovate a new method – the MOJO method.  And I can’t wait to share this with others to help them too.  I have a mission. To help millions of people around the world find their mojo. Because this pandemic has been exhausting for many and it is having a profound effect on mental health.

 

Too many of us are living in a continuing state of fight, flight or freeze. Not only can this lower our immune systems – something we don’t want when the virus is around –  it can also affect our confidence and motivation.  Living in this fear response long-term can also set us up for more serious health conditions.  That’s why it’s so important that everyone has access to tools that can help mind and body cope with the on-going disruption and chaos of the pandemic. And this is what my MOJO method is designed to do.

 

It’s a four-part framework that starts with Motivation – finding focus and motivation -and sustaining it; Overcoming Obstacles – finding those internal and external obstacles that stops you from taking action; Joyful Possibilities – enabling you to move from negativity bias to plausibility and Oomph – finding your energy to become a sustained action taker.

 

I’m introducing it to the world with a Mojo Challenge –  a 14-day taster that can help you bounce back from the chaos and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will involve webinars, daily practices to improve stress and emotional regulation and support from others in the Mojo Tribe.

 

The Mojo Challenge is brilliant for you if you’re tired of worrying , whether that’s because your business has been struggling, you’ve been made redundant or you’re simply exhausted by keeping too many plates spinning.

 

When you sign up you will meet others in the Mojo Tribe who are in a similar position.   With me as a guide, we will work together to set the result you want to achieve by the end of the 14 days.

 

You’ll also take part in fun daily tasks designed to lift you and refill your mojo cup. The Mojo Tribe that you’ll be part of will provide encouragement and help keep you accountable.

 

The 14-day challenge involves a live webinar or daily practice challenge and live coaching in an online community, before ending with a celebration event and guidance on the next steps.

 

More details or to sign up for the 14-day Mojo Challenge from Monday 7 September 2020, for just £65, please visit https://bit.ly/mojochallenge14

 

 

 

Are you willing to give up being a caterpillar?

 

By Jo Britton

 

People usually hire me as their coach when they want to make some changes in their life or in their business.

For that change to happen, something needs to change. And usually that’s ourselves.

 

We may need to let got of something, work on our mindset, change beliefs that limit us, upgrade our emotional skills, learn new things, start new habits or give something up that’s not serving us well.

 

During lockdown, we’ve all been experiencing huge change. I’ll admit, it’s been hard going for me.

But one of the benefits of being at home is that I’ve been lucky enough to spend more time in my garden.

Here I’ve been taking inspiration from nature, particularly the graceful butterflies.

The butterfly’s metamorphosis ha been a great reminder for me.

 

If you want to fly, you’ve got to be willing to give up being a caterpillar. And that means change.

 

Change requires growth for which we need fuel.  Just like the caterpillar fills up on leaves to make its transition, we can fuel up by upgrading our emotional management skills and knowledge.

 

Change is uncomfortable. We may struggle. But strength comes from struggle.  The butterfly’s struggle to break through its cocoon is necessary to strengthen its wings in order to fly.

 

I love this excerpt from ‘Hope for the Flowers’ by Trina Paulus which seems to sum this up so well:

When she heard the word butterfly, her whole insides leapt.  ”But what is a butterfly?”

The cocooned caterpillar explained: ”It’s what you are meant to become.”

‘Yellow’ was intrigued, but a bit defiant.

”How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside you or me, when I all see is a fuzzy worm?”

On further reflection she pensively asked,

”How does one become a butterfly?”

”You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

”It’s what you’re meant to become.”

 

If you’re yearning to become the butterfly you’re meant to be and need a bit of extra support, find out more about how our coaching programmes can help.

 


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How to slow down to speed up

 

By Jo Britton

 

As a coach, I work with many leaders who are exhausted or in danger of burn out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my clients said she felt like she was pulling a truck with square wheels.

 

She was so busy taking action that she’d confused busyness with productivity and effectiveness. And had missed a great idea which would make life much easier.

 

Sometimes we just need to slow down to speed up.

 

If you struggle to take time to pause for thought, set an alarm on your phone every hour to remind you.

 

Spend a couple of minutes taking a few calm, deep breaths to relax and enjoy being in the present moment.

 

The more you practice this, the more this will become a great habit

 

You’ll be amazed at how much more productive and effective you will become.

 

Want to achieve even more in less time and with confidence and impact?

 

Procrastination: the enemy of progress

 

 

How I spent my time when I had loads to do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then spending the evening feeling guilty. ☹️ 

 

 

Does this resonate with you?

 

Research says that procrastinators suffer higher levels of stress, insomnia, immune system and gastrointestinal problems.

 

We procrastinate for different reasons:

 

1.Thrill seeking – the rush we get when leaving something til the last minute

2.Fear of success, failure or being judged

3.Struggling to make a decision

 

 

Whenever I am procrastinating I do these things:

 

✅ Ask myself what I’m afraid of and work on that fear

 

Prioritise 3 things I’ll do today

 

Allocate time to complete each task

 

Do one task at a time, ticking it off my list before moving to the next

 

Reward myself when I’ve completed my list

 

 

 

Is procrastination getting in the way of your progress? Need help?

 

Get in touch about our coaching programmes 

Finding your voice

 

By Matt Britton

 

What separates the ‘Steve Jobs’ from the ‘Steve Jobless?’ What makes a good speech truly great? The apple visionary had an amazing ability to speak with passion and make his ideas understandable and memorable. For a tech guru he didn’t overload us with jargon nor did he kill us with PowerPoint. Jobs looked and sounded relaxed as he walked around the stage freely. It looked natural and effortless. What many don’t know is Steve Jobs rehearsed for days every major speech and product launch. He knew what every actor knows: it takes a lot of practice to make it look natural.

 

Fortunately for us not-so-natural speakers most of the important parts of presentation can be learned. From slowing down to eliminating pesky ‘ums’ and ‘ers,’ there are plenty of tricks to help you be heard above the crowd.

 

Theatre director and facilitator of our Presenting with ImpACT masterclass, Matt Britton, leads you through some simple pointers for getting the best out of your voice…

 

And breathe

It could be the idea that is going to change the world. But unless we can hear it- how do we know?

 

Whether it’s delivering that keynote presentation or simply fighting to be heard in a large meeting, finding your voice is key. When it comes to volume breath is essential. Under stress people tend to breathe from their lungs instead of their diaphragm. This results in short anxious gulps leaving speech pinched and shallow. Have you ever ran out of breath towards the end of your sentence? It’s because you’re not taking breaths from the diaphragm. Take a quick body check now. Breathe in slowly for a count of five. Do you feel your shoulders rising as you inhale? If so, you’re breathing shallow breaths from the lungs. Now try it again. This time place your hands around your waist. You should be aiming to feel your sides expand. This is a sign you’re breathing deep from near the belly. Remember, breath= fuel for the voice. And no, we’re not talking about shouting. Doing your best Malcolm Tucker impression is unlikely to endear you to any listener. There’s a difference between filling the space with a strong voice supported by sufficient breath, and straining your voice to be heard. If you leave the conference room hoarse you’re not using your voice or breath correctly.

 

 

Not so fast.

Already running on nerves, adrenalin and a gutful of macchiatos, public speaking tends to get us in a rush with our words. We’d rather just get it over and done with. As a consequence our mouths go into overdrive and our ideas end up hitting the back wall before registering in our audience’s mind. Simple tip. If you want to be heard in a fast world: slow down. Not only does slowing down enable you to articulate better it gives your brain chance to gather its thoughts. It enables the listener to collect their thoughts too. A good rule of thumb is to aim for short sentences spoken at a measured pace. Long-winded sentences can leave us gasping for breath. Never a good look. Short sentences which use shorter words are punchier and much easier to deliver. Slowing down, however, should never be confused with monotony. Which brings us to our next point…

 

 

Mix it up.

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in a conference room for a business presentation and you start to nod off. The speaker’s voice has become so dull it’s hypnotic. All you hear is the same pitch, the same rhythm, you hear the words but the meaning has got lost in the monotony. Mix it up. Vary the pitch. Play with the rhythm. Our ears need to be entertained and kept interested. Use the full range of your vocals. Alter the tone. Your deeper range can indicate weight and credibility. Your upper ranger can communicate excitement and joy. To create passion in our voice we need to know when it is beneficial to raise the volume and increase the speed of our delivery. A good baseline is to maintain a measured pace with occasional flourishes of speed and volume.

 

 

Enjoy the silence.

A well positioned pause is a powerful skill in presentation. Too many of us feel the need to fill the silence. It takes a brave communicator to put a pause to good use. When we pause before a word or phrase, it creates anticipation. When we pause after we’ve said something, it allows the audience a moment to chew on the idea. When we talk about pacing our presentations and being mindful of the rhythm, a pause helps vary the delivery keeping ears from drifting off.

 

 

Finish strong.

The sun-soaked cul-de-sac of Ramsay Street first reached our TV sets in the mid eighties, introducing us to Kylie and Jason, Bouncer the dog, and the Australian upwards inflection! A whole generation began to add add inflections at the end of sentences, making our statements sound like questions. Actors, however, are trained to do the opposite. Rather than ending on a question, actors finish their lines on a down note. Completing your thought, then letting it stand in the silence, allows your audience to digest the information. It sounds much more confident than the uncertainty an upwards inflection brings.

A firm recently surveyed 700 British men and women in managerial and executive roles. 85% felt that the upwards inflection trait was not only annoying, but indicated a person’s insecurity. The study suggested this style of speaking could hinder a person’s career. If you want your voice to carry more authority wean yourself off the upward inflection and end your thoughts on a down note.

 

 

Practice, practice, practice.

What do you do when you familiarise yourself with your notes? You practice by reading it silently in your head, right? This is not actual practice. Actors’ rehearsals are noisy, loud and most importantly an opportunity to try things out and risk failure. Yes, they may learn lines in silence, but actual rehearsal is exactly that- rehearsing what you will do in front of an audience. Don’t let the first time you’ve heard yourself aloud be in front of an audience. Read it out aloud to yourself. Anticipate those trickier sentences, know which parts sound monotonous. Play about with pitch and rhythm and pauses. Practice. Practice. Practice.

 

 

There we have it. However, those previous tips won’t mean much if you leave your personality at the door. Bring your passion and enthusiasm to your speech. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Bring you. The best, boldest version of you centre-stage. Learn the craft, learn to love public speaking.

 

 

Join our Presenting with ImpACT masterclass to bring power and performance to your presentations.

Talk to the hand

 

By Matt Britton

 

 

Professional actor and award winning theatre director Matt shares his five tips for bringing power and performance to your presentation to help you be a crowd pleaser. Matt facilitates our Presenting with ImpACT masterclass.

 

 

 

Shakespeare is difficult. Fact. At least when you are hearing the words fresh to the ear in the theatre. You might be able to tease out the meaning if you’ve studied the text beforehand. But if you’re ‘to be-ing or not to be-ing’ for the first time, even the sharpest mind can end up in knots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good night out with the bard rests on how well the actor can transport you through time and place for a couple of hours. The best take the complexities of Shakespeare and make them easily accessible with passion and presence.

 

 

In a business setting, we are sometimes tasked with enthusing colleagues with complex ideas, through an upfront presentation, a public address or chairing a meeting. Adopting the right physical and vocal characteristics is key to ensuring your audience is on board.

 

 

Like the best actors, the best business performers, command presence.

 

 

Charisma might look natural to anyone watching in the front row, yet this skill of communication is result of practice, rehearsal and training. And if it’s a skill it can be learned. In other words- Presence can be practiced.

 

 

At PACE Development we believe acting techniques can be applied to work situations. Equipping people with the basic tools of an actor is proven to bring out star performances in the workplace. It’s not about pretending to be someone you’re not, quite the opposite. It helps you get to grips with the pressure and pain of presenting upfront, allowing you to engage with your audience positively.

 

 

Actors are trained to embody what they speak. A three minute soliloquy from Hamlet isn’t just a case of getting the words out in the right order. The sense is brought not just through what is said but how it is said. The body and the voice are deeply connected in performance. Every movement, gesture, facial expression is carefully thought out in the rehearsal room and then continuously practiced until it appears natural to an audience. For example, an actor will give close thought to how they use their hands during a speech. It has been said that 93% of communication is non-verbal. Passion and presence can be expressed as much through your hands as your words. All this leads us to the question we get asked a lot at PACE, ‘What do I do with my hands when I speak?’

 

 

Somewhere along the way, most of us have picked up this advice about public speaking: Stand still. Don’t wander about it. Keep your gestures to a minimum so people can focus on your words.

 

 

Wise words. Except studies into TED talks that went viral proved that the most popular speakers were also the most animated. According to the Washington Post, the least viewed talks had an average of 272 hand gestures. Whereas the top-ranked averaged 465 hand gestures during the same length of time. In other words, people don’t just listen to what you say, but how you say it.

 

 

The issue for many of us is working out what to do with our hands. Unless we have a plan we can easily fall into the trap of hands in pockets, or worse still – jazz hands!

 

 

It can be useful to have pre-planned or rehearsed descriptive gestures to help animate your words.

 

 

For example, if you’re talking about a small thing, pinch your fingers. If it’s a really big point, don’t be afraid to raise your hands in the air. Any time you count off less than five points, show it by counting off your fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My five top tips for talking with your hands:

 

 

1. Find a comfortable base point for your hands. To avoid looking like you’re conducting an orchestra, choose occasions to use specific hand gestures which reinforce your words, and then take your hands back to a resting place. Hands in pockets can look too casual, we recommend arms by the side, or gesturing as if you’re holding a basketball between your hands. Steve Jobs frequently used this position during his public addresses. It can indicate confidence and control, as if you have all the facts at your fingertips. Your base point should avoid drawing attention to the wrong places. Some speakers clasp their hands in front of their groin. This keeps our hands locked making it difficult to use them more effectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Imagine a television in front of your torso. Keep your animated arms within this region. Anything that strays out of this area can look unnatural and distracting. Going too wide or too high can communicate insincerity. Contain your movements inside the imaginary  rectangular box in front of your chest and belly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Don’t point. Audiences hate it. It’s confrontational and unwelcoming. If pointing has become second nature to you, try the politician’s thumb. Pinch your thumb into your fist as you point. It’s less aggressive, however, be warned, you are communicating high status with this gesture, so unless you’re the CEO choose wisely.

 

 

 

 

 Photo credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. For those of us not brave enough to use our hands imaginatively, try the ‘Prince Charles.’ Lock the fingers of both your hands and hold them flat at torso height. As well as working as a comfortable base point for hands, it also enables you to move them around, giving the illusion of expression. Although this isn’t the most effective way of strengthening your non-verbal communication, it is simple and safe, and prevents unconscious fidgeting of fingers or clueless gesturing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Open palms. Any outstretched gesture should be accompanied with open palms. Behavioural experts call this one ‘no tools, no weapons.’ It shows we have nothing up our sleeves, nothing to hide. By showing open palms it signals I’ve got nothing to harm you, I’m exposed, you can trust me. If you want to build trust- keep your body language open, and that includes your hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like bring power and presence to your presentations, find out more about our Presenting with ImpACT masterclass

 

Jo wins new business start up of the year

 

JO BRITTON, founder and director of PACE Development was named winner of the new business start up of the year in the FL National Awards & Summit 2019, North West, Ireland and Wales region at an exclusive awards lunch which took place on Friday, 13 September at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester.

 

Now in its 10th year, the awards are designed to demonstrate enterprise, talent and innovation from across the region’s thriving business community and have become one of the most recognised and well-attended business awards in the region.

 

Jo, a Manchester based marketing and manufacturing specialist founded PACE (Personal and Corporate Effectiveness) Development eleven months ago to help tackle critical skills shortages and a  lack of female talent at all levels of industry. Her business is on a mission to help women in industry accelerate their careers by adopting the personal branding techniques used by icons such as Lady Gaga whilst tapping into the support of a coach and mentor.

 

Says Jo, “I’m delighted to have won this prestigious award in our first year of business.  I was inspired to launch PACE Development having worked in manufacturing, engineering and technology based sectors and becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of women in senior roles.”

 

She explains: “Sadly female talent remains under-developed and under-exploited.  Today, 10% of the UK engineering workforce is female and just 5% of  FTSE 100 CEOs are women who continue to be outnumbered by CEOs named Steve or Dave. In 2019, this really isn’t good enough. At PACE Development, we want to help change these statistics. Our aim is to help industry to access a massively untapped pool of female talent. This can make a huge difference to business productivity and growth.”

 

PACE Development also reinvests a percentage of its fees to help aspiring young industry leaders and those who face disadvantage to develop the confidence and skills to maximise their potential.

 

Since launching in 2009, the Forward Ladies Awards recognise leaders and organisations who have made the greatest impact on the regional and wider UK economy over the last 12 months. Winners of the regional awards will go on to compete in the national final in November.

Why didn’t you say that in the first place?

 

By Jo Britton

 

How many times have you said this or heard someone say it to you?  Perhaps you’ve been involved in a spat with the boss, frustrated that they just don’t seem to understand or see things your way? Or maybe you find yourself having to mediate or resolve conflict between two ‘warring colleagues’ at work?

 

In my coaching work with leaders and managers, the topic of communication frequently comes up – whether it’s the business generally that needs to improve, their team or themselves.

 

Being an effective communicator can save relationships, improve your ability to sell, lead through change and make you and your team much more productive.

 

Poor or ineffective communication can have a detrimental impact upon your relationships and the productivity of your business.

 

A recent study by The Economist Intelligence Unit in which over 400 senior executives, managers and junior staff at US companies were surveyed seems to back this up.  It cites poor communication as the cause of added workplace stress (said 52% of respondents),  delays or failure to complete projects (44%), low morale (31%), missed performance goals (25%) and even lost sales (18%).

 

So how can you improve communication at work?

 

I’d always considered myself a decent communicator. I found it easy to chat to people and listen with interest. And in my early days working in business development, my sales mentor gave me some sound advice which seemed to serve me well, “You have two ears and one mouth. Use them in that proportion.”

 

It wasn’t until I trained as a professional coach and spent hundreds of hours coaching different people from all walks of life, that I truly appreciated what it takes to be good at communicating.

 

In my experience, too many businesses see technology as the solution to improving communication. They invest heavily in the latest digital communication platforms, video conferencing, instant messaging and social media tools to help them solve the problem. Yet, they still grapple with communication issues in the workplace.

 

 

I’m not knocking technology. It really does have its place. Indeed I’m really grateful for Skype and Zoom which help me run my coaching sessions with clients. But perhaps in our modern, digital world, we’ve forgotten something really fundamental .  Communication is about people. In the businesses I’ve worked with, I’ve found that one of the greatest causes of poor communication was not that the business didn’t have the latest technology, but that it lacked the appreciation that, as individuals, we all have our own preferred styles of communicating. In other words, how we prefer to communicate ourselves and like to be communicated with, differs between people. And a lot of this depends on our personalities.

 

Steady, steady, aim, fire

 

Some of us are naturally more reserved in nature. We like to reflect and think things through. We  think first before we act.  And prefer to work at a slower pace.  You’ll generally find that we’re members of the ‘Get it right’ or ‘Get along’ clubs.

 

The ‘Get it rights

 

We like to follow rules, processes and systems.  With a tendency to be cautious, we take pride in being precise.  We love the details and are polite and diplomatic.  You’ll notice us in meetings as the quiet folk that take notes.  When we ask questions, we like to be logical and detailed.  Our motto is ‘Get it right!’.  So gives us the facts and details if you want to communicate better with us.

 

The ‘Get alongs

 

We’re usually steady, supportive and very understanding. We consider the impact of actions on others.  We too like some time to reflect and often prefer a slower pace of work.  We’re great listeners and look for the democratic solution.  Our motto is ‘Get along!’  If you communicate with us in a friendly, empathetic and sincere way, it’ll go a long way.

 

Aim, fire, fire!

 

Some of us are more naturally outgoing in nature.  We often act first before thinking.  In meetings, we’re likely to be the ones that dominate discussions.   We tend to belong to the ‘Get it done’ or the ‘Get recognition’ clubs.

 

The ‘Get it dones

 

We get a buzz from working on lots of things and at a great pace. Results-focused, we like to keep things high-level. Whilst at times we may appear a bit direct or blunt at times, we  just  love to talk in bullet points.  Detail isn’t always our favourite thing so avoid sending us a lengthy email. At best we’ll skip over it, at worst we’ll just ignore it.  Tell us the bottom-line and we’re with you.

 

The Get recognition

 

We’re the highly sociable, friendly sorts. The chatty ones that you’ll meet around the water cooler asking you how your weekend was.  Our sunny, glass half-full optimism and abundance of enthusiasm is what we’re known for. We love to explore new things, work quickly and be appreciated.  So, pick up the phone to us or better still come and see us for chat. It’ll get you a long way.

 

 

Recognise any of these descriptions in yourself?

 

You do? Great. Once you know your own communication preference you can spot preferences in others.  Then adapt your style to suit the preference of the person you are communicating with.  This will help you develop quick rapport. And people that have rapport with you are more likely to listen and be influenced by what you say.

If you’d like help to become a better communicator, our communicating with influence and impact coaching and training may be just the ticket. Enquire here

Disruptive leadership – a new fad or a trend that’s here to stay?

 

 

As programme lead for the IN4.0 Access Disruptive Innovation Accelerator  I was recently invited to chair a round table discussion on Disruptive Leadership at UCLAN’s Leadership Hub’s Conference Beyond Leadership.

 

 

I was joined by leaders at all levels from both public and private sector organisations who have the challenges of leading in local councils, the NHS, schools, academia, charities, legal, professional services, start-ups, manufacturing and technology firms.

 

 

The one thing we all had in common was that in today’s world of continuous disruption, as leaders we know we can’t get too comfortable. As new technologies are advancing at lightning pace, the political, economic and social factors in our external environment place pressures on us to create change and lead it through. Getting some new insights and perspectives into this emerging field of leadership was something we were all keen to seek.

 

 

So, what is disruptive leadership all about and why is it a big deal?  What do disruptive leaders look like? Is Disruptive Leadership just a new fad or a trend that’s here to stay?  And does every business need disruptive leaders?

 

 

Here’s what we discovered over our 45 minute discussion.

 

 

What is disruptive leadership and what do disruptive leaders look like?

At its most basic level, to disrupt is to change the way people think or change the way things are done. Businesses such as Netflix, SpaceX, Amazon and Apple have been disrupting entire business models, creating new markets and entire industries. At the helm of these organisations have been disruptors.  Leaders who haven’t been afraid to shake things up and who have challenged the status quo.  These leaders have been creating change, not just responding to it. Knocking out established players along the way.  Professionally inquisitive, critical but open to what others think, they have been challenging practices, norms and behaviours by looking at problems in new ways in order to find and create better solutions.  Often creative visionaries and usually brutally honest, they’ve pushed boundaries and haven’t accepted the normal benchmarks of success.

 

 

Is disruptive leadership a fad or a trend?  

Disruptive leadership is perhaps nothing new. Its essence has roots stretching back a long way. Throughout history, we’ve always had trailblazers who have embodied a disruptive leadership approach.  Think of the pioneers pre and post the first industrial revolution.

 

 

Does every business need disruptive leaders?  

Today’s pace of technological change suggests so.  We need leadership capability in organisations which is able to both constructively disrupt and lead through disruption. Leaders with courage and confidence, a passion for innovation and who are willing to take risks.  Leaders at all levels of our organisations who can create a culture and environment where failure is embraced as learning and feedback because it’s viewed as an essential part of growth and success.  Crucially, we need leaders who embrace diversity and inclusion because they recognise and value the different perspectives that a diverse workplace brings. These skills and attitudes can be developed but we need to start early by encouraging this in schools.

 

Need help with upskilling leaders to scale up your business through disruptive leadership learning and disruptive innovation application?

 

 

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JO BRITTON SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS WOMEN’S BUSINESS START UP AWARD

 

 

JO BRITTON, founder and director of PACE Development has been shortlisted for Business Start-Up of the year in the FL National Awards & Summit 2019, North West, Ireland and Wales region.

 

Now in its 10th year, the awards are designed to demonstrate enterprise, talent and innovation from across the region’s thriving business community and have become one of the most recognised and well-attended business awards in the region.

 

Jo Britton, a Manchester based marketing and manufacturing specialist is founder of PACE (Personal and Corporate Effectiveness) Development which delivers personal brand consultancy, mentorship and coaching. Her business uses a fresh approach to nurturing and developing talent, by combining marketing and branding with the latest thinking from the world of neuroscience to help women in industry accelerate their careers.

 

Says Jo, ‘I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award in our first year of business. I was inspired to launch PACE Development having worked in engineering, manufacturing and technology based sectors and becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of women in senior roles in these industries. PACE Development is on a mission to help women in industry accelerate their careers and industry to access a massively untapped pool of female talent which can make a huge difference to business productivity and growth.”

 

Since launching in 2009, the Forward Ladies Awards recognise leaders and organisations who have made the greatest impact on the regional and wider UK economy over the last 12 months. Regional winners will be announced at an exclusive awards lunch on Friday, 13 September at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester and then go on to compete at the National Final held in November.