Timely Insights

Using your Brain . . .

When I was a young and aspiring leader / manager I was frequently told to use my head. I knew this was an invitation to use my brain and to really think about situations and consequences before I took action. What I was never told, at least in a way I could appreciate and apply the advice, was exactly how to think about things – after all, like every one else I was  born with a brain / mind but no user’s manual, right?
Finally I’ve found some really practical advice on how to use my brain to access my mind. Dr David Rock of Australia, who advocates neuro-leadership, has some great ideas and suggestions to share. You could benefit by taking a look at his SCARF model – it will make a big difference to the way you interact with both yourself and others!

Go to http://academy.clevelandclinic.org/Portals/40/SCARF.pdf  for more details, but if you have only 3 minutes to spare then try this instead www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wu33SdjeCs

Making It All Work . . .

I’ve long been an admirer of Dr Robert E Quinn of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; he has done much valuable work on change management and I’ve applied a lot of his ideas in my executive coaching practice.

Robert has recently published a simple template for improving management action which is based on a sound four-phase model for interventions. Whether you use it for individual development or for bringing a team together it works very well.

He has created a great tool here, one that every professional manager can use to advantage – check it out and take it for a spin. http://www.leadingwithlift.com/blog/2010/04/19/a-positive-action-tool-how-any-manager-can-get-better/#more-391

Quotable Quotes . . .

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."    -- Clay P. Bedford

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."       -- Albert Einstein

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."  -- Carl Jung

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming."         -- J.W Von Goethe