Timely Insights

  • Working with Strengths . . .
    Dr Alex Linley heads up a very useful enterprise called CAPP (Centre for Applied Positive Psychology) in the United Kingdom. A pioneer in this emerging field, he has done much to develop and promote the practical aspects of harnessing people’s passions to enhance contribution.
    He has two great ‘products’ that can help to unlock performance, centered on his REALISE2 strengths inventory tool. One of these is the developmental process that’s embedded in the tool itself, and the other is a weekly newsletter / blog which explains the featured strengths and their applications.
    I you haven’t tried this approach for your self, allow me to commend it. It’s easy and inexpensive and the benefits could be life-changing. Go to http://www.realise2.com for the Assessment tool and to http://www.cappeu.com/blog.htm for the newsletter.
  • Coaching Works – Really . . .
    One of the toughest things to do is show that coaching drives actual business results. Dr David Rock, who I’ve promoted before several times, has recently completed a robust study (over two years) with a financial services client to address this issue. The results are indeed impressive and persuasive.
    With coaching as the only major intervention, a business unit saw a loss turned into a profit, and engagement up 50%. David uses a neuro-psychological approach which is elegantly yet practically explained in his book "Quiet Leadership”; the techniques are easily within the grasp of any leader / manager who’ll invest a few hours to read the book and put the ideas to work..
    More about the study here: http://www.resultscoaches.com/about/news/Insurance-Company-Case-Study.shtml and you’ll find the book on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Leadership-Steps-Transforming-Performance/dp/0060835915/ 
  •  You Must Remember This . . .
    Scientific American Mind is a wonderful publication for anyone who didn’t get a User’s Manual along with their brain / mind. I’m still trying to work out how mine works and there’s so much fascinating stuff to learn.
    One particular article caught my attention this month, dealing with memory and its pivotal role in defining our behaviours and contributions. As a leader, you may need to know about this, so find a few minutes and click through to explore the miraculous tool that you use everyday – without thinking about it!
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=you-must-remember-this&sc=CAT_MB_20100908

  • Quotable Quotes . . .
"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."    -- James Allen (As a Man Thinketh)

"This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men."            -- Captain J. A. Hadfield

"The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self."                -- Whitney Young

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."                -- Lao-Tzu (The Art of War)