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the story of the accidental manager by noodle
17 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Episode 15: Superpowers and supermodels
You are a fascinating, unique blueprint of a human being. But do you know exactly how you impact the world? In this episode Max & Kate talk about people's superpowers that might be hidden, underplayed or overplayed (when good becomes evil). And which are the go-to supermodels of behaviour, coaching and communication that help people to do their very best work? This is the last episode of this series and we have an invitation: we'd love to hear about your superpowers and supermodels for Series 2. Please contact us at noodle.space to share with our crew.Find out more about 4mat, Big Rocks, Framing, dealing with inner saboteurs and finding your Life Purpose Statement - all of which are 5-minute noodles - at theaccidentalmanager . Join the chat at noodle.space and follow us on Instagram @noodle_space for regular snippets to boost your day.
17 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Episode 14: Patronising pats
What gets you motivated to do your best work? And what's THE best way to switch you off?! In this episode Kate and Max reflect on the ways they've seen managers engage others (sometimes involving ice-cream) and what's been done to accidentally excluded people, making team bonding impossible. Learn the lessons that will help you get to that Goldilocks sweet spot of juuuuust-right measures for recognising and rewarding successfully.You can find out more about the delegation dance, capability in teams, the engagement staircase and SCARF - all of which are 5-minute noodles - at theaccidentalmanager . Join the chat at noodle.space and follow us on Instagram @noodle_space for regular snippets to boost your day.
17 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Episode 13: Did you really just hit 'reply all'?!
Are you proud of what you've done or said today? Integrity comes in different shapes and sizes, as Kate and Max remind each other, sometimes with toe-curling consequences. When is it right to speak up, walk out, stand by or (gulp!) apologise? And would you do the same again or something different if you could?Find out more about perceptual positions, conflict modes and the drama triangle - all of which are 5-minute noodles - at theaccidentalmanager . Bonus - that's also where you'll see the video of these podcasts, including a picture of Kate's gravity-defying 80's hairdo mentioned in this episode.Join the chat at noodle.space and follow us on Instagram @noodle_space for regular snippets to boost your day.
15 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Episode 12: The Deep and Dark One
Slightly less cheerful than usual, in this episode Kate and Max talk about what they've learned from 'ugly' times: bereavement (Kate), being in the wrong job (Max), tears, burnout and the bravery of sharing a story without a happy ending - yet. Sometimes the greatest lessons are from the deepest, darkest experiences. (Warning: there are TWO swear words in this episode!) Join the conversation with your own advice to others about what you've learned by accident that could help others in their career at www.noodle.space by using the chat box on the home page. What you know is definitely going to inspire someone else!Find out more at noodle.space or sign up for inspirational 5-minute noodles on theaccidentalmanager. And join our crew on Instagram @noodle_space for regular snippets to boost your day.
16 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Episode 11: Career zigzags & cliffs
It's rare in the 21st century to find anyone whose career follows the path they imagined it would when they set out in the world of work. Kate and Max discuss their own and others' career zigzags, spirals and wiggles - and the occasional cliff - and pinpoint the ONE thing you need to know if you're going to make the leap. Join the conversation with your own advice to others about what you've learned by accident that could help others in their career at www.noodle.space by using the chat box on the home page. What you know is definitely going to inspire someone else!In this episode we reference Spencer Johnson's Who Moved My Cheese?Find out more at noodle.space or sign up for inspirational 5-minute noodles on theaccidentalmanager. And join our crew on Instagram @noodle_space for regular snippets to boost your day.
15 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Episode 10: Ignore me at your peril
Of course we want to dismiss the views of those annoying people who challenge us. Nobody has time to deal with that negativity, right? Wrong. Kate and Max remember times when bad things have happened from ignoring that old elephant in the room, and share tips and tricks for making sure everyone safely gets to have a say - no matter how much they disagree with your brilliant ideas. In this episode we explore Edward de Bono's 6 thinking hats method and another of our favourite liberating structures, 1-2-4-all.Find out more at noodle.space or sign up for inspirational 5-minute noodles on theaccidentalmanager. And join our crew on Instagram @noodle_space for regular snippets to boost your day.
17 minutes | May 14, 2021
Episode 9: Cake & Coffee
Who's in your crew that can help you get unstuck when things feel difficult? Kate & Max talk about who - and what - lightens up potentially sticky interactions for them. Cake & coffee are a must but also connectors, coaches, cheerleaders and champions. What do you do for yourself and what do you do for others to rekindle motivation?Find more tips for being your most effective self @noodle_space and www.theaccidentalmanager.co.uk
16 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Episode 8: Building Blocks
Even the most uncreative people can create authentic, effective work when they have a template to start from. Kate and Max remember the foundations that have underpinned their experiences - those repeatable, tweakable units and sequences that make good use of time and result in outcomes to be proud of.In this episode we reference the brilliant liberating structures created by McCandless & Lipmanowicz and the 4mat System by Bernice McCarthy.Find out more at noodle.space or sign up for inspirational 5-minute noodles on theaccidentalmanager. And join our crew on Instagram @noodle_space for regular snippets to boost your day.
16 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 7: Say yes to everything
What's the worst that can happen - and what's the best?! Kate & Max talk about the scariest and most unusual things they've said 'yes' to, and what colour to wear when getting right out of your comfort zone. Plus, interesting alternatives to pushing your boss down the stairs.If you like what you hear there's plenty more to be found at noodle.space.PS: We reference 'Feel the fear & do it anyway' which is by Susan Jeffers, and our easy-to-digest noodles on Johari Window & other helpful insight-raisers and confidence-boosters are on theaccidentalmanager.co.uk.
17 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Episode 6: Trust your gut
If you've ever had the 'Sunday night dreads' you'll know there's something not right about how you're working. But when should you act on that feeling and when should you ignore it? Kate & Max explore psychological safety, the difference between instinct & intuition and the value of noticing what your body is telling you.
17 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Episode 5: What's your intention?
What's the difference between riding the wave and feeling like you're going under? Kate & Max cover tips for making sure you're owning your day/week/story - rather than it owning you. You'll find out here how to tap into the part of your brain that wants to join the dots.
16 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Episode 4: Less is More
Whatever your expertise, do you get irritated when you're asked to share your knowledge in 1 line/1 minute/1 page (or less)? Why is it so hard to give the 'bottom line' when time and attention spans are short? Kate and Max discuss their best tools and approaches for influencing people without dumbing down too far.
17 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Episode 3: Badly behaved people aren't (necessarily) bad
How do you react when you're on the receiving end of bad behaviour? And (sometimes) could it possibly be you that's behaving badly?! Kate & Max explore what might be going on when peoples' good intentions overextend into being unhelpful or unpleasant, and what you can do about it.
17 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Episode 2: We Will Have Fun
Kate & Max take a trip through some cringe-making experiences of forced fun at work. What ingredients need to be genuinely present for fun to support lightbulb learning moments?
18 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Episode 1: Quiet Doesn't Mean Lazy
That first time you realise not everyone's like you...and that's ok. Kate & Max share their penny-drop moments and the subsequent implications for how they connect and work with other people. This episode is a noodle through those accidental learnings that are still coming thick and fast.
12 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Episode 0: Our Story
Kate Wood & Max Gooding explain what's behind the story of the accidental manager. We remember how we met and what led to us making a scary leap into the unknown that became noodle; bite-sized pieces of information that help people get the best out of themselves and the people they work with.Anyone who has found themselves in a position where they're responsible for managing others but hasn't had access to large development budgets or opportunities will know just how stressful it can be - they're not sure where to start, how to avoid making things worse and don't want to look stupid by admitting how unconfident they feel. These are what we call 'accidental managers'. We talk about the lessons we learned - by accident - that we'll be sharing in Series 1 to help them have more impact, influence and stronger connections.
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