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50 minutes | 2 days ago
Podversation 14: Strengths in the community
Today’s podcast brings us a truly tremendous human, doing a whole range of positive work in the community both in the UK and in DRC in Central Africa, Christian Bless. We discuss Chris's story: setting up Solola Bien, a TV show in DRC, the community group Boys 2 Men in London and most recently, Greaterself – a consultancy that aims to help African businesses bring transformation in workplaces through the recognition of strengths and self-awareness. We also look at what more can be done, and by whom, as regards community work. What’s needed and how can people help, what can they do? This is a genuinly inspiring podversation, giving us a personal journey around Chris's various community and business ventures. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. For more information on Chris’s community projects, please check out the following links: https://www.sololabien.co/ https://www.youtube.com/c/SololaBien https://www.instagram.com/sololabien_realtalk/ https://www.instagram.com/king_blessc/
43 minutes | 15 days ago
Podversation 13: Gender equality, feminism and strengths, with Abbigail Leeson
I’m delighted to be having a conversation today with our Strengthscope intern, Abbigail Leeson. In her time with us, Abbigail has been focusing on building the Strengthscope practitioner community and has provided a lot of creative and research input to help us with that. Abbi is studying for her Psychology degree at Cardiff University and has been spending her placement year with us, in a slightly unusual set of circumstances because she’s actually met very very few of us in person thanks to the pandemic.
11 minutes | 22 days ago
S10E8 How to share your leadership vision in 7 steps
It’s important for leaders to be clear on the purpose of their team, of their department and their organisation and the function of each in the world. This boils down to having a vision and sharing that vision of something beyond just a job or a project for each person working for you, but instead to help each employee feel part of something bigger which is making a positive difference in your context. This podcast gives you 7 steps on how to develop and share your leadership vision.
58 minutes | a month ago
Podversation 12: Authentic leadership and the role of strengths
In this podversation, I talk with Dr. Rebecca Newton, organisational psychologist and executive coach and author of Authentic Gravitas - Who Stands Out and Why. Amongst other things we discuss her strengths journey and how she got to where she is now.her recent activities in the world of gravitas and its importance in leadership development and how to get itauthenticity and its role in self awareness well beingHow she dealt with strengths in overdrivefemale empowerment, andher recent collaborations with Brene Brown You can find out more about Rebecca on her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-rebecca-newton-b3b29220/ her website, Coach Adviser: https://coachadviser.com/ And her book is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3x7FodO
12 minutes | a month ago
S10E7 Building your stakeholder engagement strategy
In my coaching and development work with senior execs, there is one activity that I can guarantee will always form part of our conversations, almost certainly more than once. And that’s stakeholder engagement. From forming a stakeholder engagement map to a stakeholder engagement plan or strategy, these discussions are almost always central to the success of our work together. The reason? Everyone needs to know who their key stakeholders are, as well as the needs and expectations of those stakeholders, so that you can work out best how to work together so that you can each get your needs met. At leadership level, the stakes often get higher, and unmanaged or even unknown stakeholders can become a reason for projects to hit turbulence and for careers to get stalled.
11 minutes | a month ago
S10E6 How to build your personal leadership brand
Firstly, why build your leadership brand and is it worth doing? The answer is an emphatic "yes". Like all great brands, having a strong leadership brand produces strong results in terms of improved demand, perceived value, reputation and results.. More specifically, a leadership brand helps • To differentiate yourself in competitive internal and external marketplaces • To increase your visibility in your organisation and make others aware of your value • To ensure people have a clear sense of who you are and how to work with you • To become more self-confident and self-motivated as you gain self-awareness and clarity about what you have to offer and how that marks you out as positively different. This podcast looks at how YOU can shape your leadership brand through the leadership pyramid - an activity to help shape your communication of what’s important to you and how you can make a positive impact as a leader. Today’s podcast is all about building your leadership brand.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Podversation 11: Using strengths to drive inclusion and equity with Derek Appau
This week, Dr Paul Brewerton (aka The Strengths Guy) sits down with Derek Appau; founder of Limitless Personal Excellence, a certified coach, personal effectiveness trainer and facilitator. They’ll be talking about the strengths approach and the use of psychometrics in the context of creating more inclusive, equitable, fair and diverse workplaces. Derek has some interesting experiences and views he'll share on the role of strengths and psychometrics to level the playing field for people from an ethnic minority background.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
S10E5 Diversity of thought for leadership teams
From a business point of view, the pandemic has taught us many things. At a business leadership level, once of the most relevant is the importance of divergent thinking, of diverse, innovative perspectives in decision making, Particularly when under pressure and in uncertain situations. During the pandemic, the dependence of organisations on the decisions of their leaders for survival has been greater than at any time that I can remember. And I’m quite old. When you combine the pressure-cooker of economic uncertainty and groups of leaders who are too similar in their decision-making approach, you can get short-sighted, panicky decisions that won’t stand an organisation in the best stead. So in today’s podcast, I want to talk about how to bring diversity of thought to leadership teams so that the decisions made at the top of organisations have been considered from multiple and diverse viewpoints. Welcome to diversity of thought, the strengths way.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
S10E5 Diversity of thought for leadership teams
8 minutes | 2 months ago
S10E4 What is strengths based leadership and how can you get it?
Strengths based leadership is getting a lot of interest these days and rightly so. When leaders enable the strengths of their teams, there is a large spike in engagement. This can also lead to significant increases in productivity when taken into performance management conversations. So the strengths based approach - managing and leading by focusing on others’ strengths - makes a human difference and a business difference. This episode looks at the unique qualities of leaders who lead with their strengths and how you, too, can become a more effective leader through strengths based leadership.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Podversation 10 - Empowering women with Roohi & Nida Mohiyuddin
In this podversation, Paul Brewerton, the strengths guy, talks with sisters Roohi and Nida Mohiyuddin, two inspiring women who have just launched Nu(pw)R, a new business designed to empower women through a unique three stage process. Roohi and Nida tell their story – what led them to set out on their journey and what difference they hope to achieve in the world. They tell us about their programme – The Confident Empowered Woman – and provide some tips and advice on how women can shut down their inner critic, break down their barriers to success, and turn their strengths into superpowers. This is a very exciting podversation, what Roohi and Nida are doing is timely, powerful and hugely helpful for women seeking to build their confidence and become empowered. And it’s not only for women - everyone can take a lot away from this podversation.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Podversation 9: Managing millennials with Rebecca Christianson
This week, Dr Paul Brewerton (aka The Strengths Guy) welcomes Rebecca Christianson. Rebecca’s been building her own people consultancy for some time. She’s an Executive coach and an expert on innovative People & Culture practices as she worked as an internal P&C senior leader and Executive for over 15 years. She coaches senior leaders to focus on mind-set shifts to thrive, using a strengths based and neuropsychology approach. Rebecca is super passionate about harnessing the power of Millennial leadership capability which is the focus of this weeks podcast.
9 minutes | 3 months ago
S10E3 Self-management and personal productivity
https://www.strengthscope.com/self-management-personal-productivity/ Technology has made it genuinely challenging to deal with the pace and volume of information coming at us day to day. It affects our sleep patterns, our relationships, our stress levels. With all those potential distractions surrounding you, how can you improve your self-management to keep on top of your personal productivity and stay in control? Today's podcast looks at some practical tips for self-management in the digital era, including: - Remember who's in control, you or the technology. Even though the technology is designed to keep you interacting, you still have the power of choice how much to use it. - Being present in the moment and learning to push away distractions. - Prioritise true human connection. Although the pandemic is making it harder to connect in person but we can still use technology to connect with friends, family, work colleagues in more meaningful ways. - Build digital self management habits. Building good "digital detox" habits, such as no tech in the bedroom or at the dinner table, can be a great start at escaping the constant distraction presented to us by technology. Technology can truly enrich our lives if used the right way and hopefully these tips will help you improve your self management and stay focused in these increasingly digital times. QdyHeKOvMLqDSTc77EHA
9 minutes | 3 months ago
S10E2 Building resilience in 5 steps
Read the article here: https://www.strengthscope.com/building-resilience-in-5-steps/ Online resilience course: https://www.strengthscope.com/resilience-course/ ‘How can I develop resilience?’ is one of the questions we are most often asked at Strengthscope. Well, we’ve spent years in research and practice to discover the simplest and most effective ways to answer that question. In this podcast, I’m going to share with you the model that we’ve arrived at and the methodology that we’ve taught through our training courses for quite a few years now. It’s a 5 step model, but building habits in any one of these areas will make a difference to your overall resilience, so the more habits you add, the more resilient you will become. The 5 steps to building resilience are: Taking charge and controlling the situation that is causing stressMastering your mindset and making a choice how you perceive uncertain, unwanted or stressfulOptimise your strengths and energy to increase the liklihood of a positive outcomeBuilding a strong social support to act as a protective factor during stressful timesEmbrace the challenge and keep growing and developing At the end of the podcast, I’ll let you into a little-known secret that we’ve been hiding away on our website for a while that will give you access to much more of our thinking and tools on resilience.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
S10E1 How to deal with tough feedback
In Season 1, Episdode 4 I discussed 'How to give great feedback in 3 steps', both positive and negative, emphasising the importance of being respectful, listening well and asking clarifying questions. Although I touched on how to receive feedback, the main focus was on giving it well. In this podcast, I want to go more in depth on how to handle negative feedback, in terms of its emotional impact, how to respond to it and potentially act on it. I'll bring in some personal examples from both work and home. Both are just as important as each other and involve emotions and well-being, for both parties. In this podcast, I talk about: - Preparing to receive feedback and making the time and space to hear it well; - Being able to understand what the feedback means for the other person; - Taking feedback postively, not personally; - Using the feedback as a learning tool to help you evolve and grow. Learning how to respond to negative feedback well is a valuable skill and and hopefully these tips will help you be able to get the best out of your every day. Visit https://www.strengthscope.com/dealing-with-negative-feedback/ for more a full transcript and to sign up for exclusive Strengths Guy content
10 minutes | 4 months ago
S9E12 How to own your development in 2021
During times of uncertainty and at the start of the year, people often tend to focus on their personal and professional development. As we move to the end of January, with the freshness of the New Year starting to wear off, could be time to reflect again on the important things in life and reaffirm the commitment to ourselves to do those things we’ve been promising ourselves we’ll do for years but have never quite been able to get round to it. In this podcast, we look at five ways to help you take control and own your development for the year ahead: Check in with your purpose – your personal purpose and your work objectives – to find focus for your developmentBe realistic – can you keep it going, is it possible, how can you make sure that you stick at it?Use your strengths to do it your way – whatever your development goals, how can you energise your development plan so that you can make it strengths-based and you-shaped?Supercharge a strength – push your comfort zone into stretch in an area that up to now you may have taken for granted because there’s nothing wrong with it, so need to stretch it, right.Bring a friend – development becomes so much more real and achievable when you have a critical and supportive friend or friends who are there for your journey. Hope you enjoy it and these tips help you get the best out of yourself in the year ahead, Visit https://www.strengthscope.com/how-to-own-your-development-in-2021/ for more a full transcript and to sign up for exclusive Strengths Guy content
12 minutes | 4 months ago
Podversation 8: Learn to influence the strengths way: strengths-based selling
In this podversation, I chat with Larissa Batt about how to use the strengths approach in a sales context. For the last few years, Larissa has been in various senior sales role at Strengthscope and in her current role, she leads on all corporate sales, so she knows lots and lots about strengths in a sales context. This podcast will be of interest to anyone who ever needs to persuade or ‘sell’ anything to anyone ever. Which is of course everyone. And it will be of particular interest to people for whom selling in a commercial setting makes up a significant part of their role. We chat about: the importance of using the strengths approach in salesthe danger of overusing a particular strengthwhether certain strengths are needed to be successful in salesand 3 top tips for introducing the strengths approach into your own sales work or sales teams
15 minutes | 4 months ago
S9E11 What is growth mindset and how to develop one
Today’s podcast is on growth mindset. Such a powerful concept. Central to positive psychology. Evidence links growth mindset to a variety of positive outcomes: higher goal achievement, motivation, lower stress, anxiety, depression, better work relationships and higher performance levels. There is so much science to back it up. Carol Dweck at Stanford University is the person to go if you want the science and the evidence on the power of growth mindset. And while Dweck’s research is focused mainly on promoting the development of growth mindset in schoolchildren, it is also possible to develop a growth mindset later in life, even if you come from a starting place of fixed mindset, as many of us do…including me. In the podcast, I compare having a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and give 5 great tips for how you can develop a growth mindset, whatever stage of life you are at. If you enjoy the podcast, and want to get more from your every day, head over to https://www.strengthscope.com/blog and sign up to get our emails for simple and practical tips on everything strengths and life.
9 minutes | 4 months ago
S9E10 Projecting forward for the year - taking control to boss 2021
Start off 2021 on the good foot! In the first podcast of 2021, I look at several areas that will help you shape the next 12 months in a positive way: How did you cope with the life changes brought on by 2020, and what did you learn about yourself through that? How can you use what you learned to take control of 2021 and make it as fulfilling, as energising and as 'you-shaped' as possible?How will you use your strengths to drive value in the year ahead? Which strengths will define your year and specifically how will you use them, while avoiding the biggest risks tripping you up?What's the best way to manage your energy? How can you find your joy and build resilience to do this? 2021 is just starting, let's get set up to make it a year which is stronger than ever.
11 minutes | 5 months ago
S9E9 The benefits of gratitude – giving thanks to 2020
2020 has been challenging and damaging in so many ways. For many people, it has been completely life-changing. We have all experienced a sense of loss this year, but for some of us that has been loss of health, of loved ones, of livelihoods and of futures. There’s not much positive to be had in any of that. At least not on the face of it. And yet, somehow, even while the world has in large part been hibernating and grieving, there have been good things happening. Today’s podcast is all about gratitude. Finding gratitude, sometimes starting that process through gritted teeth, but nonetheless feeling gratitude for what we have been able to do, what we have been able to learn, what we have been able to enjoy this year. What are some of the psychological and emotional benefits of gratitude and of being grateful on a regular basis? How can you get those benefits? What things can you do, in terms of gratitude, that will make the greatest difference to your mental, emotional and physical well-being? Read more: https://www.strengthscope.com/the-benefits-of-gratitude-giving-thanks/
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