Culture element: communication

Culture element: communication

Reading Time: 7 minutes

The element of communication is one of the most significant building-blocks to your organisational culture.

We spend most of our days communicating with others. But how often do we stop to consider what we are communicating, and how we are communicating? And how do we know if what and how we are communicating are hitting the mark?

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Communication, Organisational Culture, 0 comments
Culture element: stories

Culture element: stories

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Stories are a vital part of your organisational culture, whether or not you are using them consciously. This post explains why stories are so powerful, and how to use them to cultivate or shift your culture.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Organisational Culture, 2 comments
What is organisational culture, why does it matter, and how can we build a great culture?

What is organisational culture, why does it matter, and how can we build a great culture?

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Organisational culture has been a “buzzphrase” for longer than I can remember. It’s the topic of vast numbers of books, 15 TED talks (when I last checked), and innumerable blog-posts (to which I am adding another with this!).

But what is it, exactly? And why is it so important? And how do we create a great one? Thanks for asking! Let’s dive into those questions.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Organisational Culture, 2 comments
Experiencing coronavirus fatigue? You’re not alone. What can you do about it?

Experiencing coronavirus fatigue? You’re not alone. What can you do about it?

Reading Time: 10 minutes

In these coronavirus-impacted times, fatigue seems to be a near-universal experience. Many people are wondering why they feel so tired when they’ve just had weeks of reduced activities and travel. But coronavirus fatigue is real. And the good news is that you can take charge of your energy and wellbeing! Read on to find out more.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in General, 0 comments
Leadership Toolbox: how to create psychological safety at work

Leadership Toolbox: how to create psychological safety at work

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Have you ever wondered why some teams thrive in difficult times? They trust one another, freely share knowledge, admit mistakes and generate creative and innovative ideas at the drop of a hat.

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Others spend their time covering up mistakes, concealing information from bosses and colleagues, and pretending they know everything. Then they wonder why they don’t get the results they want. They are characterised by cut-throat competition, where only the strongest can survive.

Psychological safety is a key factor in the way that teams work together and produce results. This post explains the concept of psychological safety, its benefits, and how to go about developing it with the teams you work in and lead.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Leadership, 1 comment
Leadership toolbox: how to build self-awareness

Leadership toolbox: how to build self-awareness

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Self-awareness is a key life and leadership skill. At its most basic level, self-awareness is about developing your knowledge and understanding of yourself, and being able to access that knowledge and understanding in real-time to help you better navigate your life.

Its benefits include:

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Development, Leadership, 2 comments
What you need to know about our autonomic nervous system and stress

What you need to know about our autonomic nervous system and stress

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Human beings have an autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls a great deal of how our body works. The word “autonomic” means that the system functions without our conscious control. We don’t have to tell our lungs to breathe, our heart to beat, or our stomachs to start the digestive process. Our systems just do what they are supposed to do.

The autonomic nervous system has two streams operating in tandem. They are the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, and they fulfil different functions. For me, understanding how they operate and how to support them has helped me manage the stress created by complexity and increase my wellbeing. In this article, I share some insights into how stress affects our ANS, and a simple but remarkably effective tip for changing your experience of stress.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Snippets, 2 comments
Leadership Toolbox: getting to grips with empathy

Leadership Toolbox: getting to grips with empathy

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In my first Leadership Toolbox post, I talked about the importance of self-care for leaders. Self-care involves turning our attention inward, to manage our own wellbeing.

In this post, I’ll be talking about the tool of empathy, which helps us turn our attention outward, to understand and connect with those around us. In a future post, I’ll share tips for how to increase your levels of empathy, and how to apply empathy “in the wild”, to grow your relationships and increase your effectiveness as a communicator and leader.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Leadership, 3 comments
Leadership Toolbox: what we need to know for living with complexity

Leadership Toolbox: what we need to know for living with complexity

Reading Time: 13 minutes

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. We are seeing a massive global response to the COVID-19 virus, the likes of which we don’t often see. Things are changing daily, if not hourly, as a result of both the spread of the coronavirus and national and local responses to the evolving situation.

In some ways, what is happening with coronavirus is a perfect example of the kind of complex world in which we now live, where the goalposts are constantly shifting, threats seem to be escalating on an hourly basis, and no one really knows what will happen next. This complexity can make it feel like we’re fighting battles every day, leaving us feeling exhausted and pushing us away from creativity and connection.

So, how do we make sense of the world around us, and navigate complexity while keeping ourselves mentally and physically healthy, and ready to do good work? In this article, I share some knowledge and resources that have helped me at different times – and I’m sure something here will help you too!

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Leadership, 0 comments
Continuous improvement

Continuous improvement

Reading Time: 3 minutes

My entire philosophy is based on two core beliefs: that change is possible, and that we can always be a little bit better today than we were yesterday. These beliefs underpin the concept of continuous improvement. In this article, I explain why continuous improvement is so important, and how we can apply it to our work.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Introduction, 2 comments