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Leadership toolbox: how to use change stories to transform your reality

Leadership toolbox: how to use change stories to transform your reality

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Our change stories can make or break us as we navigate change. I’ve written before about how we humans are sense-making machines – essentially, we need to have a story that explains what we are experiencing. And if what is happening doesn’t come with a story that makes sense to us, we’ll make up one that does.

I think it’s fair to say that 2020 is the year of navigating change, whether or not we are willing participants in those changes! Which makes now a great time to think about the stories we are hearing, telling ourselves, and sharing with others.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in How-to, Leadership, 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

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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
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