Day: December 29, 2016

HOW TO BUILD HIGH-IMPACT MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS

Mentoring opportunities are all around us.

One of our most natural human cognitions is to learn from others. This is known in the psychology literature as Social Learning Theory (Bandura, 1972). We’ve all experienced learning through observing another person’s actions, or by acting on their advice. We might be less aware of the people who are currently learning from us right now!

WOMEN WITH POWER – MORE THAN LUCK

At the beginning of this year, I attended a fascinating panel discussion at the annual Division of Occupational Psychology conference titled ‘Women with Power’. I’ve been reflecting on the outputs from this discussion at a professional and a personal level since. And here’s why…

WHAT KIND OF ROLE MODEL ARE YOU?

We are all role models in some capacity – at work, at home, to our friends and to our children. But we might not realise it yet.

Being seen as a ‘role model’ can be a rather daunting prospect. It evokes expectations of perfection and the need to be constantly on top form. This might seem like a fake reality, or even an arrogant way for us to present ourselves to the world.

IT’S NOT ME; IT’S YOU. OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO COLLABORATIVE CULTURE.

It’s 8.25am. The train that I’m travelling on has almost reached its final destination, but has halted just outside the station. It’s looking likely that we’ll miss our scheduled arrival time by a few minutes.

CHANGE LEADERS

When it comes to change, emerging leaders have a clear advantage. They show a readiness to change in order to develop the skills needed to succeed. There is a hunger for growth that’s driven by ambition, and a curiosity towards the unknown. This can get lost over time as we settle into our comfort zones.

HOW TO FUTURE-PROOF YOUR LEADERS

Doing well these days, even just coping, is increasingly about our ability to deal positively with constant change, uncertainty and pressure. And with today’s volatile, complex and ambiguous world looking like it’s here to stay, it’s essential to equip tomorrow’s business leaders with the capability to deliver within it.

DECIDING WHICH LEADER TO FOLLOW

A recent YouGov poll of 1,729 voters, published in The Independent, revealed current Prime Minister David Cameron to be the ‘most liked leader’, regardless of whether people agreed with his political standpoint. But is being ‘likeable’ enough?