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May 2015

Welcome to the May Discovery in Action newsletter.

Thanks for the positive feedback about the new visual story for Coaching and GROW. It is great to hear it has been of value to people!

In this edition of our newsletter, we have added some more information visuals. We share :
  • some really interesting recent research on performance management (April HBR) and highlight some very useful tips for how to use your one-on-one catch up to fuel performance,
  • 5 scientifically proven ways to be happier at work,
  • signs you may lack Emotional Intelligence, and what you can do about it, and
  • 4 ways managers unwittingly drain work of its meaning.
Please feel free to get in touch to ask us questions or to forward on information you think might be useful sharing in future newsletters. And please feel free to forward the newsletter on to anyone in your network who you think may find it helpful...

Paul and Melanie Eyres

More effective One-on-One catch-ups

Some really interesting recent research on performance management was published in the Harvard Business Review in April 2015 by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall.

There were a number of key takeaways in this article, including:

  • how to build a performance management system that is nimbler, real-time and more individualised – something focused on fueling performance in the future rather than assessing it in the past.
  • the importance of ‘mastery’ and team members having the opportunity to use their strengths – and the very strong correlation with high performance and engagement.
  • the important link between the frequency of the one-on-one catch-up and the positive link between performance + engagement.

The article is definitely worth a read as it offers some great insight into a modern day approach to managing performance.

Click here to access our blog with a visual story / information graphic summarising the ways to use your one-on-one to fuel performance.

reinventing perf mgt - structure of one on ones2

5 scientifically proven ways to be happier at work

A very simple blog post was recently shared on LinkedIn via an AHRI group and it gave some very practical – and proven ideas – to help yourself be happier at work.

“Like working out or eating healthy, being happier is something you have to work on. It’s a skill that takes practice. The good news is that a growing body of research shows there are simple, concrete things you can do that will help you feel more positive at work and they don’t require huge changes.”

5 scientifically proven ways to be happier at work

Read the article here, and then print this graphic if you want some reminders to print out and leave somewhere prominent to help remind you how to form some new positive habits!

Click here  to access this blog post.

Signs you lack Emotional Intelligence

This is the thing about emotional intelligence : those who most need to develop it are the ones who least realize it!

‘Emotional intelligence can be strengthened over time with commitment and discipline. But those who most need to develop it often realize that too late. So here are some tell – tale signs that you need to work on your emotional intelligence:

  • You get impatient and frustrated when you think that others don’t get to the point soon enough.
  • You’re surprised when others are sensitive to your comments or jokes, and you think they’re overreacting.
  • You think being liked at work is overrated.
  • You weigh in early with your opinions and stand behind them no matter what.
  • You hold others to the same high expectations you hold for yourself.
  • You find others are to blame for most of the issues on your team.
  • You find it annoying when others expect you to know how they feel.’
Click here to learn more - including some tips for how to help yourself improve your EI.
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4 ways managers unwittingly drain work of its meaning

In their May 2011 HBR article entitled, ‘The Power of Small wins’ – the progress principle, Professors Amabile and Kramer share their findings about what actions can unwittingly drain work of its meaning.

how managers destroy ownershipMost of us would be guilty of each of these unwitting ‘sins’ at some stage in our career. So it is important that we better understand the possible consequences of these actions on an employee’s sense of ownership, value and satisfaction.

Click here to read more...and access the information visual with tips for things to avoid.

Some recent assignments

  • ran some 'Coaching Skills' workshops for experienced and emerging leaders
  • ran a management team workshop to develop a branch leadership framework
  • kicked off a new Discovery in Action program

Click here to access the Eyres & Associates website to find out what else we do!

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