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September 2019
Hello and welcome to the September edition of our 2019 Monthly Leadership Tips: your 'once a month'  'bite-sized' chunks of practical leadership wisdom!

This month's 'Leadership Bite', Above and Below the Line refers to a concept that explores a ‘mindset of personal responsibility or ownership’ that we came across in a book by Carolyn Taylor, Walking the Talk. It reflects two ways of thinking and behaving. Are you above the line – being accountable and taking personal responsibility? Or are you below the line – finding it easier to deny, blame or excuse? Once again, this Leadership Bite uses the simple format of sharing one of our simple info-visuals,  then it provides a brief overview of the concept, why it is useful and how to apply it. This 'bite' can be saved and printed off as a PDF. Feel free to use it in team meetings, coaching sessions or workshops!

We then also share two blogs that we think you'll find of value. This month we share :
  • Leadership Bites - Are you above or below the line?
  • a link to a great TED talk about one of the most important skills all people need to develop, and
  • One of our DiA Discoveries posts - Rumination versus Reflection
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We also use the content we share each month, in the work we do in our consulting practice. Feel free to get in touch to find out more about anything in this newsletter or other blogs on our website.  Enjoy!

Melanie and Paul Eyres
Leadership Bites - Are you above or below the line?

Are you above or below the line?

Click the button below for a PDF version of this info visual with a description of the concept, why it is useful and how to apply it.

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Is conversational competence the single most overlooked skill we fail to teach?

We regularly hear about the challenge of working in the current landscape – where VUCA has become the new ‘normal’ (VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.)  Soft skills are seen by many as the most critical to develop to help face these new experiences.

In Dan Pink’s ‘A Whole New Mind’, we learnt that in the “Conceptual Age”, the skills that are going to matter the most are not the “high tech skills” but rather, skills related to “high touch, high concept and high empathy”.

So communication skills are at the heart of what will help people to thrive in the ever evolving workplace.
Click here to read our blog and see the TED video

Rumination versus Reflection

“I don’t like the word reflection’’

This comment was made in one of our Discovery in Action closing workshops.  We had just posed the group the question: What had you learned about the practice of reflection?  This led to a fascinating conversation about the nature of reflection.  For some people they had an image in their minds of something soft, unfocused, meditative or meandering in nature.  It was just a word that some people felt was not purposeful enough.

Well we have a different take on what reflection means!

Click the box to read more.

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  • Ran the fifth workshop in a customised program to help a team move closer to high performance
  • Worked with coaching clients on topics such as career planning, growing other leaders and being more assertive
  • Facilitated a number of strategic planning workshops
  • Facilitated a number of annual business planning sessions
  • Ran a DiSC workshop for an intact team
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