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July 2014

Welcome to our July Discovery in Action newsletter!

In this edition of our newsletter, we share
  • a practical tips and hints guide on managing upwards relationships,
  • some practical tips to help you meet the 4 fundamental needs of your employees,
  • an interesting blog with ideas on how to really see things from another person's point of view, and
  • share a simple A5 card to print with classic coaching questions using GROW.
Thanks again for the positive feedback about the newsletter, and for taking the time to read it. If there is a topic you'd like us to feature, please drop us a note. And please feel free to forward this newsletter on to other people in your network...

Paul and Melanie Eyres

Managing Up - Practical Tips and Hints

The DiA Leading People program has 'leading people' as the core focus, but we often find an exploration of the authorising environment and the relationship we have with more senior people a useful topic of conversation. This authorising environment and these relationships can influence the environment we try to create to enable others to perform at their best.

Click here to access our tips and hints on 'managing up'.

GROW - Classic Coaching Questions

Back in our January newsletter, we shared our ‘Practical Tips and hints guide on Coaching’ and profiled the GROW coaching model.

We recently ran a one day program called ‘Introduction to Coaching’ and gave our participants an A5 double-sided piece of card with some tips about each stage of GROW and some classic coaching questions to consider at each of the GROW stages.

Some current DiA participants have found this useful, so we thought make this available to our newsletter subscribers too.
Click here to access the link.

How to really understand someone else’s point of view

Over the last month, in some of our small group sessions with current DiA participants, we have not only been exploring the challenge of leading others, but also the challenge of working effectively with others, especially where there are different agendas, where there is no ‘positional hierarchy’ to leverage, and where buy-in is a critical factor.

It reminded us of a useful HBR blog that we came across entitled ‘How to really understand someone else’s point of view’.

For real influence we need to go from our here to their there to engage others in three specific ways. Click here to find out more...

The 4 Fundamental Needs of your Employees

People are said to feel better and be most productive when 4 needs are met…renewal (physical); value (emotional), focus (mental) and purpose (spiritual).

This isn’t surprising news, of course. Is there any doubt that when we feel more energized, appreciated, focused and purposeful, we perform better?

What was surprising about the results of a survey performed by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath (and shared in an HBR blog called ‘The Power of Meeting your Employees Needs’) is ‘how dramatically and positively getting these needs met is correlated with every variable that influences performance.’

Click here to access our blog which outlines each of the 4 fundamental needs, and provides practical suggestions about how to address each of them.

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