What we do

We are focused on helping people succeed though unlocking their True Strength which enables them to succeed and to do it in a way that is sustainable for them. We believe that True Strength comes from within and that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all set of success secrets. We focus on helping people to discover their own True Strength.

Our offerings are bespoke to each client, but please click on the tabs below for more information about the sort of things we do for our clients:

We offer a range of leadership development modules focused on authentic leadership, applying your strengths, and being resilient. Here are some specific examples:

 

Getting the best out of people
High performance doesn’t happen by accident, and there are a number of building blocks that are required in order to get the best out of people:
– Clarity of expectations and outcomes needed
– Effective delegation, with people trusted and empowered to deliver
– Feedback, including showing appreciation and having difficult conversations
– Coaching to help people to develop
There can be many barriers that get in the way, including manager discomfort with having challenging conversations and many managers find it difficult to get the best out of people who are different to them (with different motivations and working styles)

This workshop equips managers with the the skills and confidence to get the best out of people and includes the following topics:

– Why performance matters
– What good performance management looks like
– Common pitfalls that get in the way
– Goal-setting skills
– How to have a quality feedback discussion
– Exploring the impact of what needs to be said but isn’t
– Coaching for personal development
– How to deal with underperformance
– Having difficult conversations
– (Optional): Understanding our unique strengths
The workshop has a heavy experiential component so that participants learn through doing and get the opportunity to practice (including role plays) and hone their skills rather than just learning theories.

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Many engagement surveys ask about whether people get to apply their strengths at work (for example, Gallup’s Q12 asks “Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?”). Whilst many organisations subscribe to the concept of playing to people’s strengths, only a subset turn that thinking into real action. We use Gallup’s StrengthsFinder approach (and have been trained by Gallup) to help people discover and apply their strengths. This is especially powerful when applied to a team.

 

There are two main options for working with a team; a half-day workshop using ‘Top 5’ strengths, and a full-day workshop which takes things a lot deeper, working with the ‘Full 34’ strengths:

 

Half-Day team strengths workshop (using ‘Top 5’ strengths from Gallup StrengthsFinder)

Learning outcomes:
– Participants understand the power of strengths and how strengths (and weaknesses) impact performance
– Participants appreciate their own strengths and how to get the best out of themselves, improving their performance by ‘being more you’
– Participants understand each other with an emphasis on valuing the diversity of talent
– There is a shared view on the overall shape of the team from a strengths perspective, along with any agreed actions to balance the team and make the most of individual strengths
– Participants develop an action plan for how to make the most of their strengths.

 

Full-Day team strengths workshop (using ‘Full 34’ strengths from Gallup StrengthsFinder)

Learning outcomes:
– As for the half-day workshop, plus:
– Participants gain a deep understanding of why they do what they do and behave the way they behave, based on understanding their strengths and weaknesses.
– Participants understand how they might overuse certain strengths.
– Participants develop a detailed action plan for how to manage their weaknesses.

We speak at conferences and run resilience workshops for a number of organisations (including the NHS).

The Resilience workshops are delivered as 3-4 hour sessions to enable participants to:

– Understand resilience

– Notice resilience (both in themselves and others)

– Discuss resilience (through a shared language)

– Reflect on their own resilience and identify actions needed to develop and sustain it

– (For leadership teams, to help them to lead by example)

Workshop Content:

  • The impact of chronic stress
  • Common causes of stress
  • Defining resilience
  • How to develop and sustain resilience
  • Personal action planning

The workshops have a good mix of theory, lifestyle advice, and a number of practical exercises. The workshops allows attendees to gain a full understanding of how to prevent stress, manage it and work comfortably under pressure.

We have extensive experience of coaching people at all levels in an organisation. Our coaching can take the form of a short-term intervention with a specific focus (to help the client make the most of an opportunity or deal with a particular challenge) or can take the form of longer-term executive coaching.

 

We also provide coaching support as part of a Leadership Development programme (e.g. we’re currently coaching 18 participants in the NHS NW Leadership Academy/Informatics Future Leaders Programme).

 

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