Examining some of the themes from the True Strength interview with Dawn Smedley, starting with celebrating who we are: “Sometimes I should just look back and celebrate who I am fundamentally. We all should.”
As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Dawn Smedley of O.C. Tanner alongside her manager Ian Feaver. The interview has lots of insights into how we succeed, about strengths, weaknesses, mindset, resilience, and how to help people be their best.
How do you find success secrets? Well, you can’t as success depends on who you are and what you want. However, we can find inspiration in real stories of success and I’m working on a project – True Strength – to tell these stories.
Performance Management is really important but no amount of process will make the right conversations happen. Managers need to be equipped to have great conversations with people. These role-plays present a scenario that managers need to be able to handle.
There is a time for expansive, creative thinking. And there is a time for editing, for removing things. Sometimes, less is more. Noise detracts.
“Will it make the boat go faster?” proved to be a powerful guiding question that guided the men’s coxed eight rowing team to an Olympic Gold Medal. This post looks at just how powerful that question can be to help us focus.
I’m a big fan of having a Manifesto, of having something that makes it really clear what you’re here to do, and how you’re doing it. Inspired by the Holstee Manifesto, I’ve created the Kingfisher Coaching Manifesto.
In dressage, I learned that looking where you want to go is hugely important and I believe that the same principle is important for people, teams, and organisations. Where you look, you go.
The multitude of simple decisions each day (what to do with that email, what do do next, what to say yes to and what to say no to) are what makes our visions and goals happen. This article looks at some of the basics of David Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’ (GTD) approach.
I’m very fortunate in that I really love the work that I do and this blog post attempts to capture the most significant steps in me getting here, in the hope that it might help people who aren’t yet loving what they do.