Sagrada Familia is a breathtaking cathedral in Barcelona, and this week I had the privilege of visiting it for the second time in my life. After more than 100 years, this building remains unfinished. And that’s part of it’s magnetic appeal.
How can you learn and grow, when you feel you need to know it all to begin with? We are habituated to measure our success by external validation. For children, this may take the form of stickers, praise or grades at school. For us adults, it includes promotions, pay rises and positive feedback. Unfortunately, this external validation can undermine our capacity to learn and grow. (Image source: www.holidayssun.com; Puerto Banus at night)
An inspiring review of Angela Duckworth’s book Grit, by Miriam Yates, Consulting Psychologist at Within Consulting.
Why do you need Grit? How do you get it? And why talent isn’t everything!
Argumentative? Time poor? Control freak? No willpower? Weakness for a good Shiraz? Coffee addiction? Bad hair? No problem, leave them all behind in 2015 and welcome a NEW YOU in 2016! As we welcome in another new year, we are overwhelmed with articles encouraging us to become a brand new turbo-improved version of our former selves. But the reality is – You can’t just skip over yourself.
Our Consulting Psychologist Miriam Yates shares insights into receiving feedback on our work, including why it can be a painful process and how we can make the most of the ‘gems’ hidden in almost all workplace feedback.
If you have ever worked within a team that was in conflict, then you know how bad it can get. Many teams go through periods of conflict, and some teams go through periods where the whole working environment can feel absolutely toxic. A team in this situation needs assistance to work effectively together. The worst thing a manager can do is ‘let them be’ and hope they will work it out themselves. However, even the best managers find these situations very difficult to navigate.
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a professional development goal, most of us struggle to find the motivation and persistence necessary for follow through and success. The good news is that research in the area of neuroplasticity is providing growing evidence for how to use everyday activities to develop the inner resources necessary for sustainable behaviour change.
How do you build a sustainable workforce? Quite simply, you look after your people so that they look after you. Easy said (I know!) but how do you do this in practice? Here’s some simple and effective strategies for creating a sustainable workforce.
Elite athletes have them, as do many successful CEOs. So you might think that coaching is only for those who have made it to the top in their chosen field. But many of these highly successful individuals worked with a coach to get to where they are today and they recognise the important contribution of coaching in their transformation and growth.
Do you know what your greatest strengths are? Are you using your strengths at work?
If you answer yes to both of these questions, chances are you are likely to be more engaged in your work (Lewis, 2011). In fact, research suggests that knowing your strengths and being able to apply them is the path to a happier and more fulfilling life in general (Seligman, 2006).