Meet Arthur Puppy and Get Moving!

I saw an interesting interview on BBC news yesterday, all about how physical activity can help children do better at school. It made me think. How much do most adults move around in a work day? How long since you got up from your desk?

We have some ideas to incorporate movement into your day below, as well as a photo of one of our office dogs, Arthur the miniature schnauzer – everyone loves a puppy photo don’t they?! And having a dog definitely gets you moving!

Making small changes to your daily work routine can dramatically reduce fatigue and increase productivity. And staying physically active can reduce your chances of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes. It can also give you more energy, help you handle stress and activate your mind for productive tasks.

simple changes you can make today:

  1. Have standing or walking meetings
  2. Walk or ride at least part of the way to work
  3. Go for a walk at lunchtime
  4. Take the stairs, not the lift
  5. Try a standing desk
  6. Volunteer for the coffee run
  7. Stretch regularly
  8. Track your steps
  9. Walk to see someone in the office, rather than sending an email or phoning

KineticFuture specialises in coaching leaders to be highly skilful communicators and our courses are far from sedentary! Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work:- Time to think coaching, executive presence, presenting and storytelling, tricky conversations, resilience and communicating purpose.

Contact us today to book a course or to find out more.

Calling All Library Lovers

I have a spring in my step, it must be the milder weather, plus the fact that I recently graduated as a Time to Think Coach after a year of hard slog, hooray!

I qualified as a business coach eight years ago, but this has transformed the results I achieve. It was pioneered by Nancy Kline (Founder & President of The Time to Think Organisation), whom I was lucky enough to meet at my graduation day (cheesy photo below!) Nancy is also the author of this week’s book club recommendation, ‘More Time to Think’.

Left to right: Ruth McCarthy (my Time to Think coach), me, Nancy Kline (Founder & President of The Time to Think Organisation)

Time to think coaching will be relevant to team members you want to coach 1-2-1, perhaps thinking about a new role, business relationship or their executive presence. And of course, we incorporate elements of this type of coaching into all our group communications courses.

Find out more about ‘Time to think’ coaching here.

Drop us an email if you’d like a quick chat about how I can help you with your own challenges.

More Time to Think by Nancy Kline

Amazon says:

“The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first. The leaders, professionals, parents and teachers who understand this are at the top of their fields and inspire some of the finest independent thinking in their environments.

In More Time to Think, Nancy Kline shares ten effective ways to help people think for themselves with rigour, imagination, courage and grace. From learning that the mind works best in the presence of a question (so never be afraid to risk being wrong) and that a key factor in the quality of a person’s thinking is how they are treated by the people with them while they are thinking, to the importance of appreciation and of facing what you have been denying, Nancy Kline shows how to create a successful Thinking Environment, whether for two people or a larger group.”

Buy Nancy’s book ‘More Time to Think’ on Amazon.

We like to be topical here at KineticFuture. So, did you know February is library lovers’ month?

Here are some of our favourite quotes on libraries:

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library” – Frank Zappa

“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life” – Norman Cousins

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library” – Jorge Luis Borges

KineticFuture specialises in coaching leaders to be highly skilful communicators. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: – Time to think coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytelling, tricky conversations, resilience and communicating purpose. Contact us to find out more.

Once Upon a Time…

It’s annual storytelling week, so here is another celebration and recommendation of books and the stories that have influenced our work lives. 

Stories are how we communicate at our best and our brains seem wired to receive them too. It is a real art, but one that all of us can learn. Yes really!

On KineticFuture’s Presenting & Storytelling courses we give you specific techniques to uncover the stories that come naturally and find the ones that, for some reason, have a visceral meaning for you.

Whether you are a scientist, a marketeer or a CEO, everyone can easily incorporate stories into their internal or customer meetings. Then we’ll show you how to use your voice and your physicality to tell them with Executive Presence. When the story is yours you’ll find that the passion and impact will come much more naturally.  Have a chat with us if this is something you’d like to discuss karen@kineticfuture.com.  

This week’s book (Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill) was recommended to us by Sarah Matthew from The Vibrant Company.

Amazon says:

Would you like to experience amazing clarity, peace and freedom, even in the midst of challenging circumstances?

In this ground-breaking new book, bestselling author Michael Neill shares an extraordinary new understanding of how life works that turns traditional psychology on its head. This revolutionary approach is built around three simple principles that explain where our feelings come from and how our experience of life can transform for the better in a matter of moments.

Understanding these principles allows you to tap into the deeper intelligence behind life, access your natural wisdom and guidance, and unleash your limitless creative power. You’ll be able to live with less stress, greater ease and a sense of connection to the larger unfolding of life.

 Buy ‘Inside Out Revolution’ by Michael Neill on Amazon.

Find out about the Society for Storytelling here.

Drop us an email or give us a ring on +44 (0) 1628 624312 to tell us your story and talk about coaching which adds Rocket Fuel For Your Talent. Read testimonials from our clients here.

The KineticFuture Book Club is focussed on communications and leadership, our specialist area of coaching. To find more book recommendations just search for ‘book club’ in our tips. And do get in touch if you have any book recommendations to tell us about, we love hearing from you.

KineticFuture Book Club – You Don’t Want to Hear This

Welcome back to the KineticFuture Book Club!

This is a fantastic book that I will be recommending again and again on our new Executive Presence group course and in my one to one coaching. For me, its key message is be open and be yourself and you will boost your executive presence.

It comes from vulnerability researcher, Brené Brown and it’s called ‘Daring Greatly’.  I read it cover to cover without stopping. And then started reading it again. Only stopped by accidently smashing my iPad!

This book could have been written about me and for me. Judging by the millions of people that follow Brené on Ted, many men and women feel the same way.

In essence, it’s about daring to be yourself, not hiding and using strategies to help you stay courageous under fire. It’s about being more successful and happier. The way she tells the story is moving and hilarious. She struggles on the journey too. Her research work is exemplary. There’s no BS here. This is a book for men, women, the relentlessly ambitious and those already happy with their life today.

Buy Daring Greatly by Brené Brown on Amazon.

On our Executive Presence course you’ll learn to balance warmth and authority at work, how to be open and show vulnerability yet have people know you mean business. And how to do all this your own way, in your own style with your own values. It’s a tightrope worth walking. Contact us on +44 (0)1628 624312 to find out more.

Do let us know your favourite books so that we can add them to the KineticFuture book club reading list.

By the way, you can easily find all our book club recommendations by just searching for ‘book club’ in our tips.