I’m Only Human

Leaders are only human.  This is a great Ted talk we thought you’d enjoy if you want to tackle any of your own bad habits at work and at home.  It’s all part of being a great energising leader.

This great Ted Talk shows that it’s more effective to be curious about a bad habit than fight it.  The technique tested was twice as effective as the gold standard smoking cessation therapy.

You can use the same approach whatever your habit.  Perhaps you get stressed or angry at work or constantly look at texts, drink too much or take no exercise.  Most of us do something which isn’t helpful to us as leaders and as humans.

This Ted Talk is from psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer.  He’s using a blend of mindfulness and neuroscience to find a way of slowly letting go of bad habits.

Part of the solution is to be curious in the moment of committing a bad habit; feeling and noticing what’s going on.  One of the people in the smoking cessation study said, “It smells like smelly cheese and tastes like chemicals. Yuck”.  It’s a way of breaking the spell.

So the process is:

1. You have the urge
2. You are curious
3. Have the joy of letting go and
4. Repeat.

Developing insight into your own strengths and ways of thinking is the starting point for our Energising Leadership Programme.  If you’d like to find out how it can help your team to become energised and energising leaders, contact us today.

Watch Judson Brewer’s Ted Talk ‘A simple way to break a bad habit’ below.

Watch ‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone Man below.

Who Gets The Money?

The strongest predictor of who gets venture capital investment is not the credentials or the content of the pitch.  The strongest predictors are the traits: confidence, comfort level and passionate enthusiasm.

Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy reveals data from Lakshmi Balachandra in her new Presence book.  Balachandra investigated the way entrepreneurs made 185 pitches to potential investors and the way investors responded.

This is relevant for all of us as we go into budget meeting season, whatever industry we’re in.  The clear message is that it’s important to focus as much time on your own ‘professional presence’ as on your content.  But how many times do you find your teams pouring over the final slides at the last minute rather than working on how they communicate?  It’s like going into bat with your hand tied behind your back.

The data may sound puzzling but it makes a great deal of sense.  What the investors are looking for is a person who will deliver the plan.  If the entrepreneur looks like they don’t genuinely believe in the proposition or isn’t genuinely confident, why should the investor believe?

The other interesting part of this research is that the investors distrusted ‘slick’ communicators and were looking for the genuine person.

You can learn these business skills with KineticFuture.  We have a new training programme called ‘Professional Presence. The power of the truth’, which blends skills from psychology, brain science and theatre.  Call us if you would like to know more.

Songs For Positivity Playlist Part 5 – Summer 2016

We recently asked you to contribute to our Summer 2016 Positivity Playlist – a list of tracks that boost resilience and positivity. Thank you so much for all the responses – it’s been very uplifting playing all your favourite tracks in the office!

We have enough songs for two playlists so look out for the next one in a week or so. In the meantime, just go to our YouTube channel and hit play all: ‘Songs for Positivity Part 5 – Summer 2016’.

There is something for everyone and you never know, you might find a new favourite song to put you in a good mood…

Here’s a playlist for you (in order of popularity on YouTube):

  • Katy Perry – Roar
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake (chosen by 3 of you!)
  • DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora – Hot Right Now
  • They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul
  • Stevie Wonder – Living For the City
  • ELO – Mr Blue Sky
  • Ryan Star – Brand New Day
  • The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?
  • Beyond the Wizards Sleeve – Creation
  • Paul Simon – Gone At Last

Thanks again for helping; hopefully you’re feeling like the people in Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ video now!

If you’d like to find out how to create an energised organisation, collaborate better and perform at your peak, talk to us about our Energising Leaders programme.

How To Energise Your Teams

Many companies now have ‘energising leadership’ as one of their key performance indicators. The reason is simple.  If people are energised, they enjoy work more and perform better.

Research from Professor Kim Cameron, Michigan Business School shows you how to make this happen.

First of all, what do we mean by energised?

It means that after someone has contact with you they feel invigorated, have more energy, experience increased vitality, more stamina and would seek you out if they needed a boost. The great thing is that you can research and map your current position and build a strategy for the future.

It’s all part of a Positive Leadership approach which we know delivers commercial benefit. Energising leadership provides a key component of KineticFuture’s Positive Leadership Programme.  We coach you to work out how to implement these ideas in your own natural style, day to day.

Professor Cameron identified ten attributes of Positive Energisers. Why not assess yourself on a scale of 1-10 across a week to see where your strengths are and where you could develop.

  1. Helps others flourish
  2. Trustworthy and has integrity
  3. Dependable
  4. Uses abundance language (strengths, things going well)
  5. Notices what’s going on and is fully engaged
  6. Genuine and authentic
  7. Sees opportunities
  8. Solves problems
  9. Smiles
  10. Expresses gratitude and humility

If you would like to run a Positive Leadership. Peak Performance Programme for your leadership team, please do contact us for more information.

Buy Kim Cameron’s book on Amazon: Practicing Positive Leadership.

Can You Change a Negative Person?

You can’t change a negative person but you can help them modify their behaviour.

If you find your team meetings de-energised by someone who is constantly negative, it’s important to address it. Research shows that peak performance is delivered by a positive to negative ratio of 6:1 in meetings with average performance ratio of 3:1 in favour of the positive.

If you simply say ‘stop being so negative’ you’ll often fail because you are seen to be attacking their identity and a long standing way of handling the world.

Here are some effective approaches you can try:

  • Talk about the impact of their behaviour on others
  • The phrase “when you do x, it can be perceived as y” reduces defensiveness
  • Asking ‘how could we see that differently?’ can start to gently reframe their thinking
  • Be patient
  • Show empathy and respect for the person and their point
  • Ask yourself if you are triggering their behaviour
  • Focus on and reward their positive behaviours

Do you have any approaches you have found effective? And if you have any questions on this topic please get in touch.

These tips are taken from KineticFuture’s Positive & Energising Leadership Development Programme which is based on evidence from neuroscience, positive organisation practices and advanced communications skills. Please do call us if you’d like to find out more about it.