Monday, September 24, 2007

Managing Change at Work Conference

The Psychology of Leadership,
Managing Change at Work Conference
5 December 2007
London

Change is challenging. It requires leaders who are willing and able to learn and adapt. And for when change really bites, today’s leaders need to demonstrate a consistent set of values and behaviours in order to create continuity and a foundation of trust

Transformational leadership is about taking people beyond what they would normally achieve by motivating and inspiring them to exceed their goals. But for leaders, this is about much more than simply being charismatic or ‘leading with a vision’.

Featuring new research and the practical leadership lessons learnt from the Clipper Round the World Yacht race 2005-2006, this seminar will identify how leaders can successfully navigate through challenges to transform individual and team performance.

Led by:
Emma Soane
Reader, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Kingston Business School

Dr Emma Stanton
Clipper Round the World Crew Member
Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

To find out more, and book your place, visit:
http://www.cipd.co.uk/cande/change/seminars/psyclead.htm

regards

Richard

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Leadership Skills: The Myth of Leadership

Hello

Over the past few weeks, I have been reading through a website that really speaks to me about transformational leadership and change today. His name is Harvey Robbins and he has a real, clear and to the point way of saying things. I found two of his blog posts upfront and really helped to verify some common thinking errors about leadership.

Some people may say " Why am I sharing a resource that is in competition to mine?"
Well, to be honest, it is just too good not to share. So here it is:

Leadership Skills: The Myth of Leadership
http://www.harveyrobbins.com/2007/09/16/leadership-skills-the-myth-of-leadership/

"If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
- Sir Isaac Newton -

Warm regards

Richard

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Do you live Transformational Leadership?

Hi

So you've read the theory of how Transformational Leadership works, you may have attended some training or even tried some the of the new ways of being out, with success or failure.

But do you LIVE it?

There is a difference between knowing something and living it. You might learn something new in your life, but until it becomes part of you, it might just dissapear overnight, if you don't keep your eye on it. When you LIVE it, the new way of being, habit behaviour or perspective is inside you. You do not have to MAKE it happen, it happens naturally. IT is part of your daily awareness and program.

Being a Transformational Leader requires a commitment to BE something different. Yes it's about leading change in ourganisations and others, but do you lead it in yourself? Are you familiar with your own resistance and what it takes for youto change.

When you LIVE something, it speaks through you. You don't have to become something ever time you want to make an impact. You make an impact because of who you are firstly, and then because of what you do - both are important and work hand in hand. This goes for Transformational Leadership and Transactional Leadership. both work hand in hand. Its not that one is "better" than the other. They are part of the same system, just different expressions of your potential.


There is the lesson of a Cherokee man teaching his grandchildren about life.

He says to them,
“A fight is going on inside me. It is between two wolves:
One wolf is evil—he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, anxiety, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, competition and superiority.
The other wolf is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith and laughter.”

He then tells his grandchildren that the same fight is going on inside of them and also inside of every person. The children think about this for a moment and then one of them asks his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”

The old man then replies,
“The one that you feed.”

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