Elisabeth Goodman

The manager as coach: tuning into and exploring metaphors with clean language

By Elisabeth Goodman, 16th December 2020 I had the opportunity to attend Judy Rees’ Metaphorum annual digital conference this year as a volunteer co-organiser. Now in it’s fifth year, and unlike many conferences that have been organised this year, Metaphorum has always operated on a digital platform. It was fascinating to see all the ground-breaking …

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Creating the conditions that make difficult conversations possible

By Elisabeth Goodman, 8th December 2020 Creating psychological safety and belonging are fundamental factors for high performance teams “..the way we engage with each other, discuss and debate important issues that we may disagree about, and challenge ourselves to find common ground with one another, especially when we have different beliefs and backgrounds, has everything …

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Giving feedback from a mindset of positive intent

By Elisabeth Goodman, 30th November 2020 Giving and receiving feedback is a challenging skill There’s a lovely question in a variation of a 360 degree feedback tool that I share with my coaching clients: “What one thing could I change for my own benefit?” Barefoot Coaching, 2020 This is one of five questions in a …

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Diversity in the workplace – making it meaningful

By Elisabeth Goodman, 16th November 2020 I have just come off a panel discussion at Bio Integrates 2020 (Life Science Integrates), on “Diversity Driving Decisions”, hosted by One Nucleus‘ CEO Tony Jones and accompanied by Joanna Gould, CEO and co-founder of VisusNano. The conference organisers cited an article by Anna Powers, which ¬†found that diverse …

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Searching for meaning – a route to well-being

By Elisabeth Goodman, 9th November 2020 The concept of ‘meaning’ or ‘purpose’ being a route to well-being is not a new one of course. I referenced it in a previous blog (Goodman 2020) referencing an article by David Kessler in Harvard Business Review. Reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s search for meaning” brought things home for me …

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Autumn reflections on Project Management

By Elisabeth Goodman, 22nd October 2020 Regular reflection enables greater self-awareness, flexibility and resilience The value of creating time for reflection is something that has surfaced a few times lately in my one-to-one coaching sessions with clients. People are so busy, juggling challenges at work and at home that finding time to stop and think …

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Saying “no” for a more effective “yes” in the workplace

By Elisabeth Goodman, 9th October 2020 Bruce Tulgan’s article in the September-October issue of Harvard Business Review is a must read for all of us who find ourselves with too much to do and too little time to do it. I’ve been quoting a version of Graham Allcott’s central message in “The Productivity Ninja” to …

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The manager as coach: an overview of resilience

By Elisabeth Goodman, 27th September 2020 neither endurance nor unqualified positivity Resilience is something of a buzzword at the present time, and yet there are some misunderstandings of what it is about. As my Barefoot Coaching tutor, Diane Hanna (2020) reminded me in a recent group supervision session, it’s not about just gritting your teeth …

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From alpha to beta and back again – 21st century leadership

By Elisabeth Goodman, 14th September 2020 Expanding established leadership models I referenced Dr Jeffrey Hull’s FIERCE model of leadership in an earlier blog (Flexing your leadership style for greater inclusivity, inspiration and impact) after hearing him speak at a conference in June. I have since read Hull’s book (2019), and found that it both expands …

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Going on a growth mindset journey

By Elisabeth Goodman, 10th August 2020 Have you ever…? Decided that something that you wanted to do was just too difficult? Hit obstacles that have put you off continuing with something that you started? Got depressed or had a sense of failure because something has not worked out? Felt put off by someone being a …

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