Building strong personal career paths

Confidence, visibility and credibility – ingredients for realising our potential

By Elisabeth Goodman, 22nd May 2021 “If you don’t try it, you’ll never know” is a message that Melanie Boyle, VP of Project Management and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), learnt early in life from the elder sister of a schoolfriend. Chance remarks like these can have a powerful impact on our …

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Flexing our learning muscle for personal development

By Elisabeth Goodman, 28th April 2021 I came across an excellent McKinsey article by Christensen et al (2021) on “intentional learning” – the idea that we: set clear goals for what we want to learn about give ourselves a timeline in which to achieve the goals commit to and gain support for achieving our goals …

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What if neurodiversity was simply treated as another form of diversity?

By Elisabeth Goodman, 18th January 2021 Some background on neurodiversity The term neurodiversity was first coined by Australian sociologist Judy Singer, and encapsulates a whole range of cognitive, sensory and behavioural diversity associated with neurological differences from what is deemed to be more ‘neurotypical’ configurations. Temple Grandin is a well-known author and advocate for autism, …

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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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The manager as coach: helping others find their goal

By Elisabeth Goodman, revised 11th June 2020 (Originally posted as “Developing your coaching skills as a manager” 18th January 2017) Helping people perform at their best – where to start? We teach coaching skills in  RiverRhee’s Introduction to Management  course and also in Coaching Skills for Managers. We also apply these skills ourselves as coaches. …

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Starting from a position of choice in manager-employee relationships

By Elisabeth Goodman, 17th May 2019 An article in the latest issue of Harvard Business Review has, as is often the case, triggered some lateral thinking on my part.  Borys Groysberg (2020) explores a case study of whether a manager should fight to keep a star employee who decides to leave the organisation without any …

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Working with diversity in thinking, learning and interpersonal styles

Elisabeth Goodman, 9th May 2020 I’ve been doing a bit of reading and thinking about the impact of diversity in how we think and learn and how this might play out in our interactions with each other at work, or indeed at home. A look at Neurodiversity There is a lot that we can learn …

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Keeping our personal values in mind in the workplace

By Elisabeth Goodman, 13th February 2020 I am finding some great intersections between my regular reading of Harvard Business Review and my new reading as part of my development as a coach. This blog explores how congruence between our personal values and those of the organisation for which we work can influence how we feel …

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The manager as coach: leadership, management and coaching

By Elisabeth Goodman, 4th February 2020 We had a question during our recent RiverRhee Introduction to Management course about the relevance of learning about leadership skills as part of a management course. (We do have a follow-on Transition to Leadership course.) We believe that the visionary aspects of leadership are valuable ones for managers to …

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