Enhancing Team Effectiveness

Neurodiversity in the workplace: my pledge for anticipatory inclusion

By Elisabeth Goodman, 13th August 2021 I am an Advocate for Neurodiversity. This comes from my experience as a parent, and as a Trustee for 5 years of the Red Balloon Learner Centre who support young people who are “missing from school”, some of which will have been as a result of their Neurodiversity. It …

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Hybrid working – considerations for managers and leaders

By Elisabeth Goodman, 10th May 2021 I’m starting to see and hear a flurry of articles and conversations about what hybrid working will mean, as companies open their doors for people to return to the workplace post Covid-19. I’ve been discussing this with colleagues too who are involved, like me, in coaching and other forms …

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The impact of metaphors in communication and understanding

By Elisabeth Goodman, 4th March 2021 I’m quite early on in my exploration of metaphors and the role they play in our everyday lives. I have more books that I’m planning to read, and events to attend. However, having just read Lakoff and Johnson’s “Metaphors we live by” (2003) I’m keen to share my insights …

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The manager as coach: when your people need more support

By Elisabeth Goodman, 6th January 2021 So, another year, another lockdown. We all need as much support to get us through this as we can get. But what kind of support, when, how and how much? Colin Fisher and colleagues (Fisher, C.M., Amabile, T.M. and Pillemer, J. 2021) have some wonderful insights to share with …

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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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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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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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