Taking your influencing skills to the next level – in seemingly impossible situations

By Elisabeth Goodman, 18th March 2021 My work involves working with managers, and working with team members. The questions they ask are often mirror reflections of each other: how do I work with a difficult team member? How do I work with a difficult manager? Some possible answers that we explore in our coaching and …

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Recruitment, retention and off-boarding – a lifecycle for valuing your employees

By Elisabeth Goodman, 15th March 2021 Valuing people when they work for you I had the opportunity recently to host a breakout discussion during a One Nucleus’ (2021) “My question is..” lunchtime session. The question I posed was: “If individuals can choose the company they work for, how do leaders and managers demonstrate that they …

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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: keeping ourselves honest

By Elisabeth Goodman, 9th February 2021 This time last year I wrote about the importance of keeping our personal values in mind in the workplace (Goodman, 2020a). I particularly liked Kouchaki and Smith’s (2020) reference to “eulogy values” – those that we would want others to think of us by. I also liked these suggestions …

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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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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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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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