Being Brave and Asking for Feedback
22 Jan

Being Brave and Asking for Feedback

We often talk about the need for feedback, but how often do we really seek it and what’s the best way to get ourselves into a great frame of mind for receiving it?

 

 

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Who Inspires Your Development?
18 Jan

Who Inspires Your Development?

We can find our inspiration from all walks of life, which in turn can motivate us to develop ourselves. Who’s on your list?

 

 

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Let’s Banish Corporate Jargon!
15 Jan

Let’s Banish Corporate Jargon!

Watch us get our ducks in a row and take it online rather than offline, to discuss our most loathed corporate jargon and how we can all help to banish it from the workplace!

 

 

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Let’s Talk Introverted Energy Levels!
09 Jan

Let’s Talk Introverted Energy Levels!

How are your energy levels, and are you checking in enough with what your body and your senses are trying to tell you?

 

 

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New Year’s Resolutions…why do we bother?
03 Jan

New Year’s Resolutions…why do we bother?

The whole ‘what’s your resolution’ thing is being done to death at the minute, but let’s talk about whether they really help us to get focused for they year, or if they are a complete waste of time!

 

 

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Reflecting on the Year!
19 Dec

Reflecting on the Year!

Complete with ridiculous filters…we talk about how the year has been for us and challenge you to reflect back and plan for next year!

 

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The Art of Being (and Staying) Humble
13 Jul

The Art of Being (and Staying) Humble

Let’s just put it out there: none of us are perfect – no matter what you might think!

 

We all have our quirks, idiosyncrasies and downright obvious areas of improvement…and that’s okay because developing is as much about being aware of and working on these areas as it is about leveraging what you are already great at.

 

“The cost of not being humble is extremely expensive.”

– Dale Partridge

 

The problem is that so many people don’t admit to what they need to work on, often for fear of appearing inadequate or unfit for the task. This thinking is damaging; you run the risk of creating stress for yourself or those around you, taking on much more than you can reasonably handle or simply appearing to others as a know-it-all fool! We tend to respect those who are open and honest about what they see as their inadequacies, so get good at being humble.

 

How to be (and stay) humble:

 

  • Become adept at reflecting: Look back on your successes, achievements, challenges, mistakes and failures. What happened? What did you learn? Why did it work or go wrong? What will you do the same or differently next time?
  • Acknowledge your flaws: Whether it’s in how you communicate with others, your outlook and attitude or the way you approach things; give time to consider what could be done in a different and sometimes more effective way. An easy way of doing this can be to step into the shoes of those around you to consider how they see you. What works for them and what drives them up the wall?
  • Be open to feedback: It takes a lot for people to give you feedback, particularly if it’s relating to something that doesn’t work for them. Much of the time, they will have thought about it long and hard before even bringing it up with you. You may not always like how it is packaged or delivered, but you have to accept it as their way of seeing things.
  • Ask for help: One of the best ways to avoid being humble is to isolate yourself to the point of feeling unable to ask for help. No man is an island and no-one can do it all on their own. Asking for help demonstrates strength, not weakness.

 

Summary

  • No-one is perfect
  • We all have areas of improvement
  • We’re often scared of appearing inadequate
  • Become adept at reflecting
  • Acknowledge your flaws
  • Be open to feedback
  • Ask for help

 

At Right Trax Training, we can help you and your people to stay humble, leverage strengths and build on development areas. Get in touch to find out more.

‘Snow Way! The End of Another Year!?
26 Nov

‘Snow Way! The End of Another Year!?

As we near the end of another year, how has it been for you?

Time to reflect and get ourselves ready to do it all again!

 

I write this on 25th November, just 10 minutes after seeing a Facebook friend of mine post that this time next month it will be ‘the’ day…and it got me to thinking; here we are almost at the end of another year, and as with all of the others – hasn’t it flown by?  It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that I was blogging some advice on getting out of a February funk with New Years resolutions!

As I reflect on my own year, it has been filled with some pretty big challenges, lots of great achievements and of course from both of these, lots (and lots!) that I’ve learned to hopefully stand me in good stead for 2014 and beyond.  Here are some of my own reflections:

  • I’ve loved meeting lots of new people and being lucky enough to stay connected to existing clients.  When I reflect on where I am now compared to last year, I am thankful for this and aim to continue this into 2014.
  • I’ve really loved developing over 350 people throughout the year and helping many of them both personally and professionally.
  • A definite challenge has been maintaining a steady stream of blog articles; at the start of the year I aimed for at least one a month and this is number 13, so phew!

As we hunker down for the final few hectic weeks of the year, it’s prudent to begin some self-reflection on the year itself.  By doing this, we can understand the high points, low points and learning points of the year and how we might like the year ahead to be similar or different.

What are your answers to the following questions?

  • What have you loved about the year?
  • What have been the biggest challenges?
  • What have you learned from the challenges?
  • What’s different now to this time last year?
  • What are your plans for next year?

Let us know your biggest achievements in the comments below!

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