The Trouble with Change
29 Oct

The Trouble with Change

Think of the last big change that you went through at work. Maybe a new system was introduced or there were changes to the structure of the organisation. Perhaps you were either involved and so pretty comfortable with what was happening or didn’t know what was going on until an email arrived.

 

All too often in any change programme, the focus is on the systems and processes. These are hugely important to the success of any change initiative, however one line on a project plan for ‘communication and training’ does not mean that people have truly been accounted for.

 

Let’s consider a restructure or organisational design, which most of us will have been affected by somewhere in our careers. How many times do roles change, workflows streamlined or at worst people made redundant with no real thought or upfront plan on how the ways of working will need to be different? Add to this a lack of communication throughout and it’s a race to catch up after the changes are made, to get to a place where people know what’s expected of them and how to meet those expectations.

 

 

 

It’s time to start putting people first. No news isn’t good news during organisational change (or any change for that matter). People want to know what is happening, and that includes even when there isn’t really much to tell them. If there isn’t much that people can be told at that point, tell them that!

 

The impact of appearing closed and guarded is dangerous. People become distrustful and cynical, opening the door to stress and anxiety. Some will look around for their next role and make the move, leaving those who stay to face even more uncertainty and pressure. Others won’t consider leaving, instead feeling disengaged long after the change has been implemented.

 

We’re often asked to support clients by helping their people to manage stress or build resilience, more often than not because of recent organisational changes – such as the restructure. This is always a great sign that they want to provide support, but it can be perceived as an afterthought once the horse has bolted. Provide people with the communication, opportunity to collaborate and above all, the skills or mindset development that they need before and during the changes, not just afterwards.

 

Leaders: you all need to step up and help people to get to the ‘why’ behind the change, not just the ‘what’. Seek views, get input and involve people during the process. You’re called a ‘leader’ for a reason, and people will look to you through turbulent times. Positivity, resilience and adaptability will not go unnoticed.

 

The next big change you’re involved in, ask yourself: “What about our people, how will this impact them?” If you’re not controlling any part of the change, it’s easy to feel like things are being put upon us, yet it’s still in our control to speak up, offer to get involved or find out more about what is going on.

 


 

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Keeping Clarity4D Alive!
19 Sep

Keeping Clarity4D Alive!

We meet so many people who (thankfully) leave our Clarity4D training events having had a fantastic learning experience, yet they then get sucked back into the manic day-to-day of working life.

 

Sound familiar?

 

As we work with many of you to deliver Clarity4D development, we think / feel (geddit?!) that it’s our responsibility to give a few pointers on how to keep the learning alive for you and your team.

 

The following links contain simple instructions to a few activities you can carry out with your team to make sure that learning from the Clarity4D profile continues long after the learning event.

 

Communicating with Impact

A great follow-up activity to any Clarity4D event. Ever wondered how you could better tune in for even more effective communication with your team? Or how to tell those around you exactly how you’d prefer them to communicate with you? Well, now’s your chance to find out! Get in touch if you’d like us to send you the PowerPoint version of the template so that you can make your own communication matrix for the team.

 

Talking About Clarity4D

Lots of teams ask us “How can we keep the focus on Clarity4D once the initial buzz dies down?”…and the answer is often to simply keep talking about it! In this activity, you’ll find 10 talking points to use during your team time; either all at once (although that might take a while), or you could pick out a couple to put on each agenda across a few team meetings.

 

Your Value to the Team

This is one of our ultimate favourites, because it gives each and every team the opportunity to do something that they seldom do: offer each other positive and constructive feedback! Find out what your team sees as your biggest value…chances are, you’ll be surprised.

 

Dig in and have fun keeping Clarity4D alive! You can keep up-to-date on new activities and materials that are added from our resources page.

 

Get in touch if you would like to discuss the activities in more detail, or if you would like some ideas on other ways to keep Clarity4D alive. Find out more about the Clarity4D training that we offer.

Time Management and Productivity Hacks
03 Aug

Time Management and Productivity Hacks

This week’s Guest Spotlight interview features Tracey Minutolo. Tracey is a Coach who helps people to create space and time to focus on what’s important to them: specifically in developing their own side business.

 

Lack of time has to be the number one reason for not focusing on our own development, so we grilled Tracey for her top tips on time management and productivity – and she had a great time-blocking approach that she took us through, with free template giveaways.

 

 

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Personality Profiling: Do Opposites Really Attract?
03 Aug

Personality Profiling: Do Opposites Really Attract?

At Right Trax Training, we use personality profiling to support our own, often opposing styles…which can be ‘fun’!

 

Personality profiling is something that we feel passionate about. For us, we deliver much in the way of MBTI and Clarity4D training and workshops. Tools like these can benefit the workplace and relationships immensely, if used in the ‘right‘ way.

 

Here’s an overview of how we differ:

 

Chris & Yvette Overview
We’ve gained great value from completing various personality profiles, which have helped us to understand that we are very different in our styles, approaches and preferences. This in turn has allowed us to develop the areas we may need to ‘turn up’ or focus on and leverage what comes really naturally to us.

 

Perhaps the biggest benefit however, is using the information to show us where each other is stronger (yes: and weaker), so that we can bounce off each other – which works great whether we’re deep in the detail of a proposal or facilitating events at fast pace!

 

All too often, we hear that opposites clash, and that we will lock horns with anyone very different to us. Of course, that may be true sometimes, but truly understanding our own preferences allows us to adapt and connect much more effectively with those around us, so that we easily complement and synergise with those who are opposite to us.

 

Get in touch to find out more about the MBTI and Clarity4D training and workshops that we offer and how they can help your people and your business!

Conflict Mediation and Mindset Management
07 Jun

Conflict Mediation and Mindset Management

We’re joined by Tonya Howe, who is a certified mediator and trains others who want to become one (including Judges and Attorneys). She is also a coach and helps people to navigate the insecurity and overwhelm of change to become empowered and in control.

 

 

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Are You On-Track With Your 2018 Development?
01 Jun

Are You On-Track With Your 2018 Development?

Did you know that we are 42% through the year already?! Take some time to check-in with where you are with your development goals and pick up some tips on how to catch-up if you are behind!

 

 

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Personality Profiling: How To Use Not Abuse
19 May

Personality Profiling: How To Use Not Abuse

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At Right Trax Training, we’re into personality profiling to support personal development…but we often see them mis-used and abused!

 

We provide many people with development in the form of Clarity4D and MBTI training and workshops. If you’ve had experience of such types of personality profiles, you may be familiar with a few (understandable) misconceptions. Such as:

 

  • Being subjected to receiving a profile from someone with limited knowledge of what they’re talking about…
  • …which can lead to being ‘told’ that you are in a certain box and forever that way it shall be… (a quick online search through the forums easily confirms this)
  • …which can lead to nervousness and suspicion about these profiles, particularly when they’re used for non-developmental purposes.

 

Let’s be clear – we regularly see that they can be abused and they can be mis-used. For example, we are always adamant with our clients that they are not used for recruitment, selection or de-selection purposes; there are plenty of great competency and capability tools out there, but personality profiles measure our preferences rather than our ability. We only wish some of our competitors were as scrupulous.

 

When used in the right way, the learning from personality profiles can open our eyes to how we are all different. We look at the world in different ways and this understanding of perception is the cornerstone to then being able to adapt our approach to connect more successfully with each other.

 

Sure, we all have our preferences – our modus operandi – yet we each have the capacity to adapt our style and approach depending on the situation…if we so choose to.

 

At Right Trax Training, we’re also careful to avoid the common mistake of assuming those with very different or opposite preferences will automatically clash. It’s something we work hard to educate on and live up to day-to-day.

 

Read more on how we work through potential clashes at Right Trax Training to use our opposing preferences to compliment each other!

 

Get in touch to find out more about our approach to personality profiling and how it can help your people and your business!

Building Strong Relationships
05 Apr

Building Strong Relationships

In this Guest Spotlight we’re joined by Robert Malka, who is full of value amassed from years of experience both in management and as a business director.

 

We talk about how to build strong relationships, the importance of continuous development for personal and professional growth and tips Robert uses most to stay productive.

 

 

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The Power of Perception
21 Mar

The Power of Perception

optical illusion cat

We all claim to know how important it is to look at the world from another perspective, but how often do we actually do it?

 

I was talking to a friend and colleague recently who was venting about how they disagreed with one of their client’s decisions not to take the recommended advice being offered, and I asked one question: “Why didn’t they want to do it?” to which he was stumped.  “I dunno” was his response; and it got me thinking.  Either he didn’t question enough or he wasn’t putting himself in his client’s shoes (or both!).

 

How often do we actually do that though?  Stop, and think about things from someone else’s perspective.  My belief is that many of us say we do when it’s a very different story in the heat of the moment, be it at home or at work.

 

When we talk about ‘perception’, it’s nothing more than our own view of the world, which by its very nature is distinct, different and unique for each and every one of us.  It begins to form from birth and is moulded by our values, beliefs and experiences…hence why everyone’s is so very different.

 

At Right Trax, we often introduce this idea of perception during MBTI or Clarity4D training and workshops by using a few optical illusions.  Try this one with the revolving cat, which is another take on the popular revolving ballerina…

 

1. Stare at the image above and see if it is moving to the left or to the right (if the image is not rotating on your screen, you can find it at the link below).

(Image provided by Pech Misfortune from http://www.moillusions.com/2010/06/spinning-cat-optical-illusion.html)

 

2. Now keep staring at it for a while longer and see if it changes direction.  For some people it will and for others it won’t, it doesn’t matter (although if you only see it moving one way or the other, trust me: it can change!).

 

Something like this helps to quickly hit home just how often we all can see something differently when looking at exactly the same thing.  It doesn’t automatically mean that one person is right and one is wrong, just that they are seeing it from two different perspectives.  But think how often that happens to us, just at work let alone outside of it.  It’s practically every day isn’t it?  And it is how we then deal with these differing perceptions that contribute to how successful or not our personal impact and interactions are themselves perceived to be by others.

 

So next time you feel yourself about to react to someone else’s perception, I urge you to stop and put yourself in their shoes; try and see the world from their point of view.  I promise, if you do this, things will look different for reasons that are just as valid as the ones that have formed your own perception.  Once you can appreciate the other perceptions you can then move towards having easier, more cohesive and just downright more enjoyable relationships, be it with colleagues, your manager or you husband / wife / boyfriend / girlfriend / best friend!

 

At Right Trax Training we can help your managers and teams to understand the power of their perception. Get in touch to find out more about the MBTI and Clarity4D training and workshops that we offer.

If It’s Important To You, You’ll Find A Way!
13 Mar

If It’s Important To You, You’ll Find A Way!

We all have personal goals and ambitions, yet so many of us decide not to take action upon them. If it’s important enough to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, then you’ll find an excuse!

 

 

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