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Getting things in perspective – building the working relationships you want

This blog comes from guest contributor, Master executive coach and accredited VoicePrint practitioner Helen Mundy of Wide Awake Leadership.

So frequently, as an Executive coach, my clients present scenarios where they have tied themselves up in knots around a particular working relationship. The relationship is taking a disproportionate percentage of their energy to deal with and has become a drama that feeds their negative emotions, keeping them stuck in a vicious cycle of judgement and reaction.

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Andrew Wilcock – VoicePrint Practitioner

Andrew is an International Trainer, Lecturer and Consultant specialising in Sales Management and Global Marketing.

He splits his time between helping companies improve their Sales and Marketing processes with Lean Six Sigma and lecturing at Universities.

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Andy Granston – VoicePrint Practitioner

My background is in the no-nonsense world of retail.

What I like about VoicePrint is that it’s so practical. The feedback I most often get when I use it with people is about how immediately useful they find it…“I can use what I have learnt about myself today straight away both at work and at home.”

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5 Reasons to be ‘talk-wise’: why coaches need a good communications model

Why coaches need a good communications model?

We would all benefit from becoming more talk-wise, more adept and more consistently successful with our communicating, both how effectively we speak and how well we listen. But if there’s one occupation above all that needs to be outstandingly talk-wise, it’s the personal coach. Information technology skills may be the only other sphere of occupational practice that has grown as fast as coaching. It has been estimated that 83% of employers now use coaching as a means of developing their people [1], that 72% of organisations expect to increase their spend on coaching [2] and that there are now more than 53,000 executive coaches worldwide. [3]

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How to facilitate, when teamwork starts to tear

Teamwork: whatever else it might be, it’s an issue that is always needing attention.

Unquestionably desirable, yet all too often elusive in practice, teamwork is a problem. And a knotty one. Without really contradicting each other, different authorities on the subject have long found room to focus on multiple different facets of the team challenge: types, purposes, size, contributing roles, dynamics, dysfunctions and processes of development. [1]

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The Innovator at Work

Innovation is not straight-forward.

Generating an original idea, developing that idea so that it works in practice, making it affordable, persuading people to adopt it: there’s a lot that has to happen to bring an innovation to life. Difficult, if not impossible, to do all that by yourself.

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How are we going to run this meeting?

Cards on the Table: using Voices cards to help run more effective meetings

What’s the simplest way to start sharing the benefits of VoicePrint? Remember that, even without its diagnostic questionnaire, VoicePrint is a framework designed to raise awareness about the different purposes for which we use talk. The model itself, the nine voices and their triangular arrangement around the functions of exploring, positioning and controlling, is easy to explain. People quickly grasp the basic idea.

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What voice does this conversation need now? (& other forms of Challenge)

Challenge and challenging are two of the most over-used words in the occupational vocabulary.

I’m looking for a more challenging role.‘He doesn’t challenge himself enough.’ ‘We’re operating in a very challenging environment.’ ‘She can be quite challenging to work with.’ ‘I want a coach who will challenge me.’ When a word becomes so commonplace, it becomes dulled and fuzzy. We lose touch touch with its meaning. And that compromises its value.

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How to say No

Saying No is something that many of us find difficult.

We may be worried about putting a relationship at risk, or being a poor team player, or speaking up about our own needs and priorities. Or maybe we just like to be helpful and demonstrate a positive can-do attitude. But sometimes it’s necessary to say No. Otherwise we can end up over-stretched, resentful towards others and irritated with ourselves, neglecting our own responsibilities or simply doing the wrong thing.

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