Building Better Leaders is a regular podcast created to help leaders get the best outcomes for themselves, their teams and organisation. Hosted by the founders of Scaffold Coaching, (http://scaffoldcoaching.com/) Rachael Sullivan and John Tattersall, cover all things work: from how to lead your team in uncertain times, overcoming motivation issues, managing change, better decision making, problem solving, managing work and home life to building outstanding organisational culture.
Rachael & John interview guests from different walks of life who share their leadership journeys; through their stories we learn how these people have achieved amazing results, successful careers and developed others by adopting different leadership strategies. At the end of each interview their guests share 3 Leadership Essentials which you can consider implementing to improving your leadership skills.
Under a chosen theme they taker a deeper dive into applying their latest guests leadership lessons whilst introducing bite-sized elements of the Building Better Leader workshops.
Learning in coaching never stops with Sue Baker
In this weeks episode John & Rachael are joined by Executive Coach, Sue Baker. Sue has been working as a coach working with leaders at board level in large corporations since the 1990's.
Sue talks about how coaching has changed over the last couple of decades and how organisation and leaders requirements of coaching are changing as the challenges they face are change. Most importantly we talk about what is next in coaching. What new trends we are seeing in coaching? And what are some of the issues that senior leaders come to coaching looking to work on?
This is a fantastic conversation for anyone thinking about getting an executive coach or wondering what very senior leaders in organisations do in coaching sessions.
Sue shares her personal story of what she's learned in her coaching journey and how she's leaned more about herself as she's gained more experience as a female coach working with incredibly senior leaders in large corporates.
If you loved this conversation and would like to get in touch with Sue you can find her on LinkedIn or email her on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue's Leadership Essentials: (57:18)
1. Humility. Is an underrated leadership quality. Its time for the people with humility who ask for help can be the most powerful leaders
2. The ability connect. This is a mindset and a learned skill. When it's authentic it's really powerful to be in a great leaders sunshine. Being able to connect on a human level.
3. The courage to say we got this wrong.
How to have better Difficult Conversations
In this episode Rach & John visit the subject of Difficult Conversations, a topic which they cover in depth on their Building Better Leaders Programme.
“Good intentions don’t always result in good impact.” Often with the best of intentions things can go wrong, and the impact you intend is never the one you had in mind.
They tackle the subject from a “miscommunication” angle and take a look at three different areas of a conversation?
We learn from our ability to catch ourselves and become more self-aware of what we are contributing in any conversation, so understanding the anatomy of conversation can help us when we consider:
Who did what, Who said what, Who was right and wrong?
How we tackle our feelings, and those of the other person?
What does our behaviour in the heat of the moment say about us as a person?
They discuss, various areas of a conversation and how we can better prepare and plan for a successful outcome.
The books referenced in the podcast which inspired their approach are:
“Difficult Conversations.” Patton, Stone & Heen.
“Atlas of the Heart.” - Brene Brown
For more information on the Building Better Leaders Programme
Presenting for exceptional performance with Lee Warren
In this weeks episode Rachael & John are joined by Lee Warren to understand how using the Alexander Technique can help us communicate and perform better when under stress?
The way that you think affects the way you perform, and vice-versa; the way you perform affects the way you think
Remembering that stress is very uncreative, Lee take a little step back and asks us to think about focussing on our awareness.
He asks: Do you sometimes make the mistake of focussing on yourself when presenting, when you should be focussing on what the audience are expecting from the presentation?
Instead of thinking how am I doing? Turn your awareness to focussing on the audiences thinking:
-What’s in this for me?
-What am I going to get out of this?
-How will this help me?
-Will I make any money?
-Is this a good use of my time?
What does the audience expect to hear?
What des the audience need to hear?
Lee also shares some really valuable tips on how we can network more effectively.
You can contact Lee at: leewarrenspeaker.com
The Four Leadership Styles
In this weeks podcast Rachael & John cover four different leadership styles.
How do you like to be led? Is it always the same for every aspect of your role?
When you're leading you team do you always use the same approach?
They differentiate between Directing, Coaching, Supporting and Delegating leadership styles explaining when and where you can effectively use each and how you might adapt your approach.
Leadership 101 - a great intro for newbies
On the podcast this week, in Leadership 101 a bitesized approach to:
what leadership is and what it isn't
how leadership differs from management
where best to use a directive or non-directive style
In the Coaching approach we ask which leader(s) have influenced you, what kind of leader are you? and what other leadership possibilities might be open to you?
Our bite-sized sessions are brought to you using content from our Inter-Active Building Better Leaders Webinar programme.
The Value of Appreciation with Andrew Robshaw
In this weeks podcast we speak to Andrew Robshaw who after a life changing Parkinson’s diagnosis decided to pursue a question that had plagued him most of his working life.
What is the true meaning of value? And how can businesses better measure value in real time by looking beyond traditional accounting and economic processes we currently use.
Some of the questions we cover:
What is value really?
What is money?
Is it the best measure of value?
What paradigm shifts are required to make everyone in the world wealthier?
What should Leaders be concentrating on in 2022?
Thankonomics is the exploration of "Value" in terms of appreciation, and how we can look beyond economics and the law of diminishing marginal returns. To instead looking at how appreciation of products and services changes over time and the customers state of "need."
Andrew's Leadership Essentials
3. Remember your people are here to help you solve your problem, support them, rather than give orders.
Andrew also shares his personal story on getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the life changing treatment he has received to enable him to write this book and continue to live and work.
Andrew's Book Thankonomics