This month Debs and Lau take a deep dive into our identity and sense of self at work.
How do we recognise and know our worth – and how do we measure our intangible impact on people and opportunities to get the best out of our working lives.
The team looks at how you keep the spark of excitement and motivation going at work. When the thrill is gone around performance mindset, confidence in your ability and success. What does success look like and how do we get it?
Debs and Lau explore how we can take a genuine approach to D&I in our workplaces to create a thriving culture together. Equity, diversity and inclusion are big words for society in general which need to be carefully navigated to future-proof a successful team culture.
To be different is to be human but we humans don’t always make it easy. The team shares top tips for leaders both current and aspiring about how to practise and encourage others to be inclusive.
Guests include the award-winning Nzinga Orgill MBA, CEO & Founder at RaCExpert Ltd to discuss practical advice for opening the safe, brave space that is required to be able to solve D&I problems and challenges.
Plus, HR D&I expert Kate Maddison-Greenwell who explains how it’s not ‘just a HR thing’ and shares her advice on how to make work cultures more inclusive in practice. Particularly relevant for those organisations who are shifting away from 'working from home as the default' towards a more hybrid model.
This month is all about stretching our comfort zones. Pushing ourselves to boost confidence, energy and pride, but without feeling negative pressure and stress.
From setting a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which is a great way to set stretch goals that enable a sense of progress over time, to tips and ideas for regaining our spark at work.
Debs and Lau focus on the upside of familiarity in how it enables confidence and innovation rather than prompting a move to greener pastures. Like any successful long-term relationship, keeping the spark going takes honesty, commitment and a desire to make time count.
They also look at how best to steady our nerves and channel short-term discomfort into long-term growth and confidence.
Guests include performance coach Karl Green, who shares his tips from a life on the stage for accessing a performance mindset, and practical advice for those stretch moments. The team also hears from Damien Hoadley-Brown who took the decision to move from a corporate project management role in a global PLC to teach his passion for Tai Chi as his full-time occupation.
To some people ‘performance management’ has negative connotations, often it’s associated with less than good performance at work. For others, it offers a chance to discuss the status quo, take stock of achievements and gather valuable feedback.
Working with managers, leaders and employees over the last 20 years, the SFAC team knows that performance management is always a hot topic. In September, they explore the different elements that enable us to perform at our best.
With guest interviews about maximising performance potential, Lau and Debs explore what you need to do to prepare for a performance conversation as both a manager and employee. They share top tips on giving great feedback and how to manage performance fairly and consistently.
So, tune in and explore ways to dust off the murkiness surrounding it and instead bring a breath of fresh air into ‘performance management’.
Debs and Lau are about looking after their mind-health and in August put into practice advice and guidance around self-care and wellbeing. The wider SFAC team shares how you too can sizzle this summer in a special only on YouTube.
Each week they’re joined by a special guest who shares their very own go-to top tips for sizzling up your mind-health and wellbeing this Summer. Whether you’re on the beach, packing your case, about to board a plane or have a beautifully British staycation waiting for you - remember to put your wellness as a priority. So, pull up your deckchair and take 15 minutes to focus on because you’re so worth it.
Ep1 Summer Sizzlers with Debs and Lau
Plan for recovery time and count down to the break because you're more likely to honour it.
Ep2 – Summer Sizzlers with Mel
Don’t compare pictures and videos of other people’s amazing holidays in the sunshine – we all have ups downs that you don’t see on social media posts.
Ep3 – Summer Sizzlers with Lindz
Be conscious of Radiators and Drains - connect with people who give you positive energy and lift you up and stay away from those people who drain you.
Ep4 – Summer Sizzlers With Karl and Debs
Connect with others – it’s important to be with people who fill you with joy. And, listen to music to lift you up. To help with a challenging or emotional situation – music can help you tap into more positive feelings – and your body will respond too.
From handling internal promotion and the challenges of change, to starting out fresh and unlocking the benefits of neurodivergence, being a manager requires a vast and evolving range of skills.
An ideal listen for anyone who is stepping out into new frontiers or is considering whether to go for a promotion to manager. The SFAC team shares simple ways to set your 'first 90 days' plan, how to level up your reputation if it is creating a shadow, and tips for focusing attention on the benefits of having an 'insider' as the manager.
Having quality conversations - whether handling the challenges of change, raising the topic of under-performance, or approaching a team member who you’ve noticed showing a change in can be a tricky area of management to navigate. The team shares simple ways to dial up emotional intelligence, set the scene for a lean and clean performance conversation, and explain the TALKED approach to checking-in on someone in a caring (not scary) way.
Motivation is the essence that underpins engagement levels - wanting to stay in that organisation and deliver your best. Debs and Lau hear from managers who are starting out and wanting simple advice for structuring a performance-related conversation in a motivating way, to senior leaders wanting to leverage the power of a coaching style in a hybrid, matrix team environment.
They also share tips for understanding and planning for the impact of change on teams, keeping people safe along the ups and downs, and putting your own seatbelt on as the manager. Communication, visibility and transparency from managers is how people place their trust in seeing the change through to the end.
Following several recent coaching conversations with GenZ’ers, the team has found a surprisingly low optimistic mindset about their lives and emerging futures.
In June, the team looks at why having an optimistic mindset is essential for a happy and healthy life, and how the way you see yourself and your personal level of accountability dramatically impacts wellbeing.
Key topics discussed include how to refocus to an optimistic mindset, handling self-doubt, saying no in a positive way, how best to achieve what you actually want in life, and how to transition from imposter to empowerment.
In May the team takes a beat to assess progress so far this year and what needs to happen next to thrive in 2023. Each episode is joined by a special guest sharing their wisdom, expertise and advice.
Health, fitness and wellness expert, Matt Vale, joins Debs and Lau to discuss how to make the right decisions to consistently maintain your mental and physical wellness.
They look at how we can sustain change, achieve goals and get back on track if we’ve lost our way. They’ll give advice about how to overcome a negative mindset, make the right decisions for you and share tools about how to do your own maintenance wellness check.
The April four-part series looks at key learnings from four influential mindful manager books. Ideal for those people who don’t have time to read but still want to learn. If you haven’t got time to think about these topics – now is the time to listen in and get a quick digest - with practical skills, tools and strategies to help you.
The books discussed this month include:
Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood) Paperback – by Thomas Erikson
Four Thousand Weeks: Time and how to use it – by Oliver Burkeman
How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships - by Leil Lowndes
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph – by Ryan Holiday
Exploring the world of teams, March looks at shifting conversations above the ‘drama line’ to setting a team up for success.
Now more than ever, we’re being asked to work at a fast pace, with less resources, so we need to know how to minimise politics and maximise pace. Whether you’re in a hybrid working environment, face to face or a mix of the two – matrix working is the new norm. Knowing how to empower our teams is a key skill for all leaders, but it’s down to each and every one of us to be accountable for clearly conveying a message.
It’s all about collaboration and showing how we care about others. So, whether you are new into your organisation or moved from another department – you will learn the skills to make or break the relationships through your words, actions, behaviour and attitude.
Discovering how to create a team that works together and thrives, regardless of the challenges or opportunities it’s presented with, means that work can be a place that enables you to be your best self and enables others to do the same. a product or service you'd like to show.
The February podcast series looks at ways to continue to be your best self and on top of your game, regardless of the changes and new innovations that are coming your way in the workplace.
As Chat GPT takes over the world, the podcast focuses on the things we can do to maintain our everyday human-edge skills that cannot be replicated by robots. Looking at better ways to connect, innovate, engage and empower, February is not only a celebration of love but knowing how to get the best out of everyday conversations to build stronger.
Using our human skills of caring, creativity, collaboration and curiosity, Secrets from a Coach looks at ways to have engaging and motivating conversations. As well as how to develop, review and improve on ideas. No robot can do that quite yet!
Special guest this month is Dr Trudi Taylor a qualified professional coach, coach supervisor and Human and Organisational Performance Change Partner, who shares her wisdom and experience of creating collaborative conversations. something interesting about your business here.
The January four-part series explores how to set intent for the now, the near and the future.
By being able to identify what’s important to you to create a plan that enables a sense of freedom and focus, within a framework to keep you on track, as you navigate your way through the new year. Rather than function on autopilot, they’ll discuss how setting your intent gives you choice, opportunities and possibilities as you head into 2023 and beyond.
Recognising that employee engagement is a hot topic regardless of the time of year. The podcast will also discuss how employee engagement is a two-way street.
Understanding your people, delivering on promises, being visible, clarity around vision and valuing each contribution your people make can help engagement to soar. something exciting your business offers? Say it here.
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