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Purpose drives Success and Happiness

What’s the point?

It’s a seemingly simple question that can have several different meanings. It can be an expression of hopelessness, a seeking of clarification, the start of an argument or a search for purpose.

The Japanese have another word for purpose – ‘ikigai’, a concept meaning ‘a reason for being’ and according to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life – Wikipedia.

This is often the […]

How to build your Self-Belief?

Self-Belief is one of the 8 key qualities of REAL Leaders (ABC of REAL Leadership). It is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives and especially for leaders but many people struggle to maintain a strong sense of self-belief. Sadly, this can be a vicious circle as people who lack self-belief can find it adversely affecting their performance which in turn reduces their level of self-belief making it difficult to become successful.

What do we mean by Self-belief?

In contrast to the vicious circle that reduces of Self-Belief there is also a virtuous circle generated by the positive interactions […]

By |February 20th, 2017|Leadership, Posts|0 Comments|

What is the Meaning of Your Life?

To ask “What is the meaning of my life?” is more than just a philosophical or intellectual exercise, it is the key to living a life that is fulfilling, satisfying and happy though meaning and happiness do not always go hand in hand.
“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” – Anaïs Nin, (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin)
Many people reach a point in their life at which they ask themselves “What’s […]

Two Simple Steps to Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness gives us the chance to act in ways that maximise our own performance and get the best out of those we lead by removing the ‘interference’ that would otherwise get in the way.

We already have a level of self-awareness and in some of us it could be quite well developed while in others it will be less so. There will also be things that other people know about us that we may or may not know and the Johari Window is a useful way to understand what this means. For more on the Johari Window click here.

The Johari […]

The Importance of Self-Awareness for Leaders

Self-Awareness is essential for anyone aspiring to be an effective leader because it is our awareness of the way we Are and the way we Behave that allows us to understand how we can change and develop.
The ability to recognise and understand personal moods, emotions and drives as well as their effects on others is a key aspect of Emotional Intelligence but Self-Awareness needs to be more than that for leaders. It is also important to understand our strengths, talents, preferences, habits, values, beliefs and how we make decisions to be able to gain a rounded view of how […]

Don’t Leave Value For Money to the Beancounters

In Social Housing the essential concept of ‘Value For Money’ has been distorted and rendered no more than a bean counting exercise. How could we possibly expect anything different when responsibility for monitoring and regulation on value for money was left to the bean counters.

The Homes and Communities Agency has warned that Housing Associations must improve their performance on value for money evidence or the regulator will step in. The HCA regulators want to see:

Social landlords providing a common framework with value for money metrics against which to measure their performance.
Transparency in value for money statements.
Boards […]

By |November 24th, 2016|Housing, Posts|0 Comments|

TLC for Middle Managers

Let’s be honest, we don’t take enough care of our middle managers. We expect them to lead their teams and get the job done but usually they have been promoted to manager on the strength of their ‘technical’ skills. They will have had precious little training or support to develop the skills they need to manage people.

They end up being the ‘squeezed middle’. Junior staff get training so they can deliver better for customers. Senior managers get support to make sure there is effective leadership of the organisation often in the form of personal coaching.

For senior managers, coaching […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Management, Posts|0 Comments|

The Secret to a Fulfilling Third Life

The Third Life is that period in our lives when we are free from the need to drive a career and still healthy enough to do the things we want to do.

It used to be said that there were three ages: Growing Up, Working and Retirement and the University of the Third Age was founded on the premise of catering for people in their Third Age. People would expect to work until they retired and lived a life of leisure for what time they had left.

Today, we can say that there are four ages in our life: Growing Up, Work, […]

REAL Leaders are Made not Born

 “The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less” – John C. Maxwell

There are possibly as many definitions of Leadership as there are HR professionals and a search in the Amazon books store on ‘Leadership’ would give you 98,089 results. Most of those books would probably say that the job of Leadership is about:

Articulating a vision
Inspiring, engaging and motivating people
Creating the right culture
Getting the right people on board

To achieve all of that, the Leader will need to have a range of highly tuned skills and Leadership Development usually focuses on skills, competencies […]

The Importance of Value for Money

The ability of a social landlord to deliver Value for Money is arguably the single most important factor in measuring its success and yet the social housing sector still has not been able to give the issue the attention it deserves.

The debate recently has centred round the HCAs action in downgrading a small group of landlords for failing to publish a transparent, robust and timely value for money self-assessment as required under the regulator’s rules. The HCA also warned a further larger group of landlords that they hadn’t met all of the requirements and must do better next time.

It […]