Growth Tips

Are you wanting to set yourself apart and enhance your performance? 

Growth never happens when you are in your comfort zone, so we’ve recorded practical, proactive tips to spotlight key areas to help you uplift your potential.

FRIDAY FUEL – every Friday Sara Eddington @culturecatcher and I share tips to enhance your performance. Below are ones we’ve recorded so far. We’d love you to join us on our Facebook page for up to date and relevant tips.

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Series: Recruit for Culture

NURTURE CANDIDATES

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NURTURE CANDIDATES 

Love thy………candidates?  Yes – candidates!!! 

Too often we hear stories about candidates, looking for all kinds of roles, get ghosted – even when they are down to the final 2!  

Nurturing candidates has never been more important as you never know when a person you’ve said no to for one role – turns out to be perfect for another! 

So let’s get excited about hiring new people and create connections that matter and are memorable.   

TRANSFORM YOUR INTERVIEWS

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TRANSFORM YOUR INTERVIEWS 

Ever gotten to the end of an interview and still been unsure if the person is right for the role? 

With all the different options for assessing capability – it’s time to dust off the standard face to face interview, throw some energy and excitement into the process (and your interactions with your candidates) and create something truly memorable and engaging. 

How to enrich your interviews and interview process!

GET LASER FOCUSED

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GET LASER FOCUSED

Can you relate to ‘mind-fog’ or lack of ‘head-space’?

Here’s some practical tips to decrease brain fatigue and get you laser focused on what’s important in the roles you’re recruiting for – so you don’t leave anything to chance and secure the best person for your business and team.

Today we spotlight getting laser focused on competencies and share top tips on how to:

  • Screen for competence not, experience
  • A method for creating a competency matrix
  • Get more from your candidate responses
  • Cut through the ramble
  • Not get caught up in ‘shiny’ responses

LOCK IN FOUNDATIONS

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LOCK IN THE FOUNDATIONS

Is your attraction and recruitment strategy really working for you? Have you truly linked your attraction and recruitment processes to leverage your stand out factor?

When we’re in the privileged position of searching for a new person to join our business, how we present brand, our business and ourselves speaks for itself.

When done well, you can end up in the enviable position where you have candidates approaching you for work, before you even have a vacancy!

So join us in this 4-part series where we take you on a journey showcasing How to Recruit for Culture.

Series: Future Focused Conversations Framework

KEEP IT LIVE: DRIVE RESULTS

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KEEP IT LIVE: DRIVE RESULTS

When there is a lot of change taking place, or there had been a lot of change across a team it can be difficult to keep track of what matters, focus on the right things, drive excitement and achieve results.

Part 5 of our Future Focused Conversation Framework identifies tactics for you to focus on what matters and keep driving momentum.

Key practical tips shared this week:

Creating conversations that count

Chunk it down – 7, 14, 21 days

Target key behaviours and habits – set up actions that drive a forward trajectory

Celebrate success – including the small wins!

GROW STRENGTHS, LEVERAGE PASSION

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GROW STRENGTHS, LEVERAGE PASSION

Often the most forgotten part of a Future Forward Conversation is the Personal Development Discussion. Yet, this is critical!

It helps people navigate ‘how’ to achieve performance; gets them involved in truly formative change that sticks AND builds on creating excitement and engagement.

Part 4 of our Future Focused Conversation Framework shares with you how to grow individual strengths and leverage their passion for what they do.

When creating personal goals, don’t just focus on learning on developing weaknesses. ALWAYS develop and maintain an upward trajectory of learning by improving and leveraging existing strengths.

GET FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE

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GET FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE

Not sure about you; but unless I really want to do something and are committed to it, the goal will drop down my priority list!

When we create better goal ownership our team members are super-charged to achieve their goals!

Taking that a step further, when we integrate our culture, values and behaviors into our goal setting – optimal performance by everyone can be achieved.

Part 2 of our Future Focused Conversation Framework shares with you the path to setting up your future goals for success.

GET YOUR DEBRIEF RIGHT WITH NO SURPRISES

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Can you imagine a time when neither you nor your team have any anxiety about having a performance discussion?

When you have regular and ongoing conversations about how your teams are progressing with goals, the Future Focused Conversations become centered not only on how the goal is going and whether it has been achieved – but about the lessons learned on the road to achieving those goals.

They truly land the “WIIFM” messaging.

Part 1 of our 3-step Future Focused Conversation framework shares with you how to have clear and structured debriefs.

HOW-TO’ PERFORMANCE SERIES TO TRANSFORM YOUR TEAM REVIEWS

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Would you drive your car looking in the rear vision mirror?

Probably not, so why is it that when many businesses have reviews with their teams, they spend so much time rehashing the past?

If you’re looking to elevate your culture and performance, ditch the archaic annual ‘review’ process and transform your conversations, so you have greater connection with your teams and accelerate results –this 5-part ‘How-to’ Performance series is for you.

Our 3-step Future Focused Conversation Framework covers what to cover, how to cover it and indicates the time allocation for each part of your conversation:

Series: Elevating Goal Success

GOAL : CONFIRM

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BOOST SUCCESS LEVELS

Build on the excitement and momentum! This is the stage where everything can unravel so don’t miss this out.

As you go through the full goal setting conversation you need to be SEEKING AGREEMENT AT EVERY STEP.

This way there are less likely to be any surprises at the end.

Key practical tips shared this week: 

  1. Seek agreement every step of the way (not just at the end)
  2. Watch your ‘talk time’ – ask open ended questions
  3. Observe, watch for cues and offer reassurances – don’t let issues slide
  4. Seek understanding and start points in their own words

We would love to hear how you get on with these activities and please remember to share the tips with someone else!

GOAL : GROWTH

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ELEVATED GROWTH DOESN’T OCCUR IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE

High performance is created when you learn to BECOME COMFORTABLE FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE.

To achieve more we need to stretch yourselves, step out of the comfort zone and do new things.

It is with this ‘stretch’ that great things happen.

The stretch needs to be big enough to elevate performance but not too big that it throws you int overwhelm.

Correctly designed Stretch goals sets you up for success!

Key practical tips shared this week: 

  1. Tailor to the person for best traction
  2. Effect Recent performance has on how the person sees stretch goals
  3. Resources wrap around the success of the goal to an optimal part

GOAL : SPECIFIC

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You’ve got this! Be SPECIFIC.

Let’s lock in solid foundations that set everyone up for success.

When everyone is clear on the goal and expectations; passion and motivation is ignited.

The clearer the goal the greater chance of success; less room for misinterpretation – so people are less likely to go off on a different tangent.

Another key part is Linking to a larger business goal. This creates meaning and purpose, a sense of security and definition. Everyone knows the part they play in their own success, the team’s success and the businesses success.

Three criteria to create clarity and make sure it is SPECIFIC: 

  1. Make each word count
  2. Make it measurable
  3. Have a timeframe

GOAL : COLLABORATE

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COLLABRORATE | ACHIEVE BETTER OUTCOMES TOGETHER 

Do you set goals with others but still not getting the traction you want?

In this series we will spotlight one success FACTOR each week. You guessed it, we kick off today with Part 1 – COLLABORATE

COLLABORATE is all about Connection, engagement, creating momentum and excitement .. it also creates relevancy and ignites passion to see a goal through.

Key practical tips shared week:

  1. Lead with Purpose and Intent – Dual involvement will deliver you success
  2. Challenge your leadership style to powerup your Collaboration craft
  3. Change up the Coaching vs. Directive approach dependent on your audience and goal

Series: 5 Steps for Transformational Coaching

COACH : FOLLOW-UP

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COACHING LATELY … HOW WAS YOUR TALK TIME?

Have you ever thought that the percentage of time you spend talking maybe correlated to the chance of behaviour change in the people you are coaching?

This video is all about Optimising your Coaching Conversation for greater results – it is about using all the information and planning you have done in the previous 2-steps to elevate growth!

This is Step 3 in the 5-step Transformational Coaching Model.

Key practical tips shared week:

  1. Talk time awareness – you should be speaking less!
  2. #1 skill of a great coach – asking thought provoking questions and creating space for the coachee to think and process
  3. 1,2,3 practical approach – show them, do together, they do it with you supporting, they do it on their own
  4. Continually observe and pick up on cues, no matter how small – pivot accordingly
  5. Agree on Check-in / next steps

COACH : CONVERSATION

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COACHING LATELY … HOW WAS YOUR TALK TIME?

Have you ever thought that the percentage of time you spend talking maybe correlated to the chance of behaviour change in the people you are coaching?

This video is all about Optimising your Coaching Conversation for greater results – it is about using all the information and planning you have done in the previous 2-steps to elevate growth!

This is Step 3 in the 5-step Transformational Coaching Model.

Key practical tips shared week:

  1. Talk time awareness – you should be speaking less!
  2. #1 skill of a great coach – asking thought provoking questions and creating space for the coachee to think and process
  3. 1,2,3 practical approach – show them, do together, they do it with you supporting, they do it on their own
  4. Continually observe and pick up on cues, no matter how small – pivot accordingly
  5. Agree on Check-in / next steps

COACH : PLAN

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SUCCESS IS IN THE PLANNING!

Part 2 of our 5-step Transformational Coaching Formula takes you through setting up your coaching programme for success.

Key practical planning tips shared week:

  1. Chunk and frame your coaching for greater engagement and results
  2. Match resources to the coachee’s style to ensure quicker and better learning
  3. Include practical activities and interaction actions to keep the coachee involved

COACH : DISCOVER

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READY TO TAKE YOUR COACHING TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

Here’s our proven 5-step Transformational Coaching Formula

Our 4-part series shares hacks that will transform your coaching resulting in better engagement and growth.

Key practical tips shared this week:

  1. Observe to discover, learn and adjust
  2. What to look for to ensure your coaching hits the mark

Series: Activating Team Performance

TEAM DEBATES

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NEED NEW IDEAS? Listen UP! 

GROW EXPONENTIALLY by encouraging robust debate.

To be agile we need to challenge the status quo.

You might think you know what’s right, but if you stop listening, you could miss out on that one thing that could elevate performance.

Creating a safe and healthy culture that supports and encourages the sharing of different perspectives, leads to functional healthy constructive debate. Encouraging the expression of ideas and thoughts even if they contradict the status quo reaps rewards all-round.

Bring back on track any dysfunctional debate with the two tips in this week’s video:

TIP #1 : Change the State – reframe, rephrase and take control back

TIP #2 – Take them on a Journey – explore and expand their thought process

TEAM PERFORM

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ACCELERATE YOUR TEAM PERFORMANCE!

A recent study from the US has shown that one of the most important components of a recognition program is peer to peer feedback.

This week we spotlight tools you can implement with your team to uplift their performance:

Key practical tips we share:

  1. CATCH – scene setting so your team can ‘catch’ each doing great work and give positive feedback
  2. ACCOUNTABILITIES BUDDIES – developing strength within your team so the right work gets done and the ‘busy’ factor becomes a distant memory
  3. GRATITUDE – learning how to show up and show thanks and appreciation for others.

Team V-Meet

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DO YOU FIND YOURSELF LOSING FOCUS IN A VIRTUAL MEETING?

This is your time as a leader to genuinely step up and master the meetings you run.

Key practical tips shared this week:

  1. #1 VALUE – VALUE  VALUE  VALUE  It’s simple but effective – people will stay focused if they are getting something out of it.
  2. BE RUTHLESS, challenge your meetings, ask for feedback, ask what they want, need etc.
  3. BE CLEAR ON PURPOSE & VALUE PURPOSE
  4. ACTIVE ROLES – what will each person do? - simple roles that create great connection and ownership
  5. KEEP ENERGY UP – interaction + 7-min energy state changes
  6. KNOW & USE YOUR TECH - Know how to screen share, use break out rooms
  7. VALUE + INTERACTION - Use the online functions e.g. chat, polls
  8. Try and have a  MODERATOR, especially with larger groups.
  9. ESTABLISH GROUND RULES  e.g. keep videos on and remove the easy distractions

TEAM FOCUS

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‘TEAM FOCUS’ - BECOME LASER FOCUSED ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT

HOW MUCH HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED RECENTLY?

We’re heading into the last 3rd  and 4th  of the calendar  year  so Sara and I wanted to share some practical tips for keeping your team focused.

TEAM FOCUS – is always important.  But  right  now, we need to make sure we RESET and spotlight team focus.

Just because  our prior plans and focus were  correct –  it  doesn’t  mean  they  will be  the  right  activities for  right now.

Practical tips shared week:

1.  30, 60, 90 day plans

  • ID a team goal; Strat goal
  • Brainstorm the mini goals/milestones that need to be hit to achieve the goal
  • Add in detail – Key tasks
  • Add in priority order
  • Who is leading this?
  • Follow-up – reviews and refine

2.  5, 14, 21 Day Activity Plan

Taking your 30,60,90 day  plan – it’s time to make it come to life. Get laser focused on exactly what is the focus areas;  creating  clarity, direction and purpose.

TEAM RESET

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LOCK IN TEAM BELONGING

Our 5 part July series is all about Activating Team Performance – proactive tips can you apply that will help you uplift your team to new heights.

The foundation of your team starts with BELONGING. As teams connect back together and learn (and adapt) to work in different ways, it’s important to spotlight TEAM BELONGING.

This week In Part 1 we focus on TEAM RESET.

We explore two main areas:

  • Team Culture
    Why are we in this together – what does it mean to be part of this team; why do I want to get out of bed and come to work to be part of this team
  • Values & Behaviours Spotlight
    Spotlighting team values; identifying how we live and breathe these everyday

Series: Leading in Times of Uncertainty

SUPPORTING OTHERS THROUGH UNCERTAINLY?

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SUPPORTING OTHERS THROUGH UNCERTAINTY?

Part 4 of our 4 part series is setting yourself up for success when supporting others.

Keeping an eye out for others is key in times of uncertainty. Those around us may be acting out of character or holding up a front and trying to cope but need a helping hand. We are also human and going through our stuff; that is why practicing some key fundamental supporting actions can make a big difference.

  1. Todays’ Friday Fuel showcases:
  2. Showing up when people need us
  3. Knowing what role, they want you to take
  4. How to Respond (engage brain) rather than Reacting

SHOW UP EMOTIONALLY IN TIMES OF CHANGE

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ARE YOUR EMOTIONS BEING TESTED?

Right now, many people are being tested emotional in different ways. We are seeing people react to things they normally wouldn’t.

Part 3 in our 4 part series looks at ‘How you show up emotionally in times of change’.

It is about being human. When we front up, understand our triggers, have handling techniques we show up more professionally and we create a reputation we can be proud of and build our future on.

Key practical tips shared week:

  1. Identify your triggers, what this is costing you,
  2. Correction tips to re-adjust when you catch yourself
  3. Easy 3-step Self Awareness formula
  4. Showing up as a leader (bonus tip)

Optimising Your Energy

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OPTIMISE YOUR ENERGY

Are you feeling like your energy is zapped? You’re not alone!
Our June series spotlights how to best set yourselves up in times of change.
We share three proactive tips.

  1. Understand your energy flow and boost your performance
  2. Manage your energy credits
  3. Set up for success with a focused morning routine

Matching Energy to Workload

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GET BETTER RESULTS FASTER!

Fire up your focus, feel energised to make things happen.
We share tips to help you gain back time in your day to do the things you want to.

  1. Review and spotlight your activity load
  2. Match your activity load to your energy

Series: Reclaiming your Attention

Attention Distraction

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RECLAIM YOUR FOCUS

If you feel like your attention is getting hijacked and distracted, check out these practical and proactive actions.

Easy 4-step formula to Reclaim your Focus.

  1. Clarify
  2. Eliminate
  3. Sprint-Reset
  4. Declutter

Attention Hijack

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THE ATTENTION HIJACK IN CONVERSATIONS

Focus is not something you just have – it’s a skill you gain by training your mind.
We share three proactive tips.

  1. Easy 4-step formula to train your brain to pay attention.
  2. Reflect back on your conversations and rate how well you’re going being present and fully engaged
  3. Team hijack spotlight – A high-impact quick exercise for your team meetings.

Connect & Reconnect

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