Last week I attended the Barefoot Winter Conference at Prestwold Hall (beautiful location – and yes I’m slightly biased because it’s where I got married!). This post is a collation of my thoughts and reflections from the day which I know will help me learn and absorb, and which I hope will have some nuggets of interest and insight for you.
This session is from Zurich Life – James Sutherland (Interim Business Consultant) and Kirsty Knight (HR Business Consultant) – they’re going to be talking about embedding change through employee involvement and centrally organised initiatives. These two sound opposing positions so I’m intrigued to learn how they’ve made this work. I’m wondering if this is Polarity Thinking in play where it can’t be one or the other and success comes from balancing both.
Think of yourself at work and how it feels right now.
If you imagine you’re in a box at work, what would that box be like?
Are you in a roomy box with space to spread yourself out and change position?
Are you cramped in a box that you feel you could burst out of any minute?
Do you remember once feeling like you could burst out and now you feel like you’ve shrunk to fit inside?
I’ve been really enjoying having some space to blog recently and I’ve written for a couple of people I guest blog for.
This one for The HR Director magazine which is about how we can get stuck in our emotions and thoughts, and how we can move out of that place.
And this one (the one I mis-posted a draft of the other week!) for Bray and Bray Solicitors about the challenging world of workplace relationships, and shifting those from the playground to an adult world.
First, some context and disclaimer stuff: I’m a working mum, I’m definitely not an employment law expert so apologies to anyone reading this who is. If you’re reading my blog for the first time, this isn’t my normal kind of content and you can read the other stuff I write here. For the purposes of this post I’m sticking with the stereotypical perspective of women as the main carers of kids, and who want to work part time to fulfil both roles.
How often have you seen or heard this?
They’re just no good at their job, I keep having to pick up the slack? I haven’t got time to do my own work because they’re incapable of doing their’s. If only they could sort it out we’d all be better off. I don’t even know why they’re still here – they don’t contribute anything.
A few weeks back I was feeling frustrated. I’m an independent person with a high achievement drive and these characteristics, which can be strengths, were holding me back – “I wish I could go to that event – but I can’t because I’ve been away quite alot recently and the kids need me here”….”I wish I could get half an hour to catch up on SoMe in the morning – but I can’t because I need to do breakfast and get the kids ready”…..”I wish I could exercise more – but I can’t because by the time I’ve got the kids to bed, had some tea, done some work or housework, there’s no time….” and so on.
Last week I was honoured and excited to be invited to be on the blog squad for the CIPD at their annual L&D show at the Olympia in London.
It’s the third year in a row that I’ve attended. The first of those I was blown away by some of the content I was hearing, the first insight for me into a big world outside of my day job where great stuff was happening in organisations with inclusive cultures based on the belief that everyone has talent, it’s just about unlocking it.
Wow! What an amazing month April’s been for fabulous feelings and philosophies on feedback! 33 posts all together! Impressive stuff and a great wealth of insight has been created on a topic which is clearly an area of work that continues to need some attention so that we can improve.
Thank you to everyone who’s contributed. It’s only because of you that this curation is possible and able to benefit others with this same challenge.
I’m delighted to be hosting this piece for #FeedbackCarnival from Margaret Burnside. Margaret works as People Development Director at ERAS Ltd with a focus on developing leaders, both locally in East Anglia and nationally. Margaret has a passion for coaching and mentoring and here writes a practical guide to providing feedback to others in a way that is beneficial to the recipient.