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An edit of newly added resources and those proving consistently popular among our partners' teams.
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Raul Aparici on mitigating impostor syndrome
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Kate and Catherine on pausing, for conversational space
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Kate and Catherine on intentional listening
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Kate and Catherine on questioning well
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Worksheet: Time Blocking
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Kate and Catherine on the coaching opportunity
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Matteo's coaching reflections
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Kas's reflections on listening and questioning well
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Time Blocking, and bringing some colour into your calendar
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Worksheet: Owning Feedback
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Making the case for situational flexibility as leaders
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eCourse: Difficult Conversations
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Mentors, Sponsors and Champions. With Abi Adamson
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Effective Allyship. With Abi Adamson
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What's your Privilege Pledge? With Abi Adamson
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Diversify your feed. With Abi Adamson
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Privilege reflections. With Abi Adamson
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Mindful toothbrushing. With Dr. Sam Akbar
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Anchor dropping. With Dr. Sam Akbar
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5,4,3,2,1 — a mindfulness technique. With Dr. Sam Akbar
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Urge surfing. With Dr. Sam Akbar
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Everyday mindfulness. With Dr. Sam Akbar
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Making room for emotions (and the weather). With Dr. Sam Akbar
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Letting go of emotions. With Dr. Sam Akbar
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How do you notice your thoughts? With Dr. Sam Akbar
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A coaching conversation around strengths
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eCourse: Confidence Mastery
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Daniel Goleman's Six Leadership Styles, explained by Louise Hedges
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eCourse: Mastering Delegation
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eCourse: Time Management and Prioritisation
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eCourse: Get SET with your Goals
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Perspectives on privilege, with Abi Adamson
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Neurodivergent Perspectives. Lexi Keegan in conversation with Dr. Anne Cockayne
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Neurodiversity know-how: The Spiky Profile explained
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Neurodiversity explained, with Dr. Anne Cockayne
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Neuroinclusion at work: Thinking about adjustments
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Neurodiversity know-how. Autism with Dr. Anne Cockayne
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Neurodiversity know-how. ADHD with Dr. Anne Cockayne
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Neurodiversity know-how. Dyslexia with Dr. Anne Cockayne
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Micro-learning: Setting Better Boundaries
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eCourse: Practicing a Coaching Approach
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Finding fortitude, and follow on experiments
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eCourse: Conscious Inclusion
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Seven things to avoid when writing at work
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Share genuinely useful feedback with the BID model
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Solve problems before they happen with pre-mortems
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Five tactics for influencing those more senior
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Five powerful questions for adding impact and insight to your next interview.
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Try out the CAR technique, and upgrade your understanding when interviewing someone.
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Smart ways to frame questions in your next mentoring session
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Try the 5 Whys to invigorate your problem solving and add depth to your decisions.
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Course Pack: Effective Allyship, with Abi Adamson
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Course Pack: Voice Gym. Building your vocal confidence
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A three minute mindset exercise, to support a coaching approach
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Try this deep listening exercise for deeper connection and better conversations
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Experiment with the BRAIN model for confident decision making and problem solving
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Discover the impact a five minute favour can have on your relationships, and network building
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Homework for Life: A ten-second daily ritual for noticing, capturing and practicing stories
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Course Pack: Storytelling
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Practical storytelling principles from Bobette Buster's book — Do: Story
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Evolve your 'inner mentor' — a short reflective exercise to focus your development, and the ways you can better support others
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Experiment with a Springboard Story to communicate your change idea, and take people with you towards it.
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Course Pack: Natural Networking
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Tone Policing - What it is, why it's unhelpful and how to helpfully notice it.
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Find the Coaching in Criticism. Things to try when feedback doesn't quite land
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The 4Ds. A practical framework for acknowledging microaggressions
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Mindful breathing — the foundation of focus and flow
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Channel that fly on the wall. Try some purposeful self talk to mitigate moments of doubt
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Add some friction to your most common distractions
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Build belief by recognising small wins — Try a 'Done List'
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Make your next meeting a Silent Meeting
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Immediately build your confidence, with a 'Can-If' statement
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Don't forget to diarise thinking time — experiment with a 'To Think' list
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Smarten your approach to setbacks, by trying out a Setback Story
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Get clear on control with a Clarity Clap
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Everything I Know about Life I Learned from PowerPoint — What we learned and where it led...
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How to be a meaningful mentor, insights from a purposeful podcast
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Design (and share) your If > Then statements, for a purposefully prompt towards action
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Practice the principles of persuasion from 'Godfather of Influence,' Robert Cialdini.
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Six steps for finding focus and flow, with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in mind
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Course Pack: Making Time
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Great questions to ask in coaching conversations, 1-1's and other curious contexts

Add some friction to your most common distractions

The danger with distractions is that they're so available to us; more often than not they're just a click, thought or wander away. In their super-practical book, You Coach You, Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis introduce the idea of adding 'friction to distraction' and getting intentional about what's in the way of getting the right stuff done.
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How long does it take to check that new text? Or scan a new email that's just dropped in? Or have a quick chat with Amy who you can see is making a cup of tea. Distractions like these might take just a minute or so, but our addiction to them takes its toll on our workflow and zaps our energy. As Phil Dobson points on in his brilliant little book about our brains, we are not made for multi-tasking, and 'focus-switching' blocks our best and more important work (so maybe don't click that link just yet).

Find friction for focus

If we deliberately and pre-emptively add ‘friction’ around the actions (or distractions) that we know are likely to arise, we can steal back the time and energy that those texts, tabs, Twitter and trips to the toaster can easily take from us. The idea is to make these focus shifts less rewarding and less readily available. Or, as the behavioural scientists say, 'reduce their saliency'.

Three simple examples

💡 Add friction to distraction when working on your computer by turning off all notifications, and closing all programmes you're not working in.
💡 Add friction to the distraction that mobile devices bring by keeping yours out of sight.
💡 Add friction to distraction and stopping half way through a task by using the Pomodoro technique, and working in 20 minute sprints with an intentional break in-between them.

🤔 Some coaching questions to consider

In You Coach You, Helen and Sarah recommend asking yourself the following ‘coach yourself questions’ to reveal opportunities for adding some friction to counter distraction.

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What is your biggest distraction downfall?
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How does it get in the way?
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What would the benefit of overcoming your distraction downfall be?
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How could you add friction to your distraction downfall to make it less appealing or harder to access?

Breaking the habit

Distractions are difficult habits to break, but by cutting our access to them, or putting blockers in place, you can cement them in your mind as a negative and stop them getting in your way.

Let us know your tactics for adding friction to your distractions - we'd love to add them to this resource.

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