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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.
Good Qs
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

Finding fortitude, and follow on experiments

We thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with author and workplace culture enthusiast Bruce Daisley; hearing more on the core ideas at the heart of his new book Fortitude — and Bruce's belief that building resilience is best considered a team sport: "It's the strength that we draw from each other."
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"From me-ness, to we-ness"

We thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with author and workplace culture enthusiast Bruce Daisley; hearing more on the core ideas at the heart of his new book Fortitudeand Bruce's belief that building resilience is best considered a team sport: "It's the strength that we draw from each other."

🚀 Bruce used his reframing of Richard Ryan and Edward Deci's definitive social psychological theory of 'self-determination' (why we do the things we do) — to argues for three key drivers of the ways we feel: Control, Identity and Community. Bruce sees the latter as the most overlooked when it comes to the proactive building of resilience reserves.

👇 Below we've shared some recommended resources, lateral bits and related experiments — helpful we hope for sharing, discussing and trying new things together in your teams.

Fortitude awaits!

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"Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything."
John Kenneth Galbraith

Bruce advocated for a more intentionally inclusive leadership style, agreeing that facilitating meetings with purpose is becoming a core skill for work today. Meetings and gatherings clearly fulfil the need to create a sense of community, and when facilitated well they enable individual identities to reveal themselves too. Bruce also shared a lovely story from his research of the book about a team member who launched 'crisps Thursday' to do just that.

👉 Priya Parker's book The Art of Gathering builds on this brilliantly, much of which is boiled down in this timely Ted Talk.

👉 You can also hear her discuss ideas and advice is this episode of podcast series Hurry Slowly

👉 Experiment with some Liberating Structures, and Gamestorming.

👉 One of the questions put to Bruce was how togetherness can best be created among teams working in very distributed and asynchronous ways. As well as advocating for the deliberate diarising of 'softer time together', and collaborative tools like Miro and Mural — the potential for mentoring programmes came up (as a drive not just of community but to enable discovery around individual identity). Some good reading on that at HBR, here and here.

👉 These micro-learning doses will give you a daily experiment towards better meetings and group.

👉 Bruce's managed a comparison of positive psychology pioneer Martin Seligman to a Meet the Fockers era Robert De Niro, and fellow humorist David Mitchell delved excellent into the art and science of meeting well in his BBC podcast series.

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Don't ditch the 'me-ness' entirely

In Fortitude Bruce parks his tanks on the lawn of what he calls the 'Resilience Orthodoxy' — challenging an over-reliance on the work of Martin Seligman (positive psychology), Carol Dweck (growth mindset) and Angela Duckworth (Grit). Might this lead to an unhelpful view that it's all on us to manage our resilience?

Bruce acknowledged the room for nuance in it all, and how his vision of a more consciously collegiate approach to resilience still relied on autonomy and a recognition of what's within our unique individual control. Echoing the excellent recent insights of Ian Robertson on confidence, Bruce points out more than once in Fortitude that mindfulness and attention to our breath is often the required foundational step to feeling any kind of control.

👉 Try these experiments to experience just that.

🚀 And when it comes to recognising individual progress (core to the Ryan and Deci work he's drawn his model from) one of Bruce's key recommendations to the teams he talks to is to make a ritual of recognition, and to find moment to collectively share what's working well.

👉 This is an excellent primer, or refresher, on how to purposeful provide feedback in your team.

🧠 Missed the session? You'll likely enjoy this excellent exchange on Fortitude between Bruce and behavioural science maestro Rory Sutherland.

🤔 And if you've not yet come across it, Bruce's longstanding Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast is superb.

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