According to Harvard Business Review, managers and employees are spending 50% more time in collaborative activities (virtual and face to face meetings, phone calls, e-mail) compared with 20 years ago. While collaboration and information sharing are vital in today’s interconnected world, it is important to ask if all of this collaboration is adding value. Collaborative activities account for up to 80% of some employees’ time – is the remaining 20% sufficient time to allocate to critical work they are personally responsible for delivering? When there is over-reliance on collaboration, the ‘best’ collaborators may get sucked into an energy sapping vortex of [...]
About Betty O'CallaghanBelieves passionately that coaching and facilitating are catalysts for action and self-accountability – igniting enthusiasm, creativity, energy, and focus. She is inspired by the insights, courage, and capacity of clients as they connect with their inner confidence and initiate actions to achieve their visions. Betty adopts a collaborative, solution-focused, results-oriented process, tapping the clients’ positive energy and inner wisdom, facilitating the enhancement of personal insight, life experience, and goal attainment.
‘We’re all in this together’ is a common slogan around Covid19 and I’ve seen it previously used referring to the economy, the environment, climate change and so on. It’s put me thinking about the workplace and what ‘we’re all in this together’ means in the work context. For many ‘we’re all in this together’ is seen as synonymous with a call to teamwork. Indeed we hear so much about teamwork and collaboration and the benefits accruing to organisations that get this right. A quick check in the Harvard Business Review site yields 2,448 results - undoubtedly there are real benefits - [...]
I was coaching a client some time back who was trying to decide if he would move on from his current role or stay put. We did an exercise where he explored the downsides of staying, the upsides of moving on and the upsides of staying – it seemed very clear that the energy and upsides around moving on were way stronger than those for staying in current role. Now he was the Managing Director of his current organisation and I had noticed that his face lit up whenever he talked about the work the organisation did, the people they took [...]
We’ve been using the time since the onset of Covid19 to think anew about how we bring value to our executive coaching clients. Client circumstances vary all the way from business closure/redundancies to pivoting their business to those who are experiencing significant growth and opportunity in these times. What is true for all is that change, whether planned or not, is engulfing them right now. We’ve been asking clients how we help them most and we’ve been reading current research and upskilling ourselves. And it seems to us that the coaching landscape is changing rapidly. Peter Hawkins talks about Coaching the [...]
What’s the difference you’re seeking to make in the world? As you go about your daily work and life do you have an over-arching intention? A commitment that enriches your day? An intent unique and precious to you? A purpose that when you’re honouring it you feel energised, decisions come easier, you’re buzzing, you’re pumping on all cylinders? And, when things go wrong, a purpose that endures and guides you, fuelling your resilience and persistence to prevail? Usually the wording of an intention looks very simple – something like ‘To ignite creativity’ ‘To connect and reach out’ ‘To ask questions and [...]
As I use this Covid19 time to ‘sharpen the saw’ as Stephen Covey exhorts us, I’m loving reading the latest edition of The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner. They’ve been researching for decades now on how to make extraordinary things happen in organisations. There’s so much talk all the time around organisational values and they’re important of course – provided that they’re real and not of the vanilla variety that we see so often accompanying organisational mission statements. What’s really bowled me over is Kouzes & Posner’s research showing the vital importance of our personal values as leaders – in [...]