Eleanor Hayman of Flame Tree Coaching facilitated an engaging and interactive workshop on Adaptive Leadership on 23 February, which was well received by the LIP and set the scene for future workshops to be run by Eleanor across the 2 year program.
As a previous LIP Participant, Eleanor brings valuable skills and experience as well as first hand knowledge of what leaders can develop from the program and as always, her content is highly regarded and has long term and practical uses.
Commencing with a lighthearted ice breaking exercise, we learned about our individual ‘secret talent' which included race car driving, guitar making, ball room dancing, aerial skiing and figure skating, some of which were genuine and others made up for the purposes of entertainment!
Goals for the workshop were shared and kept top of mind throughout the session, and included
• Learn to hold myself accountable
• Better understanding of self and how to apply the knowledge
• Identify my blind spots
• Being able to better understand and ‘read’ people and discern their motivation
• Use information regarding my profile to improve my adaptiveness
• Reflect on my own style
One of the more valuable exercises of the workshop was to identify people in our teams who were easiest (5) and most challenging (1) to work or communicate with and to develop a communication plan based on our own personality style, and what we might assume would be theirs based on observed behaviour and in the context of the DISC model. The goal was not to place blame but to accept responsibility for our own communication and leadership styles and identify how we can perform better to assist the team to achieve our common goals.
Towards the end of the session we each received a snap shot of our DISC profile, and the session closed with each LIP receiving the first half of their personalised report, highlighting our strengths, natural and adapted behaviours and how we respond under pressure.
Feedback was positive and the workshop was a great basis for future learning with Eleanor, with the next session planned for 1 June.
Robert Kempton delivered a fantastic vote of thanks before we closed the session and continued on with our weekend. Thanks to all the LIP and Eleanor for devoting valuable weekend time to this great event.
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