Over the past year, we have developed some new positive psychology based approaches to personal development, engagement coaching and cultural change with some excellent results in our work with clients. So now it is time for us to look in the mirror – to lead by example and do it ourselves. Would you like to join us? Here is how. Under our EngageMentality coaching model, we have identified 5 prisms through which we look at and design peoples’ development. They are:
- Role(s): the functions that I perform and the technical skills and knowledge that I need to be successful in the role(s)
- Relationships: who are the key people with whom I relate, the people who rely on me and those whom I rely on to get good outcomes
- Values: what does good behaviour look like for me and for the people whom I work with
- Strengths: what am I innately good at and how do I utilise those strengths to good effect – if you haven’t done so, undertake the free VIA Character Strengths Survey
- Wellbeing: what I need to lead a balanced life which provides the nourishment that I need to flourish physically, mentally and socially
With each of those, we apply the Appreciative Inquiry methodology to define:
- Where we are at now in terms of our strengths (what’s working well) and opportunities (what can get better) – AI Discovery Phase
- Where we want to be in 12 months time – AI Dream Phase
- What actions will we take to leverage the strengths and take advantage of the opportunities – AI Design Phase
- Committing to and implementing my plan to deliver my Dream – AI Destiny Phase.
Put it all in a simple action plan with the following columns:
- The development objective
- The development actions
- The people responsible for the actions (you or you and someone)
- The timelines for the actions
- The status (tracking progress, celebrating achievements and recalibrating as needed)
The challenge then of course is to do it. Here are a few tips on that:
- Plan time in your calendar to undertake the actions you have committed to.
- Review your progress against your plan regularly – at least monthly and preferably weekly.
- Don’t stand still – stuff happens and things change so stay on top of that, be agile and adjust the plan as you need to – without compromising the Dream of course.
- Engage with a trusted someone whom you can talk to, get feedback from, celebrate the successes and learn from the things that haven’t quite gone to plan – this can be really valuable and a great emotional support.
- Keep a positive mindset, practise gratitude (be thankful for the good things and let people know) and be kind to yourself.
We are also factoring in daily practice of happiness in our plans through the free Action for Happiness resources available at https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars Here is the January 2020 calendar to get you started if you want to take this up too. Have a great 2020! If we can help to make your workplace a better place for people to flourish (our purpose), we would love to hear from you. [/av_textblock]