What Is Self-Leadership? Self-leadership is the process of leading yourself which includes your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Self-leadership is about taking charge of your life and steering yourself in the direction you want to go. It’s about setting your own goals and taking action to achieve them. It’s about being accountable for your own results. Self-leadership is not about bossing other people around or controlling them, it’s about taking charge of your own life and creating the kind of life you want to live. Self-leadership requires courage, self-discipline and a commitment to personal growth. It’s not easy, but it’s [...]
By Chris|2022-12-01T16:14:31+00:00December 1st, 2022|Categories: Year Of The Manager|Comments Off on What Is Self-Leadership And Why Is It Important?
Leadership and Management are two different concepts that are often confused. While there are some similarities, there are also three main differences between the two. The first difference is that leadership is about vision, whereas management is about execution. Leaders need to be able to see beyond the current situation and develop a vision for the future, while managers need to be able to take the vision and turn it into a reality. The second difference is that leadership is about people, whereas management is about the process. Leaders need to be able to motivate and inspire people, whereas [...]
By Chris|2022-11-28T16:03:48+00:00November 28th, 2022|Categories: Year Of The Manager|Comments Off on The Three Main Differences Between Leadership & Management
We're absolutely delighted to announce that LearningCog has won an award at this year's Education and Training Awards! We were up against some stiff competition, but we're thrilled that our hard work has been recognised with this incredible award. This is a huge achievement for us, and it's all thanks to the amazing team we have here at LearningCog. We couldn't have done it without each and every one of them. Their dedication, passion, and commitment to providing the best possible education and training experience for our clients is what sets us apart from the rest. We believe that [...]
By Chris|2022-10-10T12:24:57+01:00October 10th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Leadership|Comments Off on Education and Training Awards 2022
Leadership development is an important process for any organisation, and it requires the expertise of a qualified consultant. When interviewing leadership development consultants, be sure to ask about their experience, approach, and philosophy. It is also important to inquire about the specific services they offer and how they can be tailored to the needs of your organisation. Finally, be sure to ask about the consultant's fees and policies. By asking these questions, you can be sure to find a leadership development consultant who is a good fit for your organisation. How Can I Apply What I Learn Today in [...]
By Chris|2022-11-23T10:08:18+00:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Leadership|Comments Off on What To Ask Your Leadership Development Consultant?
High performance teams have a few things in common that set them apart from other teams. First, high performance teams are highly committed to their goals. They are willing to put in the extra work needed to achieve success. Second, high performance teams are very effective communicators. They work to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that all team members understand the goals and objectives. Finally, high performance teams are very cohesive units. Everyone works together towards a common goal and there is a strong sense of camaraderie among team members. These three factors are essential [...]
By Chris|2022-11-09T09:43:11+00:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Leadership|Comments Off on Things High Performance Teams do Differently
Tips For A First Time Manager Assuming a leadership role for the first time can be both exhilarating and daunting. On one hand, you finally have the opportunity to put your stamp on a team or project and drive it in the direction you believe is best. On the other hand, you now have the weight of responsibility for guiding others and ensuring that everyone is working towards a common goal. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the thought of taking on a management role, here are a few tips to help you get started: - First and foremost, remember [...]
By Chris|2022-11-17T10:40:36+00:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: Year Of The Manager|Comments Off on Year of the Manager
Managing a team can be a hefty task, especially if you've never done it before. There are so many things to think about and keep track of, from deadlines and targets to employee morale and productivity. It's no wonder that first time managers often feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are some tried and true methods for managing a team effectively. In this blog post, we'll share some lessons that every first-time manager should know. By following these simple tips, you'll be on your way to becoming a master manager in no time! Get To Know Your Team Members Individually One [...]
By Chris|2022-10-26T16:02:59+01:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Year Of The Manager|Comments Off on Lessons For First Time Managers
Good managers know how to build rapport with their employees. Rapport is the relationship of respect, trust and mutual understanding that exists between people. When there is rapport, communication is open and people feel comfortable working together. It is essential for maintaining a positive and productive work environment. Here are some tips on how to build rapport as a manager. Be Genuine and Transparent People can sense when someone isn't being genuine so the first step to building rapport is to be genuine. Be yourself and let your employees get to know you as a person. Talk about your hobbies, [...]
By Chris|2022-10-27T14:16:23+01:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Year Of The Manager|Comments Off on How To Build Rapport As A Manager
Being a first-time manager can be daunting. You suddenly have a lot more responsibility and are expected to lead a team of people. It can be difficult to know where to start or what the best way to approach things is. But don't worry, we're here to help. Here are our top tips for first time managers to help you get started on the right foot. Adopting a Growth Mindset One of the most important things you can do as a first-time manager is to adopt a growth mindset. This means that you view challenges and setbacks as opportunities [...]
By Chris|2022-09-28T11:35:31+01:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Year Of The Manager|Comments Off on Tips For First Time Managers
Numerous books have been published on how to succeed in any type of business. These books almost all teach us how to manage a team, but this one is quite different. In essence, it instructs us on how a team shouldn't be managed if you want to run a successful business. It identifies the team's dysfunctions and offers some helpful advice for resolving issues. This book's author, Patrick Lencioni, used a made-up narrative to describe various concepts. These are the top 5 team dysfunctions that the book's author has shortlisted. Absence of Trust: When there is an absence of [...]
By Chris|2022-09-26T13:03:24+01:00August 1st, 2022|Categories: Articles, Leadership|Comments Off on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Summary
Insights Discovery is the “re-discovery of yourself”. The journey toward self-awareness has begun. After going through certain everyday experiences that led to learning, adapting to the environment, and growing, you might have noticed that you're changing more slowly than your previous self. This change may be favourable after a happy experience in life and negative after a traumatic one. The biggest evidence of the fact that you’re changing is you saying to yourself, friends, colleagues or relatives some common phrases like “Childhood was the best era of life; school age was better than college age “etc. That’s Insights Discovery [...]
By Chris|2022-09-26T13:04:32+01:00August 1st, 2022|Categories: Articles, Leadership|Comments Off on How Accurate is Insights Discovery?
Before starting any business, sales training is necessary because only a well-trained team can give you profit in your business. The sales associates can properly handle any project if they have already been trained. Success in any business depends upon the appropriate skills and abilities of the dealer. Sales training is the way of developing and enhancing the abilities of your employees. The main objective of sales training is to improve the sales rate. Here we describe some of the results of sales training: 1. Improve Product Knowledge By taking sales training, sales person’s knowledge about products increases. They [...]
By Chris|2022-09-26T13:05:26+01:00June 29th, 2022|Categories: Articles, Leadership|Comments Off on What Result Can You Expect From Sales Training?
This morning I went for a run, I do this two or three times a week (two if I'm being totally honest), I had a guided run on and the coach was talking about endurance in order to go the extra distance. Being able to run that bit further than I have on other runs. It got me thinking about the many conversations I have had recently about Resilience in teams, and the workplace, and looking at organisational health the word Endurance has come up more often than Resilience. There is no doubt that the last few years have stretched [...]
A hearty mix of life experience, self-awareness, self-management, a few good theories to stand by, and a sprinkling of external factors - and a Leader is made. This tells us that leadership skills can be learnt and should be practiced well. It is useful to know about all the leadership models, theories, and behaviours, but it is practicing that develops strong leadership. Putting things into action, noticing the results, make changes to what you have done accordingly and then trying it again. Leadership should be a journey, not a destination. We hear a lot about leadership these days in [...]
LearningCog are proud to announce that we have been nominated for this years County Business Clubs Sussex in the 'People Management' category. The awards are held in aid of Rockinghorse Children's Charity and The Table Talk Foundation and their aim is to raise as much money as possible prior to, during and after the event including a Silent Auction and Raffle Prize Draw. These awards are nominated by the community. No judges. No panels. This isn’t about the biggest and the best businesses, this is celebrating the wins and good news stories from Sussex businesses. Voting closes midnight on the 14th April [...]
By RicHayden|2021-10-11T12:21:58+01:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Announcements|Comments Off on LearningCog nominated for People Management Award!
Ten years ago, when I founded LearningCog, my intention was to earn a living doing what I love the most; helping people to learn more about themselves and reach their full potential through learning, training and development. I never expected that 10 years later I would have built a global business that has supported so many clients and individuals. Setting up LearningCog I made a promise to myself to keep my passion first and foremost in everything I do. Back then I got first-hand experience of what it takes to run a business, on my own, and what happens [...]
By RicHayden|2021-10-11T12:21:58+01:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Announcements|Comments Off on LearningCog Turns 10
PRESS RELEASE LearningCog Limited is proud to announce a new sales training and development venture for independent sole traders, small and medium size business across East Sussex. ----- Ric Hayden, owner and director of LearningCog is taking his global expertise in people development and sales training to create a new community of training and development - specifically designed for the small business community. Pitch has been designed to support small business, independent sole traders and creatives. The programme is for those that do not fall into a full-time salesperson role - but are the subject matter experts in their field. [...]
People who load up a plate of food and don’t finish it are often described as having ‘eyes bigger than their belly’s. The time management equivalent is the person who takes on more and more projects that look inviting and exciting, and don’t pay attention to existing commitments. The end result is overwhelm – dashing from one unfinished task to another, putting in short bursts of effort and hoping that things get done. Not only is this a really ineffective way of working, it is also a very stressful. To regain control over your workload, you need a reality check. [...]
One of the best tools we can have in our toolkit, and a tool that most businesses really need a lot more of, is actually centred around being able to give and receive feedback. Being honest, we are generally pretty bad at it. A recent Gallup survey found that only 26% of employees strongly agree that the feedback they get actually improves their work! The problem is, most feedback being given doesn’t work for the way our brains process information. We either give soft ambiguous feedback, which is indirect. To the point that we don’t even realise we are getting [...]
Understanding Listening levels helps us to become more effective communicators. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the three levels and how they can help you become a more effective listener both personally and professionally. Level 1: Internal Listening — Listening to your inner voice. Level 2: Focused Listening — Listening intently to another person. Level 3: Global Listening — Listening to others in the context of their entire surroundings.
The Conscious Competence Learning Model is an explanation of the stages in which we learn and develop a new skill. In this model, LearnUnconscious Incompetence = You don't know what you don’t know. Conscious Incompetence = You know that you don’t know how to do something. Conscious Competence = You know how to do something; it takes conscious effort. Unconscious Competence = You know how to do something, and it is second nature; you rock at it. It's "automatic".
Perceptions impact how we respond to our colleagues, our family and our friends. It is through perception that we understand and make sense of the world around us. Once the mind sees things one way, it can be difficult to see them another way. If the data we perceive is incomplete, we ‘fill in the blanks’ in our mind to enable us to make sense of what we see. The mind may also distort what we see in order to fit in with our current understanding. Different ways of seeing things are not right or wrong – they are just [...]
Our Mindset governs what we do and relies on our 'Belief System' to give focus to knowing if we can or can not achieve something. This model shows that our behaviour is driven by our beliefs. We cannot act unless we have a thought on which to initiate the action. There is always a reason why we do what we do; actions do not just spring up completely without cause. The results are based on actions we take and the thoughts and beliefs we hold close.
The Comfort Stretch and Panic Zone Model is simple, easy to use and recognises how can understand oneself or others and why reactions in different situations are so varied. It takes into account how we are continually changing – how we are dynamic systems - so what is ‘in’ a zone today might be in a different one tomorrow or in a month’s time. If I work through a period of substantial change in my Stretch Zone, I can extend my Comfort Zone. Although if that change is unwelcome or imposed on me by ‘circumstances’ I am likely to resist [...]
By RicHayden|2021-10-11T12:21:59+01:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Coaching Skills|Comments Off on The Comfort Stretch and Panic Zone Model
I recently facilitated a Leadership and Management Development workshop for a group of senior managers where the topic of the day was ‘Manager as a Coach’. It was an interesting day that highlighted the intrinsic relationship between coaching and team development and the result when a manager as a coach is absent. “I haven’t got time for that as well as manage the team’ This is a common barrier. Time-strapped managers often will get on with their own work whilst also taking on work from colleagues just to get the job done, rather than sitting down and coaching their teams. [...]