RESOURCES FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
MBTI Workshops / 1-2-1 Coaching
Houston DFS - MBTI for career development
Using a personality profiling tool is a fantastic way to develop leadership skills, such as influencing, making decisions, building engagement through positive relationships.
I am very fond of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I am a certified level 1 & 2 coach and I've used it both in a professional context with leaders to understand their leadership styles and develop their career. The MBTI should be in the 'concrete management tools' goody bag for any first time leader, supervisor or team lead.
I find this tool to be highly versatile and useful when coaching as it helps contextualize our actions and thought patterns and those of others.
If you do it the right way, investing in the MBTI as a team building activity for dysfunctional teams does not only bring individual contributors closer together, it also create synergy and build engagement.
I have seen best results by following these simple steps:
You can explore the 16 preferences in the document below.
Personal Development Plan (PDP)
Personal development plan versus annual performance objectives, what’s the difference?
Annual objectives are set at the beginning of the year. They are aligned to the business strategy, linked to your existing role, critical to your team’s success. They are short term and can be measured mid-year and at the end of the year using KPIs.
Your personal development plan’s objectives are personal to you. They are aligned to your interests, skills, values, attributes and career development aspirations. They form a longer-term plan (2-5 years) and can also be measured against specific defined criteria.
Remember in any organization, performance development tends to be manager led and career development tends to be employee led, therefore for your professional development, it’s important to have a personal development plan (PDP) in place, sitting alongside your annual performance objectives.
I’m not sure what to put in there, where do I start?
First, explore your interests, skills, values and personal attributes. An easy way to do this is to ask friends, colleagues, managers, family members or to do an online questionnaire such as the Hogan or the MBTI personality inventories or the CliftonStrengths by Gallup. Next you will need to explore your options with a friend, a well trusted colleague, your manager or a professional coach. Then develop a plan and discuss it with your manager to see if they, or the business, can enable some of your actions. Finally, implement and review as you go along, remembering to celebrate milestones along the way!
Download this PDP template to get you started.
Decision making - MBTI Z Model
Because leaders have to make decisions all the time, and it is often easy to fall into the pitfall of having impulsive reactions. A good leader needs to be able to define their position on any given situation and to remain fair, unbiased and appropriate when going through and explaining their decision-making process.
As a leader, every week, you are faced with hundreds of opportunities to make decisions. All these decisions can appear to carry not much value but cumulatively, they show patterns and an insight into a leader. If you want to build trust and confidence amongst your peers and your employees you need to have some systems to help you make these decisions.
Most often than not, what is important in decision making, is not the actual decision itself but explaining the route you took to reach that decision. When leading a team, you will have a diversity of personalities and opinions to manage. Many amongst your employees will not share your decisions, however when you are able to demonstrate and explain how you came to a certain conclusion, most will be onboard.
Below is one of the decision making model I talked about in a recent article. It is based on the MBTI type theory. According to type theory, the best decisions use both kinds of perception (S and N) in order to gather all useful information and both kinds of judgment (T and F) to ensure that all factors have been weighed. Because we prefer one particular kind of perception and one kind of judgment, we are likely to focus on our preferred ways and lose the positive contributions of our non-preferred ways:
Using all the perspectives identified by type can feel awkward at first, but with practice this approach will result in sounder, more considered decisions.
You can download the document here.
Self-Hypnosis Recording - Anxiety/Stress Management (general)
Below is a short general self-hypnosis session for anxiety management and stress management. I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist and worked with clients for a few years while living in London.
I worked a lot with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), smoking secessions and general anxiety. The underlying theme for all these issues is stress. It always comes in one form or another to mess up with us!
When working with stress and anxiety, teaching people to design a specific
self-hypnosis visualization for achieving their own specific goals is a really good complement to coaching. Coaching uses the cognitive mind to drive you forward. Self-hypnosis visualization targets the unconscious mind, to align your planned actions with your inner pull. When the two work together, you are more likely to reach your goals faster.
If you attended the workshop I ran on 'Self-Hypnosis visualization for stress management: Designing a session for your goals', you can use the recording to supplement your practice as it includes some of the key elements we covered.
If you did not attend the workshop, it does not matter, view it as a short relaxation to let go of stress/anxiety.
You can sit down, relax and click on the slide to start an 8 minute stress management session.
Your Wellbeing Weekly Planner and 2020 Calendar
I truly believe in the power of intention and self-reflection to build a richer life full of significance. Starting your week slowly by thinking ahead and setting up a weekly routine will help your focus on the things that really matter to you. Print this weekly planner and start populating it with a key goal for the week, some healthy habits to tick as the days go by, a little 'me-time' to let go of stress and so on.
Week after week, you'll feel empowered, you'll keep track of your achievements, you'll build better relationships etc.
You can download the wellbeing weekly planner and 2020 Calendar below.
Mental Health Awareness - Quick Facts
You do not need to be diagnosed with a mental illness to experience minimum wellbeing, and you can be diagnosed with a mental illness and experience maximum mental wellbeing!
In my online course I explore some key perceptions about mental health,
I provide useful conversation starters of those who don't know what to say,
I explain when it's ok to help and when you should refer a person. Through case studies we look at the mental health continuum and throughout I give tips and handouts to help people feel more comfortable talking about mental health.
In the PDF document I am sharing some insight into minimum wellbeing and maximum wellbeing as well as some useful contacts and websites.
The resilience weekly tracker
Use this weekly tracker to record useful and helpful behaviors, thinking patterns and emotions and contrast them with less useful ones.
Tracking these over a period of several weeks will help you identity both useful patterns to build your resilience and unhelpful ones to stop.
Download the weekly tracker below to list your thoughts, behaviors and feelings as per the cognitive triangle.
And get in touch if you would like me to send you a FREE 16-page guide to building self-resilience, full of insights and practical exercises.
MORE FREE RESOURCES
Professional & Personal Development: Access some of my online course content for free!
STRESS & ANXIETY
Professional Development and Personal Development: Useful and interesting free resources.
Beyondblue - Reducing Stress
This way up - I feel stressed
Positive Psychologie - Seligman's resilience PERMA model
R C Fraley - Adult attachment theory
Psychiatry (Edgmont) - Social support
RC Psych - Expressive writing
E.E. Werner - Kauai longitudinal study of resilience
Cleverism - The PERMA model
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Rethink Mental Illness - 100 ways to recovery
Black Dog Institute - Exercise and depression
Able Futures - General ressources and support
NHS UK - Live well pages