Why do we find it so hard to change mindset?

Have you ever wondered why we often find it so hard to change mindset? Consider the common phrase, 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks'… Now think about a recent example where you attempted to make a change in your behaviour at work, or at home, but inevitably fell back into old habits… Why … Continue reading Why do we find it so hard to change mindset?

How to become a ‘daring’​ leader …

If daring is the key to great leadership, and vulnerability is the key to being daring, then how can we combine the research on vulnerability with existing world-class tools to measure our journey towards becoming a great leader? The picture below shows the before and after of one of my clients. It shows a shift from … Continue reading How to become a ‘daring’​ leader …

How can we be “affiliative” virtually?

Human Synergistics International is a global leader in helping organisations to support their people and improve their performance through a focus on culture change, leadership development, and team building. The results of their surveys are displayed on the Circumplex, a graphical representation that breaks down the factors underlying performance into 12 ways or “styles” of thinking, … Continue reading How can we be “affiliative” virtually?

The Group Styles Inventory (GSI)

The Group Styles Inventory (GSI) is the only research-based tool that provides a valid and reliable measure of how people in groups interact with each other and work as a team to solve problems. Extensively researched and internationally proven, this assessment provides group members with a ‘safe’ way to talk about their behaviour and how … Continue reading The Group Styles Inventory (GSI)

Unlock the secret of team synergy with one of the most widely used exercises for team building and group development in the world. Do your teams have what it takes to survive?

The Desert Situation "It is approximately 10 o'clock in the morning on a mid-August day and you have just crash-landed in the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States." Your task is to rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team's survival. Set in an unfamiliar location, … Continue reading Unlock the secret of team synergy with one of the most widely used exercises for team building and group development in the world. Do your teams have what it takes to survive?

How to create an environment​ for breakthrough results in any team.

Team breakthroughs require a combination of skill and expertise,  constructive interpersonal behaviour and rational thinking. The size of your breakthrough depends on the quality of the decision, multiplied by the degree to which the decision is accepted by those who must implement it.  Quality and Acceptance are brought about through consensus decision-making. Skill and expertise … Continue reading How to create an environment​ for breakthrough results in any team.

How Culture Works

What is culture?'Culture' is a term that has become an important part of any organisation's vocabulary and a defining characteristic when talking about the organisation to both employees and customers. However, what it really means, how it works, and the impact it has on performance are often misunderstood. At Human Synergistics International, they define "culture" in … Continue reading How Culture Works

How we resist change.

In a previous post I described Efrat's Cloud, a very effective way to explain why we resist change. Human thinking and behaviour is very complex.  In order to make something complex easier to understand a picture can paint a thousand words.  While Efrat's cloud is a picture that describes the dynamics of our thinking and … Continue reading How we resist change.

Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?

The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) is one of the Human Synergistics International tools for individuals. It is actually two tools: The first is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 1). This tool provides participants with the answer to the question “How do I think I think?” The second is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 2). This tool provides participants … Continue reading Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?