April 2020
Issue 111

This month's theme - Leading Teams in 2020
(Helping managers during the present crisis)

In this Issue:

For Managers: Resilience in the workplace
For Trainers: Creativity in learning programmes
•  Training in Action: Managing bad leadership styles
•  Quote of the Month: Winning
•  Offer of the Month: Remote Learning Options
•  The Light Touch: Breeze Block Mentality
Next month's theme
  For Managers: Resilience in the workplace

The 21st century was always going to be a time where leaders would require mental toughness, but none of us could have predicted just how resilient we would need to be given the present pandemic. Below are some considerations for managers who want to be resilient and wish to help their people be resilient now and when the crisis ends. The following comments are those often used by people who have endured and succeeded.

Resilience – that ability to bounce back …

Practice mental toughness by …

  • Learning to accept that difficulties go with the situation
  • Taking setbacks in your stride
  • Fighting to win
  • Developing a habit of fighting back
  • Learning to make sacrifices that will make you different from others and give you a winning edge
  • Getting up and starting again
  • Refusing to feel sorry for yourself
  • Not looking for reasons to quit
  • Passing your resilience attitude on to your team members

“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
Vince Lombardi

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 For Trainers: Creativity in learning programmes


By Syd Strike

When delivering appraisal skills training, I often launch into a role-play where I take on the role of an employee asking for training totally unrelated to his job role. For example, an engineer asking for a course in flower arranging, or an inexperienced novice asking to attend and outdoor pursuits leadership course. The response from the group is predominately “How will that help you in your job?”. My response to the group is usually “How do you think your remark made the employee feel?” What follows is discussion around a number of related topics including how any learning stimulates personal growth and development, how some organisations have grasped this principle are more open minded and altruistic in their approach to providing numerous learning opportunities that upskills, motivates and develops people as well as creating satisfied, appreciative and loyal employees.

And I do believe there is only one good answer for responding to the request for seemingly unrealistic training … look for the answer later in the bulletin!!!!

Whether as a trainer, manager or HR professional when you are conducting an appraisal, one to one meeting or just chatting informally with your team members please think about the abundance of opportunities that exist to support and encourage learning in your organisation. Here are some ideas to get you started …

  • In company group courses
  • External group training courses
  • On the job training
  • On-line learning
  • Webinars
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Assignments
  • Reading
  • Videos and You tube
  • Ted Talks
  • Discussion groups
  • Job shadowing
  • Formal qualifications
  • Talking to an expert
  • Secondments

There is only one good answer for responding to the request for seemingly unrealistic training …

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  Training in action: Managing Bad Leadership Styles

Syd Strike Training has delivered numerous management development programmes where one of our topics is that of ‘leadership styles’. We will often quote the well known six leadership styles used by Daniel Goleman and at some stage in our activities discuss leadership styles that our managers use and of course experience by their managers. It is interesting how many of our delegates say that the ‘Directive’ style is most prominent in their organisation and they believe this is unhelpful in their organisation.

Here are seven ideas to help you manage what you believe is a bad or the wrong leadership style…

  1. Remember there is no right or wrong leadership style
  2. Accept that ‘Leadership is an Art’ (Max DePree) There is no one style that works best
  3. Work across a range of leadership styles to get the best from people and get the job done
  4. Learn to work with directive leaders – don’t use their style as a reason for abdicating
  5. Support your manager whatever the style and learn to compliment his or her style
  6. Learn to be more comfortable with people whose styles are different from yours – that will make it easier for people to work with you
  7. Bounce back every time you are knocked down

Read more on this topic in our blog

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More interesting topics for you to consider:

»Managing bad leadership styles
»Change can be difficult and disastrous
»The most powerful word in the dictionary
»Bouncing Back
»Ideas or Projects?
»The greatest barrier to learning
»Mistakes Managers make when recruiting





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Vince Lombardi






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