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Express Yourself

Expressing ourselves in business is a great untapped resource which is just waiting to be used.
We are more likely to tell the truth when we use our bodies. Taking a leaf out of the psychodrama book, there are some powerful, non-intrusive exercises / games you can get involved in, which are quick and effective. In just five to ten minutes, using such exercises, the leader can get an accurate feel for team dynamics that would otherwise take half a day or more to uncover. We just need the confidence and an adroit facilitator to help us try it out.

Layers of Respect

espect is one of those words that has different meanings for different people and the way they see the world. And where different ways of seeing the world come into contact there often comes conflict and so it is with respect. So what does respect mean? We explore this through three dimensions based on the science of Axiology.

Why meetings don’t work

Every day, all over the world, people spend time in meetings. Meetings get called, people attend and then go to more meetings. However, for all that practicing of meetings, if you ask people in most organisations what they would most like to change it would be the meetings that they attend.

Everyone goes though a phase of trying to fix their meetings at some point or another. These fixes result in lots of activity and many rules such as ‘every topic must have a pre read available before the meeting’, ‘everyone must read the pre-read before the meeting’ ‘ and most often ‘every meeting must have an agenda’.

However, having an agenda doesn’t improve the meeting (which is why many then say, ‘we all need to be prepared’). Take a look at an agenda, and pretend you don’t know anything about it and ask yourself ‘what is this?’ and the only clear answer you will find is often ‘it’s a list’. In this blog we explore why it takes more than just a list to make meetings work.

Don’t sweat it, just focus!

It dawned on me working in Christchurch recently that something like the Christchurch earthquakes not only has a huge impact at the time of the event but a ripple effect thereafter.  When the event becomes a series of events over a long period of time, the impact is deeper and lasts much longer that you… Read more

Along for the ride?

Altris leadership programmes aren’t like traditional classroom training where you can ‘come along for the ride’ and not do anything when you leave. We include coaching, cafe style group discussions, online discussion forums, surveys and activity measures. All of these are designed to help the committed learner to learn, grow and improve the skills that the programme aims to deliver. However they also tend to flush out those that aren’t doing anything because they came along for the ride. We tend to notice a few symptoms of ‘coming along for the ride’ that we thought we would share (in a light hearted way).