Level Vision Newsletter June 2009 Values

Level Vision Newsletter June 2009
Values are very much in the news these days. The MP expenses scandal in the UK revolves around the concept of what is right. What happens if what you do is “within the rules” but your actions undermine the trust that you have built with your team, or with your clients? In my blog Personal Branding, why bother? I make the point that it is important to look after your reputation, in the same way that companies look after their good name, which they often do by using Public Relations companies. One of the best ways to start is to examine your values.

A tip for establishing what your values are
Write a list of 10 aspects of yourself that you really like – special talents, qualities, behaviours, no matter how small or insignificant some of them may seem. Then, in the second column, think a little bit deeper – what does each one stem from, what is the deeper value that your behaviour is allowing others to gain an inkling of? For example, you may feel you have a special talent for bringing people together and getting them to agree a way forward. Is the value behind that talent a desire to work in a happy, consensual environment (“Harmony”) or is it based on your wish to have an impact and persuade others (“Influence”)? Below the chart is a possible list of some values you might choose. You might like to start with a work or social situation where you felt were adding value, where your qualities, effort, insights made a difference.

The situation where I made a difference…

My special talents, qualities, behaviours The  values behind them

Some possible values:

Achievement, adventure, challenge, love, cooperation, community, creativity, decisiveness, fairness, family, friendships, growth, happiness, harmony, honesty, independence, influence, intellectual stimulation, knowledge, loyalty, Nature, physical challenge, power, quality, respect, responsibility, status, supporting others, variety, wealth, wisdom…

Once you have identified the values you think are important you will be in a much better position to live those values. And the people you work with will experience that consistency in a positive way.

Contact us at Level Vision if you would like to work with us to develop as a leader. Visit our website to read more about our Individual Coaching.

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Level Vision Newsletter April 2009

Level Vision Newsletter

April 2009

Hi everyone

What is it that makes a leader? It’s a question that fills seminar rooms all year round at personal development conferences and it’s one too that the general public has got interested in during these tough times. In Barack Obama’s victory speech last November he talked of challenges that are “the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis of a century…” and everyone is wondering who will lead the way? What qualities do they have that fit them to the role in times of trouble?

In my blog “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” I look at one aspect of leadership that I believe is crucial, adaptability. As the saying goes: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”. To my mind, to cope with the economic crisis and climate change we need some different ideas, fast and maybe you recognise that in the challenges you or your clients face too!

Leadership Tip
How well do you know your team? A key part of Leadership is communicating with and motivating people you work with and it’s worth spending some time thinking about who you work with and how they respond to situations.

What drives others?
Think about how each member of your team behaves particularly when decision making under tight deadlines, or when the stakes are high:


  • Risk – are they a risk taker?
  • Time – do they need lots of time to think or do they prefer to act?
  • Decisions – are their decisions based on consultation or instinct?
  • People – how important is consensus to them in moving forward?
  • Projects – are they process oriented or do they favour relational aspects?

The differences in these behavioural preferences reflect the individual’s key drivers and what is important to them to be in place to move forward. Recognising and responding to these can have a big impact on how the individuals respond. It aids you in planning communication strategies both with them as individuals and collectively as a team.

What drives you as a Leader?

The first stage to finding out what makes others tick is self-awareness. At Level Vision we use a tool called i-Lead that allows individuals to identify and focus on their key strengths and to understand what stops them achieving success. We work with individuals to develop personal ‘success loops’ which provide a blueprint for replicating your successful outcomes and ‘derailment loops’ that highlight where they breakdown. We develop and deliver tailored coaching programmes based on your objectives and suited to meet your circumstances.

Contact us at Level Vision if you would like to work with us to develop as a Leader. Visit our website to read more about our Individual Coaching

If you think they might enjoy it too please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends, colleagues and associates.

I’d love to hear what you think.

Hilary Gander

t: + 44 (0)20 8255 6343

e: hilary.gander@levelvision.co.uk

w: www.levelvision.co.uk

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Level Vision Newsletter Team MOT

Welcome to our first newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it and find something of interest and something of value. If you do please visit Level Vision to subscribe to future issues.

There’s an old black and white Laurel and Hardy film where the pair are engaged to paint a boat and are so uncoordinated with each other that eventually all they’ve achieved is they’re covered in paint and the boat is completely trashed. It makes me giggle every time.

Compare that with Team GB, whose teamwork is justly lauded for gaining them 47 medals at the Olympics in Beijing last Summer. In my blog Team GB – Myth or Miracle? last year after Chris Hoy had won the Sports Personality of the year, I examined the way teamwork had contributed to their success. It intrigued me because before the Olympics I had assumed that individual athletes competed for individual glory, which was a strange assumption because I know that doesn’t work well in the business world.

The concept of teams that perform is something we’re passionate about at Level Vision. Investing some time ensuring your team is united around a common vision, understands what is important to other team members and has a clear plan of action for achieving the vision will have a huge impact on individual performance and overall productivity of the team.

Top Team Tip

Make time for feedback.  Your team comprises many mini-relationships and interactions.  Creating time and a structure for feedback enables each individual relationship to function more effectively and can get rid of any blockages in the system.

Feedback doesn’t work if:

  • It is uninvited
  • It happens at the wrong time
  • It is unstructured

Feedback does work if:

  • It is invited
  • It is expected
  • It is structured

Support your team in giving each other feedback by:

  • Emphasising how important it is
  • Creating a time and space for it to happen
  • Suggesting a structure
  • Doing it regularly yourself

Example Structure for Feedback:

  • Plan a one-to-one meeting
  • Limit the time to 5 minutes each to share your feedback with each other
  • Use a structure like this:
    –  “I feel ________when you do / say _________”(what drains my energy)
    –  “I feel _______ _when you do / say _________”(what boosts my energy)
  • Spend 2 – 3 minutes in a dialogue to clarify (not to justify or get defensive)
  • Agree actions: make suggestions and offer commitments

Regularly practising giving and receiving feedback in a structured way has a significant impact on how team members interact and can prevent breakdowns within the team.

Is it time for your team’s MOT?
How is your team doing?  Do you have a new team?  Have you reorganised and need everyone to realign?  Has your team been together a while and is in need of some rejuvenation?

Contact us at Level Vision if you would like our help to support and build your team’s success.  During our two-day workshop your team works together to create a shared vision, understand how to work together effectively in the future. Together everyone identifies critical success factors and creates team and individual actions plans to ensure you hit the ground running immediately after the workshop.   Visit our website to read more about our Team Workshop.

Do let me have your thoughts on our newsletter and if you think they might enjoy it please feel free to forward to friends, colleagues and associates.

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