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HBDI Certification

Simon, one of our senior consultants, has just completed his HBDI certification workshop.  The HBDI tool helps individuals, groups and teams understand theirs and others thinking preferences. 

Simon will be using HBDI straight away with individuals and teams from a global food manufacturer and retailer as they look to integrate teams following a number of acquisitions.


Influencing skills for 16 year olds - do they need them?

A few weeks ago someone who had attended one of our influencing programmes called us to see if we could help out.  She runs projects for The Groundwork Trust in North Wales and on one project, a group of 16 year olds are hoping to persuade their town council and a major private sector employer to make the town carbon neutral.  They’re doing various pieces of research and will then present their findings in September this year - quite a challenge.  As we’ve been Carbon Neutral for several years and as part of our own CSR approach we offered to do the work for expenses and the experience.

We’ve got 3 hours with them and have decided to use some of the basics from Myers Briggs to create a structure through which they can build their presentation.  Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth has provided lots of examples of different approaches to communication (data, big picture, logic, emotional charge etc) and of course is subject matter at the heart of their project.  As an aside, if you’ve not seen the film, it’s well worth watching, as a study in getting your message across.

I have to say that the idea of working with a group of 16 year olds rather than one of our regular, corporate groups is raising my anxiety levels a little.   I’m not sure what I’ve got to teach them, after all, if I look at my 15 year old daughter, she’s already one of the best influencers I know.  I’ll blog again after it’s all over.

Successful 360 degree feedback implementation

We've been providing and using 360 degree feedback for more years than I would care to remember.

Over this time we've been involved in complex 3rd party tools with reams of data, bespoke 360 which is framed around existing organisational competencies, and generic tools which look at factors common to most people in the work environment.

Of course, each has its place. Generally, my personal preference is for a generic tool with plenty of room for comments by those who are giving the feedback. And this is why:

  • True to the experiential value, reality is better than theory (that's my personal view!). 360 is about what our colleagues actually perceive. Keeping the questions and scoring simple, whilst giving more room for colleagues to provide feedback in their own words greatly increases the depth and relevance of the information.
  • Whilst at times valuable, a 360 tool linked into an organisation's competency framework can be costly to develop, can raise concerns and questions which limit receptivity, and limits the use of the tool for a wider range of development opportunities. A generic tool is quicker and cheaper to implement, is more readily accepted by learners, and can be applied easily to a range of learning programmes.
  • Usability is absolutely key to successful implementation. Keeping it simple makes the tool easier to present to users, to administer, and to interpret. We've often had feedback from clients who have found our implementation of 360 a breath of fresh air after the mire of their previous experience.

Anyway - sermon over.

We've just completed a project where we've used our generic online 360 to deliver feedback and development coaching to some middle/senior managers for one of our private sector clients. We combined the 360 with MBTI and delivered the feedback in 1:1 coaching sessions.

The experience was received really well by participants, and the client was also happy with the implementation and delivery of the project.

Credit where credit is due though: We were very struck by the amount of good quality feedback given by colleagues to each other. The managers who received this feedback found it extremely revealing and as a result were highly motivated to do something about it!

Find out more about online 360 degree feedback here

JCA Quicktype seminar

Most of us work with Psychological Type regularly, through the MBTI.

JCA are developing a new Type tool and method and are running a short free seminar on it next week. They are focusing on how to translate Type results into personal change, and will introduce their materials and show the product in practice.

It sounds as if it could be interesting to go along and find out more about how it might fit with our programmes and with their other tools such as ie+ (which I wrote about recently).

The seminar is on Thursday 7 Feb from 17:00 - 18:30 followed by drinks, at the JCA offices in Cheltenham. For more info contact Claire Bott at JCA on , or have a look at their website