Welcome to Changing People Inside
Times are tough for lots of people. (Especially if your name is Rupert Murdoch)
In this issue we ask questions about the recent events engulfing the media, police, financial world and Government.
Many people have asked who could have predicted these recent events? One man did. Read on to find out who.
We also look at people who really know how to suffer - the cyclists in the Tour de France and what that means for performance and team work.
On a lighter note we also offer some free stuff and some ideas for your next workshop or away day.
Enjoy your summer!
What was missing from communication at News International?
"I believe that the effort of communicating, the effort of listening, the effort of respecting each other will be key to actually strengthen the institution...I will do my best. To do so I will count on you. You will be able to count on me. Confidence, trust, and energies are reciprocated values"
No not the words of Rupert Murdoch, but Christine Lagarde, newly appointed head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), speaking to her people shortly after her election last month.
Do you see many leaders who engage their people like this?
We believe an Engaging Leader must exhibit qualities of
Could focusing on these qualities have helped the Murdoch's avoid much of the problems they now face?
Is it time to encourage leaders to pay as much attention to managing their reputation as they do to managing the bottom line?
Karen is writing a book on the subject of leadership communication and we'd love to hear any stories, comments or case studies that relate to leaders you have worked for that did (or didn't!) demonstrate these qualities. Any information will be treated in confidence.
FREE Communication Coaching
So how can we help inspire you if you are feeling down in these difficult and challenging times?
We could quote those well known phrases such as 'if you think you can, you can, and if you think you can't, you can't'.
But positive thinking isn't enough without focus, taking action and thinking deeply about the problems you face.
Some other ideas that can help:
- Take advice and support from friends and family.
- Copy what your role models do.
- Be thankful for small successes
- Express gratitude for the simple things in life.
As times are tough for many businesses we are pleased to offer our newsletter subscribers a free 30-minute communication coaching session by telephone to consult with Karen.
Places are limited but if you want to talk to Karen in confidence and discuss your current issues we will aim to help you find potential solutions.
Our 30-minute sessions take place on Monday 15 August and Monday 22 August 2011 between 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm.
Just visit this link and schedule your free session - http://www.tungle.me/karenkimberley. More details will follow upon booking your slot.
Teamwork and the Tour de France
The Tour de France has just ended with a gruelling and exciting series of adventures over 3 weeks. Riders crashing out with broken bones, severe injuries, exhaustion and some even disqualified.
A more interesting story is how the tactics and strategy of a cycling team can mirror that of your team at work. Do you recognise any of these members in your team - or even your family!?
- The domestique who labours day in day out, working to push his team leader to the front of the race, with no reward save victory, praise and recognition from his leader - for example, Mark Renshaw, who is the lead out rider for top British sprinter Mark Cavendish.
- The competitors who have to work as allies in difficult times to support each other to get to the the top of the climb and then savagely compete against each other to win. Samuel Sanchez and Alberto Contador competed fiercely to conquer Alpe d'Huez. They ride for different teams, yet are good friends out of the saddle.
- The 'underdog' as popular hero - this year Frenchman Thomas Voekler was not expected to do so well but managed to keep the coveted Yellow Jersey for 10 days, before losing it in the penultimate mountain stage and gaining fourth place in the overall General Classification.
- The dogged reliable worker who consistently pushes on despite pain and against the odds. The Australian Cadel Evans who last year completed the course with a broken collar bone eventually won the 2011 Tour, particularly because he is a good all rounder. He can climb, he can descend well and is excellent at time trials. Although he didn't win a single stage, his tactics, his team, stamina, skill, management and an element of luck meant he won the overall race. How often do you see this replicated in business?
- And finally the star performer with so much potential who is cruelly robbed of the chance to win through injury or illness. This year Britain's Bradley Wiggins, commonly agreed to be in the form of his life, broke his collar bone in an early stage and tried to get back on his bike despite then almost fainting, abandoning the race and being hospitalised.
The phrase 'put me back on my bike' comes from the infamous Englishman Tommy Simpson who died on Mont Ventoux shortly after uttering those words, because of exhaustion and drug use. Friday 13, 1967 was the 13th day of that year's Tour de France and racers were tackling the treacherous 6,000ft (1829m) Mt Ventoux. After he 'rode himself to death' he became a cycling legend.
Who do you know would push themselves to such limits to achieve what they set out to do despite all odds?
Which members of your team are pulling their weight - and doing all the work?
Which members are prepared to push themselves until exhausted - and which need support?
Which one is the good all-rounder that you can rely on to succeed against all odds?
Can we help with your Awayday?
Are you looking for a lively after-lunch session?
If so, we can help - choose from a variety of tailored two hour sessions geared for teams, management and leadership groups.
Indoors or outdoors, we can make sure that the traditional graveyard slot is livened up with some innovative and creative, thought provoking games, ideas, quizzes, physical or mental challenges.
Our professional trusted team building expert Jay Dodson can help design simple or complex challenges to stretch your team and help improve communication, brainpower, performance or simply build morale or motivation.
We can also recommend diverse training venues including Scout huts, games rooms, go-kart tracks and traditional conference centres. Sessions can include for example:
- Artificial caving system - Conquer a cave challenge to develop peer support, trust, excellent communication, clear leadership
- Archery - Practice behaviours that lead to constant performance improvement
- Rescue Barbie - Discover the effects of different communication styles
- Rocket - Continual design improvement, reflected in performance improvement
- Acid Lake - Problem solving and constant project review
- Gridlock - Improve attention to detail and commitment to quality
- Giant Ballista - Delivering the behaviours message as a complete team
Call us on 01628 509593 to discuss your needs with no obligation.
We are in the Top Three!
We were pleased to find in a recent free website review by Business Link that our website was judged to be in the top three of communication related websites.
'Your website did stand out as one of the top 3, in terms of look and layout, the overall tone of your website seems appropriate for this sector and there isn't too much jargon.'
The review was carried out by WWW.MAP360.COM
There was of course room for improvement and we will be making some changes. We'd love you to visit www.karenkimberley.co.uk if you haven't yet done so and have fun taking part in our Engagement poll.
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You can also catch up on previous newsletters in our press section and blog.
Did this man predict meltdown in the media?
'We are witnessing not only an unprecedented influx of consciousness at this time but also an entrenchment and intensification of the ego.....But the ego is destined to dissolve and all its ossified structures, whether they be religious or other institutions, corporations or governments, will disintegrate from within, no matter how deeply entrenched they appear to be.'
The most rigid structures, the most impervious to change, will collapse first. This has already happened in the case of Soviet Communism. How deeply entrenched, how solid and monolithic it appeared, and yet within a few years it disintegrated from within. No-one foresaw this. All were taken by surprise. There are many more such surprises in store for us.'
In his book 'A New Earth' these predictions are made by German philosopher Eckhart Tolle.
Tolle foresees that 'a significant proportion of the earth's population will soon recognise, if they haven't already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: evolve or die'. He explores how there will be 'the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness' and an evolutionary leap through the transformation of human consciousness. All this is explored in his best-selling books 'The Power of Now' and 'A New Earth'.
A Future World of
Co-operation not Competition
Other religious writers like the American Rev Carla Comiter write about how 'people express fear about the economy, housing market, unemployment, financial markets and how people have lost homes and businesses.' She believes all of these losses 'pale in the light of of global transformation. Crisis often precedes transformation.'
Comiter says 'as we reach the end of an age, old systems break down.
The negative energy that has been present in race consciousness comes forward to be expressed, released and healed. Our monetary systems are the outward symbols of shared agreements in consciousness. These agreements are always based on assumptions about the nature of reality.
Many of these assumptions are the result of Darwinian thinking, such as survival of the fittest, the fittest and competition for resources.'
More and more, Comiter believes we are realizing the flaws in these assumptions.
'The future of the human race, and of our planet, depends on cooperation among the life forms, not competition.
There is enough to go around-there always has been. It's a matter of distribution. As long as we believe that we must hoard our resources, as long as we believe that it is acceptable for the majority of people to live in deprivation, as long as we believe that it is ethical to we can make a profit by exploiting other people, we are stuck in old age fearful thinking.
We are approaching the tipping point; when enough people share the consciousness of the New Age, the old institutions and mores will automatically crumble.
We have seen it before. We saw the Berlin Wall come down.
We saw the end of the Cold War.
We are seeing this now in the collapse of our financial systems.
Just as Feudal Europe gave way to the Renaissance, we are experiencing the birth of a new era-a leap forward in the evolution of human consciousness.'
Comiter ends by adding that the prophets of our age, like Tolle, have been speaking of these times for many years now. It appears we may be witnessing some of their predictions bearing fruit.
If you believe these predictions what will this mean for the Western world and for the way we communicate, compete, collaborate and do business together?
Raising Funds to Support The Princes Trust
We are pleased to support The Princes Trust with an invitation to attend the Clydesdale Bank 40 match between Unicorns and Glamorgan County Cricket Club on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August 2011 at Wormsley Cricket Club, near Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire.
Tickets: £75 Contact: email@example.com or Tel: 01283 569667
Hospitality includes Champagne & Pimms reception, lunch with wine on the table, plus full afternoon tea.
Wormsley has been described as the most beautiful ground in England and anyone who has watched or played cricket there will never forget the experience. A red telephone box sits next to the thatched pavilion, overlooking the immaculate fields of play and the sloping Chiltern Hills beyond. Red Kites wheel overhead, floating on the air current while the game unfolds below........
Sir Paul Getty was a devotee of all things English and his vision and creation of an Arcadian cricket ground at Wormsley was a source of joy to him. This experience will be 'Quintessentially English' and Wormsley are kindly raising funds for The Prince's Trust, with a live auction and raffle on the day.
Tickets to the ground only may also be purchased.
In Korea computer games are so popular you can visit a stadium to view them along with crowds of people. We liked this viral video showing a very different way of playing the highly popular Angry Birds computer game.
See how T Mobile arranged to play angry birds live!
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