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https://www.strengthscope.com/blog/ A series of real talk weekly podcasts covering topics to inspire, educate and well, maybe even transform. Occupational psychologist Dr Paul Brewerton takes you inside some of the stuff that can help you get the most from work and from life, every day. Get ready.
 
I'm Derek Appau, your host and a professional (ICF, ACC accredited) career coach who has been fortunate enough to enjoy hundreds of really insightful conversations with people who are searching for career fulfillment, dealing with major company changes, and those who are on top of their game but wanting to reach a new level of success and fulfillment within their career. These conversations have been so insightful, and in some cases inspiring that I wanted to share the best of these talks wi ...
 
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It’s an overly connected and busy world, and we place our efforts on reacting rather than pausing. How much time are we really giving to problem solving and decision making? So we feel disconnected and distanced from leaders who aren’t aware of their impact on others. What does conscious leadership look like? Someone who is committed to personal gr…
 
Feel like you've lost your mojo? Maybe you're stuck in a rut at work, meaning your interest in is starting to wane? Or could it be that you're moving to a more senior leadership role or moving into a different business area which will take you outside of their comfort zone? So how can you keep your mojo if it’s on a high, and how can you get your m…
 
In this podcast, I want to give you five top tips for navigating your career whether you choose the ladder or the squiggle. They are: 1. Build a language around your strengths 2. Work your network…beyond the obvious 3. Keep learning and make it personal 4. Keep exploring your career possibilities 5. Own your career story Listen to find out more.…
 
There’s a lot of old ways of thinking about careers still kicking about in what you might have assumed would be a more enlightened time. So this podcast is designed to help debunk some of those career myths and help you build a career that’s more you-shaped, based on your strengths. My five myths are: Work is meant to be tough, choosing a strengths…
 
I want to introduce you to a practical model that does just that. It will help you work out whether you’d prefer to be a manager, an expert, an entrepreneur or a whether you’d prefer to go it alone, or dedicate yourself to a cause, as well as several other things besides. I’ve been helping people make better career choices using this model for over…
 
Picture the moment: you’ve seen a great role with a great organisation (or even a great internal project or assignment at work), and you just know that it’s a perfect fit for you and exactly what you want to be doing next in your career. But how do you make sure you get the opportunity to convince others and, more importantly, smash that all-import…
 
In this podversation, Dr Paul Brewerton (aka The Strengths Guy) sits down with Steph Tranter. Steph knows all about taking the strengths approach into various different types of organisations and making it work and that’s something we wanted to share with the wider Strengthscope community. In this episode, we'll cover: How you position strengths Ho…
 
“Finding time for strategic leadership means finding ways to be less occupied with management activities.” ― Paul A. Sacco, Strategy Quest: The Executive Guide to Finding Business Opportunities In this podcast, discover: That it’s not about what you know, it’s about what you think Why you need to think w i d e when you’re at the top How it is possi…
 
As we sit here today, Pride month in the UK is in full swing and many brands have switched up their logos to reflect that, in support of the LGBTQ+ community. But there is a risk that we lose the message in there that Pride is a protest. So today’s podcast is about Pride, where it came from and why it is still for a whole bunch of reasons very much…
 
“Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative – don’t wait for someone else to ask you to act.” – Sylvia Earle In this podcast, discover 4 things to think about if you are a purpose-seeker, (and 3 other things if you’re not!); 10 great questions to keep asking yourself thr…
 
“As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.” ― Amit Ray, Mindfulness Meditation for Corporate Leadership and Management In this podcast, discover: What humans can do that machines cannot! (OR What is a bot and what is not?!) How to become a Marvel hero (or mo…
 
Today I will be talking to Rebecca Christianson about the experience of being a Millennial senior leader and Executive – both the opportunities and the challenges. This podversation is focused on those Millennial leaders themselves, but will be interesting for P&C professionals and other interested senior leaders wanting to better understand their …
 
When it comes to being authentic, with skill, there are few better approaches than by using the strengths approach. So in this podcast, I would like to focus on how to be more you, the strengths way. I have 5 steps to share with you: 1. know your values and purpose; 2. understand what energises you; 3. build a brand around that; 4. keep stretching,…
 
Today’s podcast brings us a truly tremendous human, doing a whole range of positive work in the community both in the UK and in DRC in Central Africa, Christian Bless. We discuss Chris's story: setting up Solola Bien, a TV show in DRC, the community group Boys 2 Men in London and most recently, Greaterself – a consultancy that aims to help African …
 
I’m delighted to be having a conversation today with our Strengthscope intern, Abbigail Leeson. In her time with us, Abbigail has been focusing on building the Strengthscope practitioner community and has provided a lot of creative and research input to help us with that. Abbi is studying for her Psychology degree at Cardiff University and has been…
 
It’s important for leaders to be clear on the purpose of their team, of their department and their organisation and the function of each in the world. This boils down to having a vision and sharing that vision of something beyond just a job or a project for each person working for you, but instead to help each employee feel part of something bigger…
 
In this podversation, I talk with Dr. Rebecca Newton, organisational psychologist and executive coach and author of Authentic Gravitas - Who Stands Out and Why. We discuss her career journey and how she got to where she is now how she uses the strengths approach her recent activities in the world of gravitas, its importance in leadership developmen…
 
In my coaching and development work with senior execs, there is one activity that I can guarantee will always form part of our conversations, almost certainly more than once. And that’s stakeholder engagement. From forming a stakeholder engagement map to a stakeholder engagement plan or strategy, these discussions are almost always central to the s…
 
Firstly, why build your leadership brand and is it worth doing? The answer is an emphatic "yes". Like all great brands, having a strong leadership brand produces strong results in terms of improved demand, perceived value, reputation and results.. More specifically, a leadership brand helps • To differentiate yourself in competitive internal and ex…
 
This week, Dr Paul Brewerton (aka The Strengths Guy) sits down with Derek Appau; founder of Limitless Personal Excellence, a certified coach, personal effectiveness trainer and facilitator. They’ll be talking about the strengths approach and the use of psychometrics in the context of creating more inclusive, equitable, fair and diverse workplaces. …
 
From a business point of view, the pandemic has taught us many things. At a business leadership level, once of the most relevant is the importance of divergent thinking, of diverse, innovative perspectives in decision making, Particularly when under pressure and in uncertain situations. During the pandemic, the dependence of organisations on the de…
 
Strengths based leadership is getting a lot of interest these days and rightly so. When leaders enable the strengths of their teams, there is a large spike in engagement. This can also lead to significant increases in productivity when taken into performance management conversations. So the strengths based approach - managing and leading by focusin…
 
In this podversation, Paul Brewerton, the strengths guy, talks with sisters Roohi and Nida Mohiyuddin, two inspiring women who have just launched Nu(pw)R, a new business designed to empower women through a unique three stage process. Roohi and Nida tell their story – what led them to set out on their journey and what difference they hope to achieve…
 
This week, Dr Paul Brewerton (aka The Strengths Guy) welcomes Rebecca Christianson. Rebecca’s been building her own people consultancy for some time. She’s an Executive coach and an expert on innovative People & Culture practices as she worked as an internal P&C senior leader and Executive for over 15 years. She coaches senior leaders to focus on m…
 
https://www.strengthscope.com/self-management-personal-productivity/ Technology has made it genuinely challenging to deal with the pace and volume of information coming at us day to day. It affects our sleep patterns, our relationships, our stress levels. With all those potential distractions surrounding you, how can you improve your self-managemen…
 
Read the article here: https://www.strengthscope.com/building-resilience-in-5-steps/ Online resilience course: https://www.strengthscope.com/resilience-course/ ‘How can I develop resilience?’ is one of the questions we are most often asked at Strengthscope. Well, we’ve spent years in research and practice to discover the simplest and most effective…
 
In Season 1, Episdode 4 I discussed 'How to give great feedback in 3 steps', both positive and negative, emphasising the importance of being respectful, listening well and asking clarifying questions. Although I touched on how to receive feedback, the main focus was on giving it well. In this podcast, I want to go more in depth on how to handle neg…
 
During times of uncertainty and at the start of the year, people often tend to focus on their personal and professional development. As we move to the end of January, with the freshness of the New Year starting to wear off, could be time to reflect again on the important things in life and reaffirm the commitment to ourselves to do those things we’…
 
In this podversation, I chat with Larissa Batt about how to use the strengths approach in a sales context. For the last few years, Larissa has been in various senior sales role at Strengthscope and in her current role, she leads on all corporate sales, so she knows lots and lots about strengths in a sales context. This podcast will be of interest t…
 
Today’s podcast is on growth mindset. Such a powerful concept. Central to positive psychology. Evidence links growth mindset to a variety of positive outcomes: higher goal achievement, motivation, lower stress, anxiety, depression, better work relationships and higher performance levels. There is so much science to back it up. Carol Dweck at Stanfo…
 
Start off 2021 on the good foot! In the first podcast of 2021, I look at several areas that will help you shape the next 12 months in a positive way: How did you cope with the life changes brought on by 2020, and what did you learn about yourself through that? How can you use what you learned to take control of 2021 and make it as fulfilling, as en…
 
2020: The year of COVID19. It's been tough and we've lived through not one but two national 'lockdowns' here in the UK! Globally many of us have had to dig deep for resilience methods, calling on strengths of self and others to get through it all. Someone who knows quite a bit about the power of utilising our strengths and the psychology behind the…
 
2020 has been challenging and damaging in so many ways. For many people, it has been completely life-changing. We have all experienced a sense of loss this year, but for some of us that has been loss of health, of loved ones, of livelihoods and of futures. There’s not much positive to be had in any of that. At least not on the face of it. And yet, …
 
During this global pandemic, most people have needed to adapt significantly to new ways of working and new ways of living that we haven’t had much choice over. Working from home, for millions of people, is just one of those adaptations. So now, many months on from the start of the pandemic, what have we learned about working from home well? About g…
 
Building trust is more difficult virtually than it is when you’re in the same place as other people. You miss out on all the ‘in between’ bits – the micro gestures, the informal chats, the side conversations after meetings. Read more here: https://www.strengthscope.com/building-trust-in-virtual-teams/ All of that information can help us to build up…
 
Team health is at a premium these days. As in wellbeing as well as performance for individuals in a team and for the team overall. This year has been unprecedented in its demands on teams to flex and bend into all sorts of shapes they’re not used to. People leaving, joining, objectives changing, changing again, and for many teams, all in the contex…
 
The term ‘dysfunctional team’ sends a shudder through many of us, bringing up visions of a team that is infighting, politicking, game-playing, back-stabbing, bullying and emotionally outbursting. So today’s podcast focuses on what to do when you are asked to support a dysfunctional team or if you feel you might be part of a dysfunctional team. http…
 
Team development is squarely and firmly back on the agenda in most organisations. Now more than ever, teams are working virtually, so organisations need a route map for building successful virtual teams. It would be easy to say that building virtual teams is just the same as building teams that are co-located, and to some extent that’s true, but th…
 
As our new world of working continues to reveal itself, virtual teamworking is fast becoming a standard in many organisations. With more teams working fully virtually and others at least working partly on a virtual basis, there is a growing need for virtual teams not used to working in this way to get some tips on how to get the best from themselve…
 
Last time, part 1 introduced the topic of career wellbeing and took you through the first 3 of the 7 elements: Your career progression your relationships at work your relationship with the organisation (If you missed it, you can catch up here: https://www.strengthscope.com/improve-your-career-wellbeing-part-1/) Part 2 of our ‘improve your career we…
 
This week’s podcast is a big one. It’s a podversation with the new Managing Director of Strengthscope, David Lincoln. Read more: https://www.strengthscope.com/how-to-transition-roles-the-strengths-way-podversation/ This week we’re talking about how you can transition into a new role using strengths principles by: 1. Knowing where you’ve come from a…
 
What is career wellbeing? Various researchers have tried to break it down into various elements including: career transitions you might make, your relationships at work, your relationship with the organisation, your work performance, your sense of purpose, learning and development and finally, your work-life blend. So in today’s podcast, I want to …
 
Now is a really good time to focus on your well-being and one of the central pillars of you feeling well is to connect with other humans. We are social animals and the last few months have been particularly challenging for us as to how to practically connect socially with other people. Much of our interaction has been through screens or other techn…
 
https://www.strengthscope.com/managing-a-team-through-change/ Many teams are experiencing significant change as a result of the events of 2020 but change within teams presents a perennial challenge. Team membership is always fluid, goals and objectives need to be revisited, projects and focuses come and go. This podcast focuses on what you can prac…
 
More offices and workplaces are now starting to open and more people are returning to work, and there’s an unusual atmosphere of normality combined with concerns about the unknown. To ease those concerns and increase the feeling of normality, my headline advice is to go for familiarity and control, that will help ease any stress and tension you mig…
 
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