I was recently hired to teach Emotional Intelligence for Harvard University at the Harvard Ed Portal. In this course, participants were asked to read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, along with completing the assessment to build awareness around strengths and development areas for Emotional Intelligence.
Groupthink can be dangerous for teams. It can be avoided by having a safe culture and environment for disagreeing and for taking risk. The ability for people to feel comfortable being vulnerable leads to creativity and innovation, because they’re going to test and try different options and solutions.
My 7 year-old business, Sarah Scala Consulting, continues to be successful through word-of-mouth referrals and recommendations. I am grateful everyday to have wonderful clients that continue to recommend me to leaders of their organizations or to their peers at different companies. When starting out, entrepreneurs often feel like they absolutely need to have a website to start a business.
As a Channel Partner with Ken Blanchard Companies, I frequently teach Situational Leadership II® to corporate clients. In the first morning of class, I share a personal example that shows how I went through the Development cycle in my efforts to learn how to roll a kayak. This is one of my favorite parts of teaching this model.
Through conversations with my SCORE mentors, a spreadsheet was created showing the current-state and future-state of the systems. This analysis also included the frequency of use. This spreadsheet helped to quantify the amount of time devoted to each task and system. From these insights, I identified ways to use certain systems for multiple tasks and streamline processes. It's often helpful to take a look at what we're spending our time doing as entrepreneurs, and what we may be able to delegate or eliminate.
I recently hiked Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire with a friend. A few thousand feet into the 9-mile hike, we quickly realized that we were not going to be successful unless we changed our equipment because the entire trail had flooded and subsequently frozen. We strapped on spikes or crampons and were much more successful with more appropriate gear. We also used trekking poles to keep balance.
The topic of performance management comes up quite frequently in conversations and articles in the Human Resources and Learning and Development industries. Some organizations have decided scrap performance reviews and their performance process all together, while other organizations have refined or simplified the way performance is managed.
I led a workshop on Neuro Coaching and Behavior Change for the Granite State Learning and Organization Development Round Table, hosted by King Arthur Flour. Participation was strong, with great discussion and questions about using Compassion and Compliance coaching approaches in organizations.
Philanthropy and volunteer leadership have been a key part of my annual goal setting process. I volunteer at least once each month, and get great joy from helping others in my community - whether it's those who are hungry, those who could use mentoring, or those who could benefit from learning.
Gratitude has many benefits professionally, emotionally, and physically. I practice gratitude each morning before I get out of bed by writing in a gratitude journal. I record 5 things that I am grateful for each day in my journal.
Coaching is a confidential learning experience that is customized for specific client needs. The coach supports and challenges the client while maintaining focus on progress toward meeting established goals. Team Coaching is different from executive or career coaching in that it is done with a group of people who work together, with defined group objectives.
As my blog and newsletter readers know, I read and enjoy a lot of books each year! I am always looking to learn new skills and ways to keep growing my business, Sarah Scala Consulting. Here are my 5 favorite books on positive psychology. These are excellent reads for Coaches, HR leaders, CEOs and Business Managers - anyone who works with people, really.
Wouldn't it be great if we could send people to a training workshop and have them finish with all the skills and knowledge that they need on the job? That rarely happens with a training course on its own. Retention of learning is optimized and increased when there are support tools and resources in place.
Situational Leadership II® (SLII®) is the "most widely taught leadership model in the world. SLII creates a shared process, language, and model for building leadership across all levels of an organization." - Ken Blanchard Companies. SLII is a proven, time-tested model that has been used to train over 5 million leaders in the world’s top organizations.
With over 20 years of experience designing and facilitating experiential learning programs, Sarah Scala Consulting has been brought in to work with clients in multiple industries and countries. Research shows that learning is most strongly retained when people are actively engaged in it (Dale, 1946).
According to Carol Dweck, psychologist and researcher at Stanford University, and author of Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, people with a growth mindset believe that talents and skills can be developed. This mindset builds resilience and optimism. Folks with a strong growth mindset look at people as if they can be developed. They also stick with things and have good ways to cope and thrive. Folks with a growth mindset tend to have better business results because they're willing to overcome weaknesses and obstacles. Especially during times of transition, these folks tend to achieve more.
More and more articles and publications are referencing Mindsets and how they impact business performance. Carol Dweck, Stanford University Professor, is credited with the research on mindsets. In her book, Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, she shares her findings about how are mindsets can have a strong impact on our business results.
Recently I was hired to do a video interview on Creativity and Innovation for Teams with MindEdge, a Boston-based online corporate learning company. As I prepared for the interview, I reflected on where I have achieved success with my clients and past employers when it comes to creativity and innovation.
I recently led a workshop on Neuro Coaching and Behavior Change within your Organization for the CentralMassachusetts Association for Talent Development (ATD) at Clark University. Participation was strong, with great discussion and questions about using compassion and compliance coaching approaches in their organizations.
I read a lot about Coaching and Behavior Change books as an ICF Certified Executive Coach to keep my skills and approach sharp. Whether you are a long-time practicing Coach or simply want to develop coaching skills as a leader of people or HR professional, I highly recommend the follow books.
Ten years ago I read the book Smart Women Finish Rich, by David Bach. He has a revised version coming out on September 18, 2018. Ideas presented in the book are appropriate for both men and women. Initially I picked up this book to learn about finances and money in my 20’s; however, I used concepts from the book to design a spreadsheet template for setting goals and planning how I want to live my life, professionally and personally.
The start of the New Year is a great time to look at your own development plan and goals! As a lifelong learner, professional in the Learning and coaching fields, and an entrepreneur, I have found it to be critical to invest both time and money into my continued development and learning. When it comes to keeping engaged and your skills sharp, finding ways to think about what and how you want to learn next is important. Each New Year's Day I write myself a personal development plan.
When I moved back to New England from the Midwest in 2011, I quickly noticed that one resource missing was a professional association to build connections and learn from those in my field of Organization Development and Learning. Having spent almost a decade in Wisconsin, I was a member of a few professional associations. Learning and connections with these groups were pivotal in helping me to find new positions, learn new approaches, and really feel like I had a community!
When clients request career coaching, I often start by asking them about their connections. Some people have a well-developed network through their company, friends, professional associations, community service, Boards of Directors, sports, or hobbies. Other people have not spent much time developing these networks. A lot of people hate networking, so instead I position it as connecting: a way to build real relationships and friendships, that in time will grow stronger. Currently, most jobs in the U.S. are gained by referrals - who you know. Referrals for jobs are one of the most common ways companies find potential candidates to fill positions.
LinkedIn is the professional social media platform connecting people and organizations. Having a professional profile on LinkedIn is a great step if you are searching for a job. Once recruiters become aware of a potential candidate, the first place they go to learn more is on LinkedIn.
Career coaching is a resource that people can use throughout the chapters of their professional life. Whether you are looking for your very first job or are a CEO looking to retire and start that next chapter in your life, my clients have received a lot of value from career and transition coaching.