When I was very young, we lived in Scotland. Certain things followed us when we moved to England, including having Haggis for Sunday lunch!
When I was about seven, I remember asking my Dad what a Haggis was. According to him, a Haggis was a mountain creature which had two legs shorter than the others to help it climb sideways around the hills and mountains of Scotland.
Captivated by my knew knowledge I promptly offered this information to all who would listen to me at school, including my teacher whose eyebrows promptly raised and told me not to be so silly. I insisted that ‘My Dad’ had told me so it must be true!
Often, we believe things we are told by those 'wiser’ than ourselves, sometimes without question. This doesn’t always go to plan! (Lopsided Haggis!)
When I’m helping new managers, I sometimes offer a model or theory to help them understand a way of seeing how a situation might unfold… but what I also do, is offer the advice that CONTEXT and PURPOSE is more important than a model.
What I’m really aiming for, is for them to be able to think for themselves rather than believe everything they hear… a lesson I learnt young!
What have you been told that turned out to be false?
#CuriouLighthouse #ManagementDevelopment #Haggis
I recently found out my husband’s 13 x Great Uncle (Peter Heywood) was the man who snatched the torch from Guy Fawkes on 5th Nov 1605, thus preventing him from setting fire to the gunpowder that was about to destroy Parliament!
I love researching the lives of my family and finding little snippets that make them come to life. Not all are as noteworthy as stopping parliament being blown up, most are farmers, carpenters, church clerks, one or two crackpots and fair share of Coal Miners.
But jobs are just one aspect of their lives.
In my own ‘job’ as an L&D consultant I often speak to new managers who find the idea of talking about personal life with their team difficult. Some might even see it as intrusive, but the reality is people bring their personal lives to work. Especially now with so many of us working from home right now, they are literally juggling personal and professional life in one space.
As a manager, finding out more about your team will help you build a bigger picture about what’s going on in their life and how this might be impacting on their work. More importantly how you can support them to get the best for them, you, and the company.
I’m not suggesting you go researching their family history! But having a general conversation about how things are can really help to shed some light (see what I did there … lantern, light!) on their situation and make all the difference.
Why not start by asking them what they are up to for Bonfire night!
#CuriousLighthouse #managementDevelopment #GuyFawkes
Learning doesn't just happen in a training session. It happens all around us! Follow my ramblings and continue to see the world in a different light!