Companies and organisations, in both the public and private sectors, and the people who are charged with making them successful, are currently faced with pressures and challenges which are unprecedented. Never before have we operated in such a globally interconnected market, the speed of technological change is scary, and the demands and expectations of customers and shareholders continues to increase. All of this, set against a backdrop of relentless global financial pressures, cost cutting, and job security fears amongst our workforces.
Despite all of these challenges, the future can be bright and is full of opportunity and possibility. In order to embrace these opportunities we need to equip ourselves and prepare to meet those challenges, in the same way that an athlete prepares for an Olympics. In order to be the very best they can be, athletes need to know a lot more than ‘just’ their traditional training programme. They become well-versed in areas of muscle physiology, nutrition, anatomy, cardio-vascular mechanics, as well as some important principles of the the way their brain works through relaxation techniques, managing and channelling emotions and positive visualisation exercises.
And what is it that we need and expect from our leaders? Problem-solving, decision making, emotional intelligence, an understanding of what motivates people, an ability to engage and quickly establish rapport with others, conflict management and resolution, negotiation skills, an ability to manage their own emotions, an engaging communication style, and the list goes on and on…..
In the same way that athletes have moved on from ‘traditional’ training being sufficient, successful leaders will be interested in at least a rudimentary understanding of the way the brain works and the neuroscience that underpins their emotions, drives, moods and behaviours.
Why wouldn’t someone who wants to be the ‘best they can be’ seek to give themself every advantage in achieving that vision? Athletes do. They are constantly seeking the ‘edge’ that might just put them on the top of the podium. Their body is ‘the tool of their trade’. The brain is no less the tool of the executive or business leader’s trade.
The engagement and coaching model adopted by Gyro takes a holistic and collaborative approach, focusing on vision, values and purpose, and, depending on the client’s needs, will also explore drivers, motivation, beliefs, strengths and leadership style. The process is guaranteed to generate higher levels of self-awareness and a greater understanding of what it will take to move forward and be successful.
“Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.” ~Kevin Smith