During the last year, the People & Leadership Group has established itself as one of the forward-thinking groups on leadership topics Luxembourg and their first session continued this trend, combining interactive workshops with a positive atmosphere.
This session--“Up Close and Personal”, held on Wednesday 14 March--was about leading change within oneself and how to overcome obstacles that stop us from developing better habits.
At 9am, Andrew Notter of Badenoch & Clark welcomed everyone to the event, followed by Jill Saville, chair of the BCC P&L Group who gave an outlook on the events scheduled for this year and shared the inspirational example of Stephen Hawking, who was given only a couple of years to live when his illness was diagnosed while he was at university, and made a huge personal impact to the world way into his seventies.
Claudia Neumeister of Luxdates opened the session by asking members of the audience on whether they had any New Year’s resolutions and where they stand 10 weeks into the New Year.
With the help of the “Inner Team” model by the German psychologist Schulz von Thun, she explained that the conflicting voices people experience within themselves need to be heard and addressed in order to reach an inner consensus which allows change projects to progress.
People in the audience were asked to name their change project and identify the members of their Inner Team, and their messages. “Listening to your inner voices, identifying the ones who have the most helpful messages, and encouraging the quiet ones to speak up a bit, is an important leadership skill as it allows you to not only bring out the best in yourself, but also in your team members”, she explained.
Sarah Battey of All About Talent used the model of “Appreciative Inquiry” (developed by the organisational psychologist David Cooperrider) to help the audience draw out a roadmap for their individual change process.
“Defining the change goal, discovering what already works well, then dreaming about the things that could be possible, are building blocks for a positive mindset in the next two steps in the process: designing the path by looking at what can be achieved, and delivering on your destiny by examining your habits in relation to your goal. The model of Appreciative Inquiry can be used not only to facilitate change in our personal lives but is used successfully in the USA and Australia to transform large organisations”, she explained.
As a next step, she led the audience through a workshop on how they can change their habits by using American journalist Charles Duhigg’s Clue-Routine-Reward (Craving) Model.
Both Sarah and Claudia will be documenting their own change projects in monthly updates on the People & Leadership team’s website and invited the audience to participate and share their change journey.
During the last session in December 2018, they will share whether they could create new habits that helped them reach their goals and are looking forward to seeing the tools they presented tested by the People & Leadership community.