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Are leadership styles old, outdated and irrelevant in this new era of Covid working?!

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A deliberately provocative headline. Of course leadership styles still exist, even with remote working.

We all have a favoured styles of leadership, but how often do you consider that you need to adjust that style according to your team?

As August arrived, we decided to develop our existing programmes and how we look at Leadership in a Covid world. The process has unearthed some fresh partnerships as well as forced a little re learning.

Existing models are valuable, arguably you need to engage with this type of theory even more whilst you are dislocated from your team.

The Hersey Blanchard Situational Leadership model, helps leaders to consider not only their own behaviour, but that of their teams too. Each person needs different engagement, both because of their personality, but also because of their experience.

For H-B, less experienced staff need more frequent check ins, direct guidance and support. The more experienced need more general objectives and benefit from...

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Emerging From Crisis - 5 Steps for leading your team out of lockdown.

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#1 Invest in your relationships Communicate honestly, check on wellbeing and avoid speaking to your team just about work and what you need as a manager.Stephen Covey highlights in his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that “to grow trust as a leader you must “invest in the emotional bank account" of your team. Investing in relationships by building trust benefits the outputs in the longer run. Communicate honestly and check on wellbeing. Avoid speaking to your team just about work and what you need as a manager. Don’t ignore who they are and what they are living through outside of the work to do list.

 
 

#2 Openly praise and reward Remember to recognise and praise hard work and efforts. Avoid public criticism and accusations around lockdown efficiency. Now more than ever people need praise. Financial rewards and bonuses will be hit in income affected businesses and those in key worker employment will have been...

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Getting your team active is the simplest way to improve organisational performance...

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Exercise could be the simplest way to improve your team's mental health...

Developing a physically health workplace is one of the most singularly overlooked opportunities for you to improve the performance of your organisation.
 
Forged from experience of leadership in Afghanistan and business and charity sectors, 3Pillars have committed to intelligent physical wellbeing packages as a central pillar to our three pillared performance model. 
 
Modern workplaces have embedded sedentary practices, more disconnected from the benefits of physical work than ever. Within an interconnected workplace, employees face faster demands and shorter deadlines in the race for success. Companies must get their staff active, more now than ever before...
 
This is a bold and easy statement to make, but there is clear rationale why your organisation should champion exercise....
 
-Exercise improves the physical...
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Brand Flakes - Lessons from a Cereal Box

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The bleakest of times may not yet be upon us. A 2 percent contraction in the UK economy in the first quarter of 2020, could be dwarfed by the office of Budget Responsibility’s [OBR] prediction that by June, the UK economy could shrink by a record 35 percent. Already suffering industries will likely face more strain before relief raises its head. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak highlighted we face a ‘significant recession this year’, with the accommodation and food, transport and storage and education industries already suffering the largest declines in growth of 9.5 percent, 4.9 percent and 4 percent respectively. Resilience is fundamental to survive any storm, it will be a vital tool for UK organisations, big and small, to not just survive but return to prosperity, in the aftermath of COVID-induced economic ‘quarantine’.

 
 

But what is resilience? Resilience is the self-righting, transcending capacity within all youth, adults,...

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Leadership through times of uncertainty

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This is an unprecedented time for leaders around the world.

Both leaders on the international stage and for leaders in the cornerstone sections of society; the ward sisters, supermarket team leaders, delivery managers.

I was honoured to be able to contribute to Stand up Straight, a book on everyday leadership inspired by the lessons of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). It strikes me, that leaders need the lessons from this book, now more than ever. Leadership in times of stress is difficult. But combine this with the remoteness that every responsible Britain is now imposing on themselves and many are faced with a revolutionary task. The remoteness of working is one that the Army has long embraced and solved with one thing: Trust.

 
 

How do you simultaneously keep your team inspired, engaged and safe during this time?

 

Three basic tips:

 
 

1) Leadership is about influence. At times like this, your team may be remote and dislocated, you...

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Managing Mental Wellbeing & Resilience - 7 Tips

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The UK is heading towards an unprecedented lockdown situation. We have all seen how quiet the streets are. For some, this might be a chance for a break. For others, the situation could be completely overwhelming. For those in the NHS, you are no doubt bracing yourselves for some tough months.

3Pillars CEO, Mike Crofts discussed tips for managing your mental health in the coming weeks with experienced Army leader Steve Metcalf, who rose through the ranks from Trooper to Lieutenant Colonel. Between them, there is a fair bit of knowledge about operating in stressful situations. Steve set up a training company on leaving the Army and RobustMind Mental Fitness now work with 3Pillars to deliver wellbeing, mental health and resilience training.

1 - Stay in touch

It is really important to stay in touch with others (friends, family and colleagues), even though face-to-face contact might not be advised at this time of uncertainty.

 Steve said: “Just having a short chat by...
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