ROADTEST: GETTING TO KNOW ME – THE INSIGHTS DISCOVERY TOOL

  Figure 1 (top) and Figure 2 (bottom)     By Tim Dench and Petra Macdougald We roadtest the psychometric tool, Insights Discovery   What is it? At the very start of the self-awareness journey is Insights Discovery. A psychometric tool based on the psychology of Carl Jung, Insights Discovery is built to help people understand themselves, understand others, and make the most of the relationships that affect them in the workplace. The Insights Discovery methodology uses a simple and memorable four-colour model (see The Insights Wheel, Figure 1) to help people understand their style, their strengths and the value they […]

TOOLBOX: ROAD TEST – HOW ARE YOU IN YOURSELF?

We road test JCA Global’s The Feelings Wheel   What is it? As part of its toolkit of resources for accredited practitioners in Emotional Intelligence (EI), people development and business psychology consultancy, JCA Global, part of PSI, a global workplace solutions provider, embraced the theory of emotion experts Robert Plutchik and James Russell to develop the Feelings Wheel, a tool that gives coach and client the language to explore feelings, and enables the client to access how they feel in a specific situation.   How it works In business, we’re often told to leave our emotions at the door, but […]

TOOLBOX: TRIED AND TESTED – GAME PLAN

Hazel Russo shares how her board game, Lumination™, is being used as a powerful coaching and facilitation tool in organisations   Two decades ago I invented a treasure trail in my local woods which invited people to explore a question they had about their lives. Fifty people took part. We divided them into small groups, gave them a map and they set off. Once in the woods they met characters who held an activity designed to prompt new thinking. At the end, a number of participants described it as one of the most impactful experiences of their lives. Zoom forward […]

ROAD TEST: THINK WELL, THINK TOGETHER

How can we work with the Thinking Environment® in groups and teams? asks Linda Aspey What is it? As technology shapes our lives in new ways every day, the need for people to work relationally, in alignment and with intelligence is increasingly important. We need to think well – together. You don’t need a high IQ, experience, or prior knowledge to think. But if the conditions around us aren’t conducive to good quality, independent (ie, original, non-compliant) thinking, we won’t get great ideas, make progress or make good decisions. One of these conditions is, as Nancy Kline, founder of Time […]

ROAD TEST: TAKING THE MIDDLE COURSE

Coaching at Work road tests Middle Circle® for Teams, a digital app to help measure a team’s effectiveness What is it? Middle Circle® for Teams is a digital app tool designed to be used by coaches when coaching teams. Based on quantitative university research, it provides a robust and granular measure of a team’s effectiveness. It uses mobile technology and gamification to change team routines and team member habits and, against its 14 ‘Drivers’ of team effectiveness, pinpoints teams’ strengths and highlights development areas. It can be used to both assess and develop teams and has been employed as part […]

ROADTEST: TOOLBOX – WE-Q FOR IQ

Coaching at Work road tests We-Q, a measure of a team’s collective IQ by Liz Hall   What is it? We-Q is the measure of a team’s collaborative intelligence – the ability to fulfil their purpose and thrive. We’ve all experienced the paradox of brilliant people stuck in the mud of dysfunctional team dynamics. Team members have a high ‘I-Q’, but the team itself has a low ‘We-Q’. Conversely we’ve (hopefully) had the experience of teams with a high We-Q, where things get done easily, eg, they can innovate, be creative and happy and go home on time. We-Q is […]

TOOLBOX: ROADTEST – 30 MINUTES ON-DEMAND

This issue we roadtest the online coaching platform MyThrive  Liz Hall What is it? Thrive Partners was established in 2015 with the goal of “democratising coaching” – taking it beyond the executive suite, and into the wider talent pools. Re-imagining the traditional paradigms of coaching, MyThrive is designed for the always-on, fast pace of modern business – and the changing expectations of learning among younger workforces. Coaching is delivered online and on-demand, through its 200-strong coaching faculty, who connect through an online booking system and a Skype-style interface. Users select the coach they need to help with a specific issue […]

TOOLBOX: ROAD TEST – MY BEST PROFILE

This issue we roadtest the PROPHET profiling tool By Stephanie Wyman and Katherine Tulpa   What is it? PROPHET (Predictive Role Profiling for High-performing Executive Teams), is a business-focused profiling tool to be used for development purposes with executives, especially relevant for senior teams. It looks at aspects of personal motivation and decision-making style, and links these to roles across a typical business cycle. PROPHET has recently been reviewed by and successfully registered with The British Psychological Society’s Psychological Testing Centre. PROPHET has been designed for leaders to profile their executive population in order to: Fast-track team performance, and Shape […]

TOOLBOX: ROADTEST CORPORATE GAMEPLAY

This issue we roadtest Jenson8’s virtual reality multi-player workshop What is it? Coaching and development company Jenson8’s new workshop for corporates draws on a multi-player virtual reality (VR) platform to immerse participants in scenarios designed for the strongest impact. In its virtual worlds, participants safely experience through gameplay difficult situations to learn how their behaviour, environment, stress and reaction to stress triggers different outcomes. The workshop brings together game theory and immersive learning techniques to create an impressively successful education and training tool.   How it works Jenson8 VR workshops seek to provide a greater understanding of oneself and others […]

TOOLBOX: THE COACHING CULTURE READINESS BAROMETER

Readying the NHS for coaching What is it? The Coaching Culture Readiness Barometer was developed in response to a request from the NHS West Midlands to help trusts in its region develop their thinking about how to establish a coaching culture. The objective was to introduce people through a series of workshops to the principles of a coaching culture and how to bring it into being, and to emerge from those workshops with a tool that could be used to enable any NHS organisation in the region to understand their current status on their journey towards a coaching culture – […]