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Carolyn Stenhouse Breakfast at Talent – How to get from Good to Great

What makes a good leader? It is a common question discussed at most workplaces. Is it knowledge in their field, being able to share information and be insightful? Is it emotional intelligence, people skills, or all of the above? There are many aspects that contribute towards what makes a good leader, but the questions we asked at today’s event is how do we become better than good? How do we get to great?

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Carolyn has gained a reputation as being a leading behavioural science expert as well as the UK government’s go to person for anything sensitive and challenging.

Combining the rare qualities of academic rigor with Scottish street smarts, Carolyn spent many years at the top of government and industry before setting up and running one of Scotland’s best performing consultancies. Then demand for her as a speaker and executive coach led to her setting up her own company and brand.

With a room full of marketing and digital executives, leaders and learners alike, the room was instantly taken by Carolyn’s quick wit and humour. There were several ‘Aha’ moments for attendees, with an incredibly personal and insightful Q&A session tailored to our audience. Carolyn shared her own personal insights, as well as educated opinions about how things we do unconsciously can hinder us and prevent us from becoming great.

Carolyn challenged the audience to question how well they really understand themselves and their behaviour. Then what this means in a leadership context. All within a 30 minute time frame!

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With a room full of marketing and digital executives, leaders and learners alike, the room was instantly taken by Carolyn’s quick wit and humour. There were several ‘Aha’ moments for attendees, with an incredibly personal and insightful Q&A session tailored to our audience. Carolyn shared her own personal insights, as well as educated opinions about how things we do unconsciously can hinder us and prevent us from becoming great.

Carolyn challenged the audience to question how well they really understand themselves and their behaviour. Then what this means in a leadership context. All within a 30 minute time frame!

Carolyn’s top tips:

  1. Mind your posture
    1. Your posture can very easily portray your inner emotions and thoughts, when you sit or stand up straight with squared shoulders, it portrays to those around you confidence and personal power. Sitting slumped or hunched can give the impression of boredom or that you’re disengaged.
  2. Watch your tone
    1. Something Australians are especially bad at is raising the end of our sentences in pitch. Keeping your voice one level, speaking at a paced speed and using concise phrasing gives the impression of intelligence and calmness as well as power. Ensuring your voice does not rise in inflection will portray you in a better way to those you converse with.
  3. The “fact” that we only access 7% of our brains is a lie.
    1. We are always using the entirety of our brains, actively we only use a small percent concentrating on our current task, but the remainder of our brains is always working or assisting the active part of our brains.
  4. There is more to ourselves that what we know
    1. The majority of the population are unaware of who they truly are, the things that build our personalities and shape our identities. It’s important to look beyond what we think and look into the deeper, darker part of ourselves to truly understand who we are. Once we understand this, it will be easier for us to understand others and lead them.

The main takeaway from the morning was the realisation that there’s so much about ourselves and our subconscious mind that we don’t understand and that to get from Good to Great we need to be able to understand ourselves first in order to be able to manage and lead others.

After a very successful event, we’re glad Carolyn enjoyed her time speaking with us and hope to have her back again soon!

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To find out more about Carolyn click the link here: http://www.carolynstenhouse.co.uk/