By Gerry Murray. 02-05-2021
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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. ~ Douglas Adams
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In this episode of Leading People, I sat down with author, coach, NLP Trainer and fellow Harrison Assessments Managing Partner Pat Hutchinson to chat about personal development and leadership and what it's like to learn and apply practical things after you go on a training course. Pat calls these types of courses REAL courses, in the sense that you learn skills that have real practical application and value in our day to day lives.
Pat is the author of several books, including Brilliant NLP.
One of the key things that Pat points out is that we're all unique and therefore we have our own individual perspectives on the world, our own development needs and our own sense of who we are. She emphasises how she has used the combination of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and the Harrison Assessment to help leaders better understand themselves and their teams.
Pat has great advice on how leaders can learn from the people that they're working with, how it's ok to be wrong occasionally and how they can have more meaningful conversations.
We explore key skills that leaders need to acquire, how what Pat calls a "sheep dipping" approach to Leadership Development is not useful, why we sometimes stop doing things that we're actually good at, the need for simplicity in business, and so much more, including her top 3 tips for Leaders.
So, perhaps mosey on over to the Podcast to learn more...
What are the 3 worst mistakes in business?
What do you call a bunch of sheep rolling down the hill? A. A lamb slide
What do sheep wear to the beach? A baa-kini
An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter checks his dossier and, not seeing his name there, accidentally sends him to Hell.
It doesn’t take long before the engineer becomes rather dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell. He soon begins to design and build improvements. Shortly thereafter, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators. Needless to say, the engineer is a pretty popular guy.
One day, God calls Satan and says with a sneer: "So, how are things in Hell?"
Satan replies: "Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning, flush toilets, and escalators. And there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."
"What!" God exclaims: "You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake -- he should never have been sent to Hell... send him to me."
"Not a chance," Satan replies: "I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him!"
God insists: "Send him back or I’ll sue."
Satan laughs uproariously and answers: "Yeah, right. And where are you going to get a lawyer?"