We encourage our team to be curious about the world, within and beyond our business and share what they find interesting, along with some of Berkshire’s ‘Top Tips’.
“People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.” ~ A. C. Benson.
Feedback is part and parcel of improvement. If you have ideas on how someone can improve, don’t hold your ideas back – rather, share your criticism constructively. Here are some helpful guidelines for giving constructive feedback.
The ABC of Communication
The subject of this Ten Meters of Thinking is The ABC of Communication. Here Paul will remind the audience about the impact and reach of communication. We therefore all have a responsibility in how we communicate with others. Paul points out what it means to align our communication with our actions and vice versa. Thereby, he offers a practical model that shows the essence of successful communication can be as simple as A,B,C.
Everyone has a boss as well as peers. To be successful, one must be able to work effectively with any or most of them. The lifeblood of this process is influence. In all likelihood, to be successful at your job, you must be able to “sell” an idea or project, persuade coworkers or peers to provide support and/or resources, or get people to do something that they may not necessarily want or need to do.
The Psychology of Persuasion
Dr. Cialdini’s books, including Influence: Science & Practice and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, are the result of decades of peer-reviewed published research on why people comply with requests. Influence has sold over 3 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in 30 languages. This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion as reported in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book.
The First Follower
An old Berkshire favourite, an enjoyable video with a great message..
Curiosity and Leadership
Stretch People is one of Berkshire’s partners who specialises in the area of leadership development and the transition from expert to leader. The below discusses a subject we talk about a lot in Berkshire Curiosity and Leadership.
“Berkshire Consultancy has transformed our specification for a management development programme for minority ethnic managers into an innovative, high quality course. The result is a challenging and exciting opportunity for managers who have the potential to progress to top level management.”Paula Cairney, Head of Learning & Development, NOMS
Fascinating voyage of self-discovery. It’s been incredibly rewarding, tough (in a positive and challenging way) and a brilliant network opportunity.Airbus EXPAND, Participant
Their passion for what they do, and for our aspiration and needs was what got them through the door. Their collaboration with us over the last year in conceiving, designing and executing a fantastically successful learning programme – at pace – has made them a pleasure to work with.Gill Hunter, Managing Partner, Maxus
Berkshire has worked in a really integrated and collaborative way with their Lean, Learn, Lead approach, coaching our senior leaders and managers, developing staff at all levels, and supporting us to create the environment where organisational change has been rapidly accepted and leaner ways of working have been implemented, without any interruption to our service to stakeholders.Andrew Jackson, Director, Special Cases Directorate
“Berkshire have supported us since 2015 with a) developing specific interventions (e.g. behavioural assessments) which prepare our teams for client facing situations and b) improving our internal capability. Berkshire bring a wealth of experience from both the project execution and behavioural science world which has been invaluable for a Construction and Project Management organisation like ourselves. The greatest benefit is being able to tap into a pool of associates who can tailor and adapt to our needs whether it be coaching, programme design & delivery or general consulting on organisational change. Their flexible and collaborative style of working differs from other firms we have used in the past.” Akin Belo- Organisation Development ManagerAkin Belo- Organisation Development Manager
Our style is that of trusted advisor – we are supportive and provocative. Our intention is to bring out the very best in you and your people.
We believe that most is achieved when participants are encouraged to explore and practise new ways of doing things, whether processes or behaviours, in a realistic and safe environment with the necessary coaching support in place
A vital part of any diagnostic is understanding the organisation’s view of itself and the extent to which it accepts any need to change
Our most successful projects and programmes are those where we work closely with you, our client, in determining your needs, designing the programme and delivering it together
We want the work to be fun as well as challenging, to go beyond usual expectations, break down preconceived limitations and explore different possibilities