ACTION FOR HAPPINESS course – Swindon, September to November 2017

AFHBooking is now open: Book now

The Action for Happiness course (“Exploring What Matters“) is a unique and inspiring 8-week course to explore what matters for a happy and meaningful life.

The course is based on the latest scientific evidence and is intended for people of all backgrounds, particularly those who would like to see a more positive and caring society.

Each session has a theme, based on a ‘big question’, such as: What really matters in life?  What actually makes us happy? How should we treat others?

Each weekly session lasts for 2 hours. Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive, including:

Tuning in: simple activities that are great for wellbeing (e.g. mindfulness exercise)

Expert view: an inspiring 15-minute TED-style video/talk from a leading expert (including Richard Layard, Ed Diener, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Karen Armstrong, Brene Brown, Shawn Achor)

Personal view: a chance for people to reflect on their own experiences

Did you know?: fascinating and surprising research findings relating to the theme

Group discussion: sharing ideas in groups and listening to each other’s perspectives

Action ideas: everybody comes away with an action they hope to take as a result

The course content has been developed and tested by Action for Happiness, but the course itself is run by local volunteers who believe in our aims and have some relevant experience.

Course value

The course is run by volunteers and valued at £90 (£10 per session and £10 for the course book). Every participant is asked to make a donation to sign up for the course, which helps to cover the venue hire and provision of materials.

The recommended donation is £90 but if people are unable to afford this they can make a donation of their choice instead. Some people choose to donate more than the recommended amount, to help to cover the costs for those who cannot afford to give so much.

 Who is behind the course?

The course has been developed by Action for Happiness, whose co-founders are Prof Richard Layard, Sir Anthony Seldon and Geoff Mulgan. Key members of the team include Vanessa King and Dr Mark Williamson. It is backed by the Dalai Lama, who is the patron of Action for Happiness.

The course starts on 14 September for 8 weeks, Thursday evenings from 7-9pm.
Booking is now open: Book now
For questions about this particular course please contact the volunteers who are running it: Peter Mayes peter@petermayes.co.ukAFH

When does innovative leadership start?

September 2015 newsletter

Innovative leadership for everyone?
When does innovative leadership start? Firstly let’s explore what it is. Having googled it a bit, asked a few leaders and experts and generally had a look around about what’s out there, what have I discovered so far?

Innovation leadership is a philosophy (thinking) and technique (acting) that combines different leadership styles to influence (leaders and followers) employees to produce creative ideas, products, and services. This leads to greater adaptability, agility and strategies for the future as well as for the now.

So where does it come from?
Having the right climate (culture, context)
Having the right drive, push / pull
Having the right people
Having some time to reflect and think.
Some of the major theories applied to innovative leadership
Innovation leadership has roots in path-goal theory and leader-member exchange theory. Wolfe (1994), Sarros, Cooper, & Santora, (2008) realized that organizational culture is crucial for success.

So, let’s focus on the practice and how to do it.
Encourage creativity
Protect the mavericks
Allow for dissent
Nurture it
Have patience and drive
Small chunks
Giant leaps

What holds it back?
Leaders being in charge; old command style
Leaders being autocratic
Leaders being obsessed with numbers
Leaders only wanting success for themselves; the self interest is the only interest syndrome

Okay, so what makes it work?
Leaders who have a long term perspective
Having the courage to fail and learn from it
Leaders who work with the team
Leaders who motivate through coaching and mentoring
Leaders who are emotionally intelligent
Leaders wanting everyone to succeed
Leaders who have a passion for innovation
Leaders who innovate with their head (thinking) heart (feelings) and hands (actions)

Innovative leaders are able to both supply the vision and create the plan that takes the organization forward. Sometimes it’s the organization itself that is the greatest barrier to innovative thinking and acting.

From the CBI publication Excellence in Service Innovation, Fujitsu moved from technological solutions to a business based outcomes orgnaisation. The company strategy and culture focused on looking at future trends to reduce costs, including its customers in its innovation quest.

Organisations have taken very different approaches to innovation. Microsoft and Google have taken an in-house approach led from within (8 Pillars of Innovation), while My Space and You Tube (prior to its takeover) had a community driven approach.

“The best organizations understand design and do not see innovation as something happening in a laboratory on its own” Joe Heapy, Co Founder and Director of Engine.

The thinking skills for innovation are much more about the abstract, multi-screen breakthrough, diversity and the ultimate goal thinking, as outlined by Valeri Souchkov in her book “Power thinking for innovative leadership.”

So, if this collection of thoughts and observations has sparked your interest get in touch or come along to the Innovative Leadership Mind-set session in Bristol on the 28th October to gain and share some insights and discover how to release innovation in you.I am attending with some of my colleagues from Smart Coaching and Training Ltd

EVENT
The Innovative Mind-set
Smart Coaching and Training Ltd. – Ross Nichols

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Bristol

Smart Coaching & Training Ltd excel at providing bespoke business support, coaching, training, mentoring and consultancy services and resources to business leaders, entrepreneurs, organisations and individuals looking to grow and transform.  Business leaders we have supported have transformed their enterprises, grasped opportunities, identified success elements, developed an innovative mindset and achieved momentum in their business growth.

I hope this newsletter has provoked some thought. For those who want to be provoked further, I am very happy to help you along the way. Feel free to contact on 01793 882058 or via peter@petermayes.co.uk

The Artist and The Engineer new event 10th March

“Some more moments that take your breath away”

Harmonising the Artist and Engineer in ourselves and our coaching”

Coaching Authentically In the 21st Century

Core philosophy
To discover fresh insights, approaches and scope of coaching, so that your practice
To boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Explore ways in which we identify with certain creative or process orientated approaches and how we then choose to either use or avoid them and how they can build our authentic coaching.

Full details coming soon!HiRes

Future leaders and JCI

Giving aspiring leaders in organisations the opportunity to lead is not always easy, time demands, the day job and many other factors sometimes get in the way.

Recently I was asked by an aspiring leader, Faisal Mooraby,  to help him start up a group that would be a focal point for community projects and provide leadership opportunities. He told me he is doing this as part of the JCI which at that time I must admit I did not know of.

JCI is a unique volunteer network for people in their 20s and 30s.  Run by its own members, the organisation exists in more than 100 countries.  Many of those who have ‘graduated’ from JCI have become great leaders, outstanding professionals and successful entrepreneurs.

Faisal then explained how it works and what he would like to set up in Swindon; what really impressed me what his sheer enthusiasm and drive to start this up from scratch –  always a very difficult thing to do.

Within  two months he had organized and carried out a taster evening. So on a very cold January evening 35 people came together to sample what JCI had to offer.

I was delighted to run a taster on leadership as part of the evening, posing some questions and getting them to look at their themselves as leaders.FCI launch 3The evening was a great success with many positive comments and contributions, so well done to Faisal and every success to JCI.

I also received some appreciation for the introduction to leadership so thanks to Graeme.

“I thoroughly enjoyed Peter’s presentation which he kindly tailored to dovetail in with that which you gave on JCI as part of its launch event.

His short presentation was packed with content, thought provoking quotes and key phrases. Peter presented in a distinctive, refreshing way that appeared to grab the audience’s attention from the off. It was impressive that so much could be delivered in so short a time and would certainly encourage anyone to want to hear more. It was however, Peter’s willingness and ability to create synergy with the objectives of the evening and to support you which has really stayed with me as an abiding memory.” When we get to future launches, Peter would be an excellent man to have along as this sort of presentation wonderfully showcases in a short time both what he and JCI can put on and would be an excellent taster to make more people want to take on his coaching and JCI membership. Regards Graeme Hobbs JCI Elder

FCI launch 1JCI website.

A phrase to change your mood!

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“Life is not about the amount of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away”

I have always been affected by this sentence, because it is those moments that we remember and and that we take with us. It suggests that quality is important over quantity that our lives can be defined by what we leave behind, by what we give away and by what we will stand for.

For me it also suggests you can always be surprised, moved and changed in a moment. A child’s first step, a great exam success, a sunset, a flowing river, a fear overcome and a life enjoyed by living.

To quote Nick Kemp “you are only a thought away from feeling differently”

We have the ability to be endlessly creative and harness our whole thinking sometimes what we need is a moment

HiResThe Artist and The Engineer, creating moments that take your breath away

To build your moments watch out for more news themes and events

 

So what’s this about? The Artist and The Engineer

Often we start out from a place which is our history only to realise its now about where we have never been before.

The future our future is becoming complex and ever simple.

So to be agile and adaptable, authentic and awesome, diverging and converging experience some paths from exemplars

So come along to a one day event for coaches and developers Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The Artist & The Engineer

Harmonising the Artist and Engineer in ourselves and our coaching”

Coaching Authentically In the 21st Century

Core philosophy
To discover fresh insights, approaches and scope of coaching, so that your practice
To boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Explore ways in which we identify with certain creative or process orientated approaches and how we then choose to either use or avoid them and how they can build our authentic coaching.

Learning approach
Through this discovery process you will learn the meaning and scope of creativity using a range of experiential approaches and reflection on our own learning and what helps and hinders us. The way process can set us free and enable our thinking and actions.
Interactive, discussive, reflection and focused on action.

Significant learning activities
• The meaning and scope of creativity
• The meaning and scope of process
• How these are applied through our own converging and diverging behaviours and tendencies
• How models from other disciplines can add to your overall approach
• How integration of the two metaphors creates a balanced and authentic approach that exposes the real you when you are coaching and increases the benefits option and capacity for growth for your clients
• By being the coach you are can expand your abilities, confidence and practice.

Gaining the greatest momentum by:
• Being open
• Having fun
• Joining in
• Questioning what’s gone before
• Asking ‘what next?’

How to book?   Through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-artist-the-engineer-tickets-5297583214

Investment £162.00p including all refreshments, lunch and materials

Where’s it at?
The Venue details are: The Ship Inn Alveston BS35 3LL
http://www.theship-inn.co.uk
Contact Jenn on 07772267004 Or Contact Peter on 0793 334 4707

 

The Artist and the Engineer converging and diverging?

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Often opposites can make a whole

Often what we think is different comes from the same place

Odifferent disciplines can add to the completeness of a coach

A one day event for coaches and developers Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The Artist & The Engineer

“Harmonising the Artist and Engineer in ourselves and our coaching”

Coaching Authentically In the 21st Century

What does this programme do?
Discover fresh insights, approaches and scope of coaching, so that your practice becomes more authentic and expansive using the artist and engineer metaphors in developing your mastery.

“To boldly go where no one has gone before”

Explore your practice by
• Bringing the whole of you to your coaching
• Finding courage and using your intuition, creativity and common sense to choose how to work with your clients in any given moment
• Practical ways of self developing your coaching so that the authentic and inspirational you comes to the fore and creates a sense of easy and doing it easily
• Visioning the pictures of insightful knowledge in your core being
• Hearing the sounds that are the theme of your life and work

Brought to you by an actual artist and engineer who through their very different approaches have converged to bring about fresh insights into what coaches can do and be

The Artist Jenn Gash
Starting life in Human Resources, Jenn re-trained as an Occupational Therapist. Her interest in positive psychology and therapeutic relationships led her to train as a coach in 2005. Her passion for creativity led her to specialise in creativity coaching
www.craftyourlife.co.uk

The Engineer Peter Mayes
Starting life in construction and then engineering firms as a designer then work study engineer Peter progressed into specialist roles for multinationals in Human Resource Development before becoming a consultant and trainer in leadership development
www.petermayes.co.uk

How to book?
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-artist-the-engineer-tickets-5297583214

Investment £162.00p including all refreshments, lunch and materials

Where’s it at?
The Venue details are: The Ship Inn Alveston BS35 3LL
http://www.theship-inn.co.uk
Further location details on eventbrite

Contact Jenn on 07772267004 Or Contact Peter on 0793 334 4707