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Making Sense of Work with Jean Balfour

How’s Work at the Moment? We all work - and yet we often struggle with work. Even very ambitious people find parts of work difficult. This podcast is for you if you'd like to build a new and better relationships with your working life. We explore everything to do with our working lives, starting with how do we find our purpose, how do make sense of our organisations and what can we do to work in our zone of genius? Do you have topic you'd like me to cover? Send me a note on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Find out more about our  ICF Accredited Coach Training  - www.baileybalfour.com 

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Ep. #82 The Neuroscience of Misery at Work - Part 2
Ever feel like you're just going through the motions at work, weighed down by stress and dissatisfaction? This is part 2 of the neuroscience of misery at work and it’s your invitation to discover how you can turn misery all around. We're not just talking about the everyday gripes of excessive workloads or lackluster recognition; we're diving into the science that shows our brains are directly wired to our work experiences. Join me, Jean Balfour as I share steps you can take you mitigate misery and how you can perform in your most creative and productive zone when you don’t feel like the most.   Resources mentioned in this episode:  View masterclass on-demand on neuroscience of misery at work: hereView video: Choice point by Russel HarrisRead and download our guide: Overcoming Burnout: Leveraging the Power of GlimmersRead and download out guide: 10 Root Causes of Feeling OverwhelmedRead and download out guide: Find your career valuesExperience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
24:57 4/18/24
Ep. #81 The Neuroscience of Misery at Work - Part 1
Ever feel like you're just going through the motions at work, weighed down by stress and dissatisfaction? This episode is your invitation to discover the neuroscience that explains why—and how you can turn it all around. We're not just talking about the everyday gripes of excessive workloads or lackluster recognition; we're diving into the science that shows our brains are directly wired to our work experiences. Join me, Jean Balfour, as we pull back the curtain on common workplace woes and shed light on global studies that reveal the widespread nature of these issues, especially among younger workers and those under financial pressure.Resources mentioned in this epsiode: View masterclass on-demand on neuroscience of misery at work: hereRead and download our guide: Overcoming Burnout: Leveraging the Power of GlimmersRead and download out guide: 10 Root Causes of Feeling OverwhelmedExperience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
25:55 4/4/24
Ep. #80 Breaking into Your Zone of Genius
Today’s episode is inspired by Marianne Williamson and Gay Hendricks. Jean Balfour shares insights and experiences on overcoming self-imposed limitations to embrace our true potential. Join us as we navigate the zones of incompetence, competence, excellence, and ultimately, genius, uncovering how to push ourselves out of our limiting beliefs of what we can't do!Recommended book reading: The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next LevelExperience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
21:05 3/13/24
Ep. #79 Navigating Overwhelm: From Chaos to Clarity
In today’s episode, Jean Balfour shares her own experiences of feeling overwhelmed, and  shares insights on identifying, understanding, and overcoming the chaos that comes with being overwhelmed. From uncovering the root causes to implementing practical strategies, we'll embark on a journey towards reclaiming energy and joy in our daily work. Tune in for tips, stories, and inspiration to navigate the feeling of overwhelm and emerge stronger in your everyday and work life! You can download the guidebook here: https://baileybalfour.com/10-root-causes-of-feeling-overwhelmed/Sign up to Jean's blog here : https://jeanbalfour.substack.com/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
21:45 2/29/24
Ep. #78 Active Listening: The Key to Unlocking Deeper Trust in Relationships
In today’s episode, we explore how being fully present with another person is not just a skill, but a critical gift that fosters genuine connection. Join Jean Balfour as she shares the journey of how we can master this skill, how we can be aware of our own pitfalls and together, we'll uncover practical strategies and insights to enhance our ability to truly hear and understand others.To download our guidebook mentioned in this episode, click here: https://baileybalfour.com/blog-listening-and-presence/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
22:07 2/14/24
Ep. #77 Persisting Through Challenges: Lessons from Netflix's Nyad's Swim
Welcome to  Season 3 on "Making Sense of Work" Today’s episode is drawing inspiration from the impactful Netflix film, "Nyad." The documentary encapsulates the awe-inspiring story of Diana Nyad, who, at the remarkable age of 64, achieved the extraordinary feat of swimming from Cuba to Florida.Jean reflects on Nyad's resilience and tenacity, drawing parallels to personal challenges and contemplating the profound impact of persistence on individual aspirations.Drawing from personal experiences, she shares insights into overcoming low confidence and the enduring efforts required to construct a foundation of self-belief.Acknowledging the merits of persistence, Jean delves into its potential drawbacks, emphasizing the importance of self-care and recognizing when a goal, despite persistent efforts, may come at too high a cost. This sets the stage for a balanced perspective on the journey toward achievement.There are key strategies for embracing persistence, from setting clear and ambitious goals to creating visual representations for motivation. Jean underscores the importance of a robust support system, resilience cultivation, and the fostering of a growth mindset. Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
21:02 1/26/24
Ep. #76 Endings and Beginnings
Picture this: I started the year with a grand plan—a visionary roadmap for my business and a commitment to its growth. Little did I know, the universe had a different script in mind. The first half of the year threw some serious challenges my way. By the year's end, we not only weathered the storm but exceeded our initial expectations. However, let me be real with you—2023 was no walk in the park. In this episode, I talk about how the struggles forced me to dig deep into my own resilience, revoking my goals and accepting redirections. I encourage you to join me in reflecting on your own journey, learning from the past, and stepping into the next year with a sense of wholesomeness. Here's to embracing the uncertainties, finding joy in the unplanned, and growing into the next beautiful chapter of our lives.Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
13:55 12/19/23
Ep. #75 Values: The North Star of Your Career
Have you ever taken a moment to reflect on your career values? It's a practice that often gets overlooked amid the hustle of our daily lives. However, these values serve as the underlying motivation for our actions and reactions, influencing our experiences both professionally and personally. In this podcast, Jean Balfour explores the importance of recognizing and embracing our values, offering practical insights and tools to help you identify and harmonize with them. Download the career values handout here: https://baileybalfour.com/download-our-career-values-handout/You can also read more here: https://baileybalfour.com/values-the-north-star-of-your-career/Follow Jean on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Follow Jean on Instagram: Jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
15:58 11/14/23
#Ep. 74 How to Develop Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand and manage emotions effectively. It is no longer considered a soft skill—it's a critical competency for us all - both individual contributors and leaders. Higher EQ has been shown to improve job performance significantly including higher sales, increased productivity and reduced stress. In this podcast Jean Balfour shares practical strategies to help you:Understand why being emotionally intelligent is critical Learn the 4 components of emotional intelligenceDevelop strategies for building emotional intelligenceDownload Guidebook for strategies to build your self-management skills: https://baileybalfour.com/download-your-guidebook-to-building-self-management-skills/To read blog on emotional intelligence and future of work, read here: https://baileybalfour.com/emotional-intelligence-and-the-future-of-workConnect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
26:28 11/2/23
Ep. #73 Marking Life's Important Milestones
Frequently, significant events like birthdays can indeed lead us to contemplate what we haven't achieved, our past mistakes, and our regrets. And they occasionally pull us into negative thoughts.Today's episode of "Making Sense of Work," is a special one. I discuss how we can leverage significant life milestones as chances for celebration and gratitude, while also acknowledging both the positive and challenging moments that contribute to our legacy.You can also download our free coaching prompters so you can reflect on your life's journey along with me: https://baileybalfour.com/marking-lifes-important-milestones/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
15:38 10/13/23
Ep. #72 Becoming Powerful Influencers at Work
How good are you at influencing others?  In this episode of Making Sense of Work, we'll explore the fundamental principles of influence and why it's essential in various aspects of life, from personal relationships to professional success. We'll discuss a three step strategy and seven ways you can influence effectively. To read the full blog, head over to https://baileybalfour.com/how-to-influence-people-at-work/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
20:39 10/11/23
Ep. #71 Taking Responsibility of our Working Experience
For many years, I've held the belief that we shape our own work situations and experiences.  And by that, I mean the story we tell ourselves or the actions we take. True empowerment comes from assuming personal responsibility, examining our role, and understanding how we contribute to the way we perceive and navigate what's happening around us. In this episode, join me as I share ways we can take responsibility of our working experiences instead of assigning blame to external factors. Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
18:09 10/4/23
Ep. #70 Navigating Difficult Conversations
Navigating difficult conversations can be hard, but when done right, can be powerful and life changing.  In this episode of Making sense of Work, master certified coach Jean Balfour shares with us how to tackle those difficult conversations with a coaching mindset. Learn techniques to offer constructive feedback in an empathetic and thoughtful manner.Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
21:50 9/28/23
Ep. #69 Five Steps to Get Your Next Promotion
Over the years, I've had the privilege of coaching countless individuals on their journey to success, and I've witnessed some incredible transformations. Whether you're eyeing that next big promotion or simply want to level up your career game, here are 5 tips you should consider applying in your role today. Podcast recommendationsEp. #8 Nine Ways to be Politically Savvy at Work Ep. #40 The Gift of Feedback - Even if it Hurts! Ep. #54 Building a Growth Mindset Ep. #63 Making a Bold Career Move with Vanessa TeoConnect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
20:55 9/21/23
Ep. #68 11 Ways to be Happy and Successful at Work
After 30 years of consulting to organisations, developing leaders and coaching - there are a few core beliefs Jean has come to believe about what makes for a happy and successful working life.In this episode she introduces her top 11 ways to think about work to create a fulfilling work life. You can contact Jean via LinkedIn to share the beliefs you hold about how to be happy and successful at work.Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
19:42 9/14/23
Ep. #67 The Authenticity Dilemma
There is so much talk about how we should be authentic at work at the moment. But what if we don’t want to be? And what if being authentic is not the right thing to do?Jean Balfour shares in this podcast how it is important to ‘bring ourselves to work’ - however, sometimes it may be better for us to not share all, to be less vulnerable and to manage our authenticity to match our context. Listen in to learn more about this and how to be contextually authentic. Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
16:27 9/7/23
Ep. #66 Compassionate Leadership - Self Management for Team's Success with Helen Sanderson
What contributes to workplace happiness? How does compassionate leadership enhance team communication and clarity? How can team members proactively give feedback and uphold accountability for our growth and commitments?Tune in to our episode of "Making Sense of Work" featuring Helen Sanderson, a renowned consultant and coach in well-being and self-management as she discusses various approaches leaders can engage to cultivate both high performance and compassionate teams. Meet Helen SandersonHelen is a sought after consultant and coach. She is an AltMBA alumni and coached on the programme in 2016 and 2017 with Seth Godin. Helen is also a Certified Brene Brown Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.  Helen explores self-management in health and car through her practice 'Helen Sanderson Associates' and 'Wellbeing Teams' in the UK. 'Wellbeing Teams' were small, neighbourhood, self-managed teams inspired by Buurtzorg and were the first self-managed teams in social care to be recognised by the Care Quality Commission in the UK and were rated Outstanding in their first inspection in 2019. They were a provider for four years and now support others to learn the practices that they were using in 'Wellbeing Teams.'  Connect with Helen on LinkedIn Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jeanbalfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
44:59 8/17/23
Ep. #65 The Impact of Leaders Who Coach with Amit Ghosh
Each of us is on our path to achieving whatever we want to achieve, Inherently, we yearn for someone who holds unwavering belief in our capabilities.And employees can easily sense if their leader is invested in them. People want to be in a place where their leader believes that they can change, that they can evolve, and that they can grow. Join us for an enlightening episode of "The Impact of Leaders Who Coach" featuring the insights of executive coach Amit Ghosh. Discover the essence of being a coaching-oriented leader and the impact this has on the performance and culture of an organisation. Meet Amit Ghosh Amit is an executive coach and advisor. He works with senior corporate leaders, and founders / CxOs in tech industry. He has 20+ yrs of experience spanning P&L management, strategy, business operations, and business development. Most recently, he was Chief Information & Services Officer for R3, a blockchain software unicorn, and a Board Director at two early-stage technology companies. He is passionate about talent development and believes everyone can transform when they decide to.Book recommendation: The School of Life: An Emotional EducationConnect with Amit on LinkedIn Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jeanbalfour  Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
41:06 8/10/23
Ep. #64 The Highs & Lows of Perfectionism
Ever found yourself being unkind to yourself because of perfectionism? The endless self-criticism and worry and overthinking, tied to perfectionism only waste our precious time and energy. And may stop us from brining our best at work. In this episode, Jean Balfour will be revealing some effective strategies we can embrace to conquer this destructive perfectionistic mindset.Book recommendation: The Gifts Of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You AreConnect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jeanbalfour  Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
20:09 8/3/23
Ep. #63 Making a Bold Career Move with Vanessa Teo
Do you dream of pursuing a completely different career path but fear of taking the leap? Join us this week on "Making Sense of Work" as we sit down with Vanessa Teo, Director of Strategy Planning (Commercial) at AbbVie. Vanessa's journey is a tale of bold career moves, as she transitioned from HR to the commercial side of the industry.  Discover how Vanessa's unique perspective on "stretch seasons" played a crucial role in her personal and professional growth. Don't miss this inspiring episode filled with valuable lessons for anyone considering a daring career change.Meet Vanessa TeoVanessa is a strategic business focused HR leader. She’s passionate about helping organizations make human capital a competitive advantage through developing people to their highest potential. Vanessa has over 20 years of experience spanning the HR and Commercial functions. At AbbVie, Vanessa currently leads Strategy Planning for the Medical Aesthetics function.Since joining AbbVie in 2019, she has held various roles in HR including Director, Talent Management (Intercontinental), Director, Talent Management and Development (JAPAC) and Talent Acquisition (Japan), and HR Director for Singapore (JAPAC HQ and site operations). Vanessa holds an Executive Masters in Change (Organizational Psychology) from INSEAD, and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Book recommendation: The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business Working Identity - Herminia IbarraConnect with Vanessa on LinkedIn Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jeanbalfour  Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
39:55 7/27/23
Ep. #62 Overcoming People Pleasing at Work
Are you a people pleaser? Many people feel that they are better off keeping others happy - but it can have an impact on us in the long run.People pleasers bring big strengths to work - often being people who can bring harmony to situations and being a great team player. But this can often happen at their own expense.In this podcast Jean defines how she sees people pleasing and offers practical strategies for how to become more effective. (listen out for the thunder in the background!)Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
22:17 7/20/23
Ep. #61 Double the Impact: Unleashing the Dual Career Advantage With Ronald Tay
What part of work gives you the most energy and zest for life? From meaningful connections, mentoring students, and the thrill of tackling challenging projects, explore the diverse dimensions of work that fill you with boundless energy.In this episode of Making Sense of Work, be inspired by Ronald Tay, Talent & Diversity Leader and adjunct lecturer at Singapore Management University as he explores the driving force behind passion, enthusiasm, and value found in balancing two career paths. Meet Ronald Tay Ronald is passionate about developing mindsets and skillsets both in the professional field where he until recently served as Head of Leadership at Meta, as well as an educator where he has dedicated over a decade as an adjunct lecturer at Singapore Management University.Ronald’s 20+years of experience in learning and development, leadership and talent management spans across consulting, consumer/retail, financial as well as tech industries. His work has garnered industry recognition awards as well as regular speaking opportunities in conferences. He is a published author of two books "Career Conversations" and "Leadership Conversations" which explore the successes, learning and advice from notable leaders across key diverse industries. Beyond his work life, he derives great value interacting with the Gen-Zs as adjunct professor at the Singapore Management University and is an active career coach/mentorConnect with Ronald on LinkedIn. Book recommendation: The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools: https://www.amazon.sg/Multiplier-Effect-Tapping-Genius-Schools/dp/1452271895Video recommendation: Liz Wiseman: Diminisher vs. Multiplier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxLlgBATjpIConnect with Jean Balfour on LinkedInConnect with Jean on Instagram @jeanbalfour  Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
36:17 7/13/23
Ep. #60 Becoming your Future Self Today
It can be really hard to do today the things that will help us to create our Future Self. In this episode Jean shares recent insights she's had into how we can create our Future Selves and Follow our Bliss today - making it more likely that we will achieve our  goals and dreams of the future. Jean BalfourIG: @jean.balfourLI: @jeanbalfourYour Future Self - Hal Hershfield - https://www.halhershfield.com/yourfutureselfFuture Me - https://www.futureme.org/Atomic Habits - James Clear - https://jamesclear.com/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
21:33 7/6/23
Ep. #59 Helping Boomers and Millennials Work Together with Vivek Iyyani
There are currently five generations in the workplace. How do we make it work? How can we tune into the issues facing organisations and work effectively together?In our latest episode of Making Sense of Work, join Vivek Iyyani, a renowned Millennial Specialist and Keynote Speaker at Millennial Minds as he sheds light on how leaders can harmonise the five diverse generations in today's workplace and unlock the key to effective collaboration. Meet Vivek Iyyani VIVEK IYYANI is a Millennial Specialist and Keynote Speaker at Millennial Minds. He is the Author of the books Empowering Millennials, Engaging Millennials, and The Millennial Leader. He is a regular speaker on inter-generational working and has spoken in organisations like PayPal, Oracle, Brunei Government, www.booking [dot] com, Singapore General Hospital, Johnson and Johnson, DELTA Airlines, and many more. Vivek is known in his industry to speak around the globe at conferences on how to engage Millennials to help them reach their peak potential.He has been featured by the National Population and Talent Division in Singapore under the Prime Minister’s Office to feature in a video of #MySingaporeStory. He has appeared on CNBC, Channel NewsAsia as a guest on the Millennial/Gen Z topic.During the pandemic, he signed a 3-book deal with Penguin Random House, launched two books so far, and is launching his third book this year.Engaging Millennials: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097Q15BRF?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_3KY3G4ZY6FEEM1PJK710The Millennial Leader Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/9814914134?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_Y678MM7JX26BKYBV7V8P Connect with Vivek: linkedin.com/in/millennialexpertasiaConnect with Jean Balfour here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jean.balfour/Book and podcast recommendations: Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection: https://amzn.asia/d/fPZgyHHDeep Questions with Cal Newport: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deep-questions-with-cal-newport/id1515786216Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
41:54 6/29/23
Ep. #58 The Power of Mindfulness and Presence with Helen Williams
To truly change the culture at a workplace, we must embark on an inner journey of self-transformation, and mindfulness. As the saying goes, "If you want to change the world, first change yourself." But how can we cultivate self-kindness, self-compassion, and self-empathetic awareness so that these qualities can radiate toward others?In order for empathy to flow from the top down, it is crucial to equip leaders with the tools of mindfulness and self-awareness. By guiding leaders to understand the depths of their own hearts, they can effectively embody the qualities they wish to see in others.Join Helen Williams, mindfulness coach, Emirates Woman, Woman of the Year, and  50 Most Inspirational Women of the UAE as she shares the power of cultivating mindfulness and presence from within. Jean and Helen discuss: What if the word “Stress" ceased to exist in our vocabulary? How does mindfulness help us in our working lives?How can leaders bring mindfulness into the workplace?Different types of mindfulness that help with stillness Meet Helen Williams Helen Williams is a New Zealander with a lifetime’s experience in personal and self-development, spiritual direction and in training people from all walks of life in her chosen field of Mindfulness and Meditation. Helen was awarded Emirates Woman, Woman of the Year for her visionary work in the field of personal development in 2014 and in 2017 was honoured as one of the 50 Most Inspirational Women of the UAE by Stylist Arabia as well as one of Arabian Business’s 100 Most Influential People in Dubai.Book recommendation:A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose : https://www.amazon.sg/New-Earth-Awakening-Lifes-Purpose/dp/0452289963The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself: https://www.amazon.sg/Untethered-Soul-Journey-Beyond-Yourself/dp/1572245379 Connect with Helen Williams here: https://www.instagram.com/helenwilliamsmindfulme/?hl=en Connect with Jean Balfour here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jean.balfour/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
45:57 6/19/23
Ep. #57 Creating a Coaching Culture with Lipika Subbiah
Don't miss the newest episode of Making Sense of Work, featuring Lipika Subbiah, Global Coaching Enablement Lead at LinkedIn's Center of Excellence and a certified ICF coach. She provides valuable insights into the transformative effects of building a coaching culture from the ground up. Jean and Lipika discuss: The impact of coaching culture within LinkedIn How current research shows the impact of a coaching culture on revenue growth and employee engagement and is it even measurable The connection between belonging and inclusion within a coaching culture, as coaching behaviors inherently promote inclusivity and empathy.Meet Lipika SubbiahLipika Subbiah is a Global Coaching Enablement Lead at the Center of Excellence at LinkedIn. She has spent over 18 years in sales in different roles and sectors including 4 years in sales enablement. She is an ICF-certified coach and a PROSCI-certified change practitioner. Lipika has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America, and is now based out Singapore where she lives with her husband, two teenage children, and dog. When she’s not at work, she’s out in nature, hiking, or with her nose in a book.Book recommendation:Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle: https://www.amazon.sg/Burnout-Secret-Unlocking-Stress-Cycle/dp/1984818325Connect with Lipika Subbiah here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lipikasubbiah/Connect with Jean Balfour here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jean.balfour/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
40:09 6/10/23
Ep. #56 Welcoming Emotions at Work
Have you ever struggled with your emotions at work?In our uber analytical organisations welcoming emotions can feel very risky. The challenge is that for all of us emotions are a normal part of our lived experience - including our working experience.In this episode Jean provides perspectives on how to welcome our emotions and see them as a valuable tool. Susan David  - https://www.susandavid.com/Brene Brown - https://brenebrown.com/book/atlas-of-the-heart/Feelings Wheel - https://feelingswheel.com/Amanda Blake - Your Body is your Brain - https://embright.org/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
22:00 6/6/23
Ep. #55 Parental Coaching: Nurturing Children Towards Success
We have a unique opportunity to coach and mentor our children toward success, happiness, and personal growth. Tune in to the latest episode of Making Sense of Work as Chris Avis, Educational Psychologist and Faculty member of Bailey Balfour delve into techniques, and insights that can empower you to become an effective parental coach. Meet Chris AvisChris studied psychology at Bristol University and decided during this course to train as an educational psychologist (EP). Over the last 35 years she has worked as an EP in 6 different local authorities and have held a number of management roles. Chris trains as a coach with Coaching Development in 2009 as this approach fitted with the way in which she likes to work with people and help them to develop themselves. Book recommendation: The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Coaching-Jenny-Bird/dp/113889186XConnect with Chris here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-avis-386760b/ Connect with Jean Balfour here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jean.balfour/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
24:10 5/29/23
Ep. #54 Building a Growth Mindset
What is your approach to learning something new? Are you able to adopt a growth mindset and approach it with excitement and opportunity?Or do you see it as a challenge which feels too difficult?In the latest episode of Making Sense of Work, Jean shares the idea behind a Growth Mindset and how to build one. Book recommendation: Mindset - Carol Dweckhttps://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psychology-Carol-S-Dweck-ebook/dp/B000FCKPHG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1684721638&sr=8-1Connect with Jean Balfour here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jean.balfour/Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
22:24 5/22/23
Ep. #53 Guiding Your Team Through Change with Uen-Li Chia 
How do we navigate change in a way that's good for people? Tune in to the latest episode of Making Sense of Work as Uen-Li, Downstream Chief of Staff at Shell, reveals creative approaches for coping with uncertainty within large organisations. Jean and Uen-Li discuss: Strategies for leading through changeThe intersection of creativity and working in an engineering companyGaining global recognition while prioritising motherhoodMeet Uen-LiUen-Li, currently Head, Downstream Ultimate Potential and Business Advisor to Downstream Director, is a Downstream veteran, having worked across functions such as Operations, Pricing, Sales, Strategy, M&A, Procurement and Supply Chain within the Fuels and Lubricants businesses in Shell since 2002. She thrives in making sense of a messy world and is now hard at work driving Shell’s Downstream Business to achieve its Ultimate Potential. It is an exciting transformation journey that requires us to know our North Star whilst steadily closing our knowing-doing gap, using digital, data and leadership discipline.Externally, she is a faculty associated with LinHart Group for the Leadership Influence curriculum at NUS Business School and Nanyang Technological University, and the Leadership Influence for Early Executives program. Most recently she is Senior Advisor to NUS Business School’s Enterprise Leadership for Transformation program, coaching and mentoring a group of Small and Medium Enterprises on their growth and reinvention plans.Book recommendation: Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling: https://www.amazon.com/Storyworthy-Engage-Persuade-through-Storytelling/dp/1608685489 Connect with Uen-Li Chia here: linkedin.com/in/uen-li-chia-59a254 Instagram: @uenlinotesExperience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introductionSign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/
41:35 5/14/23

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