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Coachable Competence: The Pause Before the Pivot
Best Practices Linda Clark Oct 08, 2020
We know we need feedback. It is an integral part of our creativity and innovation. We thrive when we continue to grow and implement positive change. We know this, and yet in conversation after conversation, we discover that each of us has experienced the heart-racing moment where feedback and fear become synonymous, and we lose sight of choice. Mythology we perpetuate and drive fear of feedback includes these hits: • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger • No pain, no gain. • It’s not personal, it’s just business. This session considers feedback and the sense of apprehension and tension that surrounds the conversation from all sides of feedback and the opportunity, the moment we “GET TO” create change, improve, and grow. The first moment when we receive feedback is an opportunity for mindfulness and a choice to pivot towards action. The challenge we face in that moment can include conflicting messages, emotional responses, a visit from impostor syndrome, and the whispered voices of failures past. In that moment, how do we find our stillness, revive our courage, and make the powerful pivot to our response of choice? We’ll focus specifically on 4-stop framework after the feedback discussion where change happens. CORE creates actionable change, drives accountability, includes personal agency and empowerment, and celebrates the positive potential of change, even in challenging performance conditions. We’ll talk about a positive focus on your strengths to move forward, mindfulness as an active practice for habits, acceptance and grace for your humanity, and even lessening the fear of failure. CORE gives you the skill of coachability. The demonstration of resilience. Accountability as an intentional practice. You are enough to create great change. Let’s take what you’ve learned, look at where you want to go, and craft a path that celebrates your talent and imagination.
Presenter Linda Clark
About Linda Clark
A performance strategist with a finger on the pulse of the challenging conversations teams and individuals face around the language of leadership, Linda focuses on values-driven performance, active feedback, and outcomes. In demand as a keynote and workshop speaker, her humorous storytelling encourages participation and inclusivity in audiences ranging from undergraduates to C-Suite executives and Boards. She combines deep experience in human resources, with a passionate approach to service to deliver thoughtful programs that center exploration, adventure, vibrancy, and challenge as a path to success. She’s an adjunct leadership professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a recognized HR industry leader holding positions on the OKHR State Council and Oklahoma Metro Employers’ Council. Her certifications include SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. A self-described performance locksmith, she helps organizations, teams and individuals liberate curiosity and confidence on the path to innovation and creativity.
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