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MICHAEL MAYNARD has led courses internationally, specialising in leadership, teams and communication. He co-founded Maynard Leigh in 1989 with Andrew Leigh and a team of talented consultants. After gaining a degree in Sociology he became a professional actor, writer and presenter for nearly 20 years. Since then, he has worked with thousands of people, to improve their personal effectiveness and communication skills. Together with Andrew Leigh he has written several books. He presents at conferences all over the world, on Teams, Leadership, Creativity and Innovation, Unlocking Potential, Social Intelligence, Communication and Sales Motivation.
Co-founder Maynard Leigh Associates
6th Oct 2020
The women-only programmes we've run have always been universally appreciated.
Blokes like me need to get out of the way - except to encourage them to happen. :)
6th Oct 2020
Great 'call to arms' Chris.
Having been so committed to experiential learning over the years, we've been reluctant to embrace online learning, and were only slowly moving in that direction with some blended solutions. However, Cv19 had pushed us headling into it and, surprise surprise, we're finding some excellent results. Participants' needs have changed.
And I wholeheartedly agree that the whole approach to developing people in this new world requires radical solutions. A call for creativity if ever there was.
23rd Aug 2020
Thanks Chris. A timely reminder to be factfully cautious (thanks Hans Rosling).
I'm a little persuaded, however, not to throw Left/Right Brain totally out with the bathwater, on reading Iain McGilchrist "The Master and his Emissary".
But totally agree we need to be very careful about how we quote and use this new scientific frontier.
8th Apr 2020
Thanks Rachel for highlighting a really important dimension of the coaching dynamic. As you say, being aware of our own thoughts and feeling are valuable information about what's going on with our clients. It's a subtle dance, however. And I've found my own therapeutic journey helpful to my executive coaching. It's hard to work on stuff with clients when you've not done the work yourself.
Good practical piece.
23rd Jul 2019
Nice piece Claire. And you raise such an important area. It's time we focused on more of our other intelligences, rather than just IQ and EQ. I really like what you have to say, but I was only a little surprised that you didn't feature more about the importance of rehearsal. As you know as an ex-dancer and I know as an ex-actor, rehearsing new behaviours is vital in embedding learning. So, workshops are spaces for acclerated learning because they provide people with a safe space to practise. Of course, they are releasing and balancing the chemicals you highlight, but even without knowing the science, participants can use their physical intelligence to discover new leadership and communication styles and integrate them into their future behaviour. Sustainable change through PI.
20th Mar 2019
Thanks for this thoughtful and informative piece Niall. Having started our company 30 years ago, there's a lot that you say that resonates with my own experience. I like the balance between being open to new ideas and techniques and balancing that with some wisdom around faddism.
Yours, a fellow-traveler and seeker.
14th Jan 2019
Really good piece Drew - thanks. Couldn't agree more. Apart from psychology and psychotherapy, there is one other profession that explores emotional intelligence in a deep and practical way. Acting.
Why theatre-based, experiential learning is so powerful in this area is because actors exercise emotional understanding (getting inside a character) and emotional expression (varying their range) in a way that others do not. It's why behavioural change in EI is achieved much quicker than other approaches. Providing an environment where people can rehearse emotional expression makes a huge difference.
Thanks again for an important contribution to this area of work.
9th Feb 2018
Useful reminders - thanks.
And I do think the ability to learn effectively is a great leadership quality.
18th Jul 2017
Thanks. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. To answer your very astute question - I didn't like the way the workshop was being run, I felt time (precious) was being wasted, I felt disempowered, and I got out of bed the wrong side that morning and was probably just being arsey!
15th Jun 2017
Glad you found the article useful. And thanks for sharing the added wisdom.