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How can Jester help you?

Watch our short video on what we start with when we help leaders, or if you prefer reading, the transcript is below.

We will always start with helping people to understand who they are.

What is going on inside you? What's important to you? What do you believe in? What are your drivers?

What are the fires in your belly that make you want to act that motivate you, that give you purpose?

So we’ve got to understand all of this before we do anything else and then we’re going to help you deconstruct yourself really and take yourself apart, one part by one part and understand what you have.
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Four things brilliant leaders do to maximise employee happiness

Last week was International Happiness at Work week and social media feeds were bursting with good news stories, hashtags galore and plenty of companies letting others know what they’re doing right. 

We’re always up for celebrating the good stuff but as we glide into another week (with a new ‘day of / week of’ hashtag having its moment in the sun) what happens to happiness at work when the spotlight moves off it?

 

What’s happiness got to do with leadership?

If you’re working, you’re either leading, being led or often with a foot in both camps. So we’re asking how happy do you feel in your leadership role? How happy do you think the other leaders around you feel?

We come across so many leaders who might look happy on the outside but inside they’re really struggling with imposter syndrome, insecurity and unhappiness in their leadership role. But if no one’s told you about creating happiness for yourself as a leader, let alone others, well where do you start? 

When we talk about leaders feeling happy we don’t mean a permanent nirvana-like bliss. We mean leaders who feel comfortable in their own skin, confident in who they are and capable in their leadership role. It’s only when this happens that leaders are able to create the conditions for their people to feel the same way. This is what Lead Happy™ is all about. 

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The 6 step Lead Happy™ formula

Watch our short video on the 6 steps that help leaders to lead confidently and happy, or if you prefer reading, the transcript is below.

 

Number 1
Smashing apart the leadership myth: Helping people to think about leadership in a completely new way

 

Number 2
Who you are:
Who you are and how that determines the way you lead

 

Number 3
Who are they: Understanding our fellow humans

 

Number 4
Humanship: Focusing on our inner similarities as humans over our outer differences like role, identity or title

 

Number 5
Connection: The art of connection We are all born wired for connection and it’s an essential part of brilliant leadership

 

Number 6
Jestology: Bringing story-sharing, facilitation and fun to how you lead

 

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Eight ways to be a brilliant leader in a hybrid working world

Whether we lead an organisation, a team, a project or a specific activity, the pandemic has thrown us a fair few curveballs during the last 18 months. We’ve relocated (overnight), juggled more balls than ever, Zoom Zoom Zoomed (!) and adapted and pivoted.

As more and more teams head back into the office and enter into a hybrid working world, how do leaders get their heads straight about what happens next? 

With so many of our ways to communicate, connect and collaborate seemingly turned upside down during the pandemic and many questions around what exactly should happen now, there’s still a lot of talk about the need for a total re-think on how we lead as the world of hybrid takes hold.

However, when we look at the leaders (in all walks of life) who have done a brilliant job throughout the last 18 months, they haven’t actually changed their leadership approach at all, regardless of where they have been working from. Granted, their leadership might have been delivered slightly differently but it’s remained entirely focused on the age-old principles of leading others that are also bang up to date and that we can’t see changing anytime soon.

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Video: Leading through the ups and downs of life

Watch our three-minute video on leading through the ups and downs of life, or if you prefer reading, the transcript is below.

Today I want to talk a bit about the ups and downs of life, and what all that’s got to do with leadership.

Six months ago, both of my children were diagnosed with autism and a range of other special needs. And around the same time, my wonderful, wonderful Father-in-law passed away with Covid. Fast forward six months and we’ve relaunched the Jester business. We’ve also had news that my youngest son has been offered a place at a phenomenal specialist school, which we’ve been hoping for for a long time. Read more


Can leaders be happy?

What is Happiness?

Some say that a personal decision to be happy is all it takes.  Others require themselves to achieve things in order to reach a state of happiness.  In a world quick to pedal short-termism and acquisition as fulfilment, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees sometimes and before you know it, losing your footing in a tide of melancholia and feeling there is just no real way to be happy, becomes all too real for many people.

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