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Transforming Teen Talent Through Trust! Talent Dynamics for Young People

By Teejay Dowe – Talent Dynamics for Young People

It was astounding and inspiring to see so many business people who attended this year’s Trust Conference attend a break out session about ‘Transforming Teen Talent Through Trust’.

Perhaps it’s because so many businesses find it perplexing to employ young people, or they have hired young people and been disappointed, or struggled to trust young people to do a good job or even the right job.

As we all know the cost of poor employment decisions is massive both in terms of finances and morale.  Businesses have lost trust in a young work force.

A Challenge of Self Trust

The biggest challenge that young people face today is that they have low self-confidence and cannot see their worth to an employer or, they have so many options and opportunities that they have no clear vision and are confused about the jobs or careers that would suit them best.

The “hidden talent” remains hidden because our young people are never taught what their natural gifts and talents are and why they are so crucial to a fulfilled life.

They are often made wrong for spending time on what they love to do and told they must spend more time on what they find difficult and whilst this is valuable to a certain degree it becomes counter productive as their confidence takes a huge knock, they question their self-worth and they struggle to know who they are and what direction they should take.

And so, their talent stays hidden from the young people themselves and their prospective employers.  Ask them what they want to do, what job would they love to do they’re like…

“I dunno!”

And we continue to judge ability purely on academic achievements, force young people to stay in education till at least 18 to get more qualifications. Some still have no clue what they want to do and continue to university, sent off by proud parents wanting the best for them, dreaming of how proud they’ll be when their son/daughter graduates.

That young person is also dreaming of what it will be like when they graduate, and then they graduate and the reality most often is £55k debt, still not sure what they want to do  and few jobs to go to anyway.

Young people have lost their trust in academia, adults, employers and their ability to get work.

A Loss of Trust

A poll for LinkedIn questioned 200 Graduates questioned about their experiences after university and discovered that:

65% of graduates are not prepared for the world of work, March 2014

635 senior managers and 52% employers said ‘none’ or ‘few’ graduate recruits were prepared for the working world when starting their first job, YouGov Survey, September 2013

When Trust has been lost on both sides we need to address it on both sides and Talent Dynamics for Young People is a vehicle that does just that.

It starts with stopping! Let’s stop criticising our young people for not being ready for work when actually we never taught them those skills. Let’s start taking collaborative action to ensure young people learn about their strengths and talents, where they will shine as an individual, where they best contribute to a team, who they are as a leader, how to communicate more effectively with themselves and others.

And, start with businesses recruiting young people for their natural energy and talent rather than recruiting for the elusive all-rounders. We are bringing together young people, teachers, parents, apprenticeship providers and businesses  to better work together and understand each other through Talent Dynamics for Young People to build a trusted way forward for tomorrows employees, employers, business leaders,  and entrepreneurs.

It started with me and it continues through YOU!


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Whats new

So this month I got to hang out with one of my all time hero’s… Humanitarian Sir Bob Geldof, was the keynote speaker at our Trust Conference on September 11th in London. During his keynote, you could of literally heard a pin drop! It was spell binding. From how he built Trust in the 90’s through to Live Aid and on to the modern world, with the social and economic importance of Trust.

If you didn’t make it to the conference, either online or in person, for a limited time only and only for the first 50 people who register to download here, we have a special offer to access all of the keynote recordings from the day reduced from £149 to just £29 but this will only be for the first 50 to register.

Click here to access a full set of keynote recordings from the Trust Conference for just £29

 

Have a great month ahead

Michelle

PS. If you are a leader of The Trust Movement, why not apply for the Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Awards 2014! These awards are run by our good friends at Trust Across America.

Click here to nominate someone you feel should be recognised for one of these awards.


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DT’s Tower: Applying Trust

Well, it came and it went.  The Trust Conference.  As it did last year.  And although it is now disappearing on the horizon of a new month something, once again, stuck with me.

Actually 2 things stuck with me.  I’m going to be using myself as an example of how I myself have applied trust.

1. Trust starts with yourself

One theme that ran through each of the speakers presentations was that trust needs to start with you.  As a person.  How can others trust you if you are a bit shaky on what you trust yourself with?

So how do you work out where you are most trusted? As I see it, it comes in two strands.  Self-reflection and opening yourself up to others.  The first part, self-reflection can be a little tricky as we can all rationalise away problems and build ourselves up.  This is where a profile test can come in.  It can objectively assess where your personality provides strengths and challenges.

I am a Lord profile.  The strengths of my personality are in details and certainty (and personally in a general pleasure in spreadsheets and flowcharts).  I am challenged when I have to deal with people and variety (not a natural multi-tasker by any means).  This means that on paper I can be trusted with spotting errors and asking awkward questions that bring things into focus.  I can lose trust quickly if I am always in front of people and dealing with too many things at once.

The second part is even trickier as our defences go up when we ask the opinion of others.  The phrase “Yes, but…” can sometimes be heard.  I find concentrating on understanding the points and applying them to yourself before jumping to your own defence works well.  Especially if you are asking people you trust!

Asking others confirms my profile with a few surprises.  Although I have a tendency to focus (some might say obsess) on the detail I have a reputation of getting things done.  You could say I am trusted to finish.  Despite my challenges with people, people consider me to be quite diplomatic.  I can be trusted to take on multiple points of view and deal with things fairly.  I also have a tendency of phrasing things in just the right way (all in the detail) to not put people’s noses out of joint.

2. Trust builds when you offer it

The second point is that if you don’t offer trust, you cannot build trust.  Very often we can get stuck in a cycle of not trusting.

“I don’t trust them, so I won’t let them do something just in case they fail”

This leads to team members not being given the opportunity to do something they might excel at.  Stephen MR Covey’s point here is that you shouldn’t blindly trust everyone but that you should be smart about the trust you give.  Start with the small things (or the detail 🙂 ) and let trust build.  If the small things are delivered and the trust is developing, go a little bigger or wider.  Get other people’s opinions as yours might be biased in some way.

We’ve recently restructured in our business and I’ve had to offer trust to others.  I have a tendency to be controlling so this has been hard for me.

I didn’t blindly just toss people a load of work with a half-arsed ‘I trust you’.

What I did was consider the benefits of the trust I was offering:

  1. Allowing me to focus more on the things that needed to be done.
  2. Providing others with opportunities to develop.
  3. Attempting to align what needed to be done with what has been done in the past or my view point on which responsibilities people might thrive with.
  4. Getting the view point of others.
  5. Understanding that with trust comes a responsibility to support.

My understanding of my own area of trust (my profile and the opinion of others) and the understanding of where I already trust people has been a great help.

I can easily provide a structure to allow people space to use their own initiative but also provide them boundaries which they can understand and help them to focus.  I can help people with problems or issues that they are struggling with by providing an objective viewpoint that weighs the pros and cons (possibly on a flowchart!).

This is how I am starting to apply trust after this year’s Trust Conference.  The interesting thing to note is that the above two points were already under way before the Conference but by examining actions and outcomes through the lens of trust I am able to not only further justify the things that are working, as the trust builds, but I am also able to examine why certain things are not working and use trust to explore ways of improving results.

What did you takeaway from this year’s Trust Conference?  How are you applying them?


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Nicci’s Call: Trusted Sales at the Trust Conference

By Nicola Bonfanti – Talent Dynamics for Sales

“Trust” and “selling” are not always concepts that go hand in hand in people’s minds. For that reason I was gratified that my talk “Trusted Sales: People to People Selling” at the recent Trust Conference was packed out.

Also, nearly everyone in the room gave me their contact details to get the free report I had prepared for the event. Anyone who has done a talk or an exhibition stand will know how difficult it is these days for people to give up their contact details.

For the past year I have been researching the ways the 8 Talent Dynamics profiles have success in sales, have blocks in selling and therefore how I can help them be more successful.  I’ve shared some of this in my blogs here along the way.

Based on this, here is the 3 step plan to win better business that I shared with the room on 11th September.

1. Establish the Sales Dynamics profiles of your sales team (or at least yourself)

I have looked at many sales cycles adopted by different companies and found the common activities and sales skills match the 8 Talent Dynamics profiles (See above).  As a result, the  Talent Dynamic for Sales Reports (available later this year) show the strengths and challenges of each profile as a sales person, their best role in the Sales Cycle and the value they give to the sales team and the client.

Knowing your own Sales Profile gives you confidence and insights into how you can add value to the client as a salesperson.

For example, a Trader is great at resolving problems, at giving excellent customer service so is well suited to incoming inquiries and complaints that other profiles with less patience would not handle well.

Whereas a Creator sales person is best with new clients, spotting opportunities and helping the client come up with new joint ideas for growing their business, that others hadn’t thought of before.

2. Place the sales team members in the role they are best suited to within the sales cycle

A sales team full of Stars will generate a lot of interest but may leave sales on the table through lack of follow up, for example.

Some salespeople may be pretending to be a Star as feel that is a “typical” attribute of a salesperson when in fact their true Accumulator profile is just what the team needs to do the planning, research and put together competitive tenders. So once the Sales team has completed their profiles, we can help them fulfil their potential by placing them in the right role for them in the sales team.

3. Focus on your clients

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the most important thing in trusted selling is to put the client first.   Imagine the power of Talent Dynamics for Sales in creating better relationships and better understanding between buyers and sellers, so not only do you understand your own strengths , challenges and value as a sales person but you understand what drives your buyers to buy.

I didn’t have time to cover as much as I wanted on this aspect, so I’ve put a free Sales Success report together for you that you can implement ideas from immediately. If you missed the session and would like a copy you can get it from http://trustedsalesdynamics.com/resources/e-guides/

I am  passionate about making sales a trusted profession, making people feel proud to be a salesperson and I was gratified that so many people at the Trust Conference felt the same and wanted to be part of the Trusted Sales  Movement.


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Just 2 weeks to go to The Trust Conference!

There’s just 2 weeks to go to the Trust Conference on 11th September!

The Global Trust Conference 2014

If you haven’t yet got your tickets yet…

…why not?

Is your company or organisation already using the Trust paradigm to enviable financial success?

Or, are you unsure what an increase in Trust can actually deliver?

Either way, I urge you to rethink…

When I talk about The Trust Conference and what it can deliver, I’m not talking woolly, abstract ideas.

You should know me better by now!

I’m talking about measurable, hard-edged results in all areas of your organisation.

Don’t just take my word for it either…

Here’s what Karen Gregson, the Learning & Development Manager at BAE Systems, said about last year’s Trust Conference:

“I attended the Trust Conference last year and have recommended this to business colleagues. The highlight for me was Stephen MR Covey whose insights to this subject are second to none. Trust is a fundamental part of organisational effectiveness and it is great to see that we finally have a conference dedicated to this. I would encourage all organisations to attend and learn more about this imperative”

With just 2 weeks to go, tickets are almost all sold out. Already, this year is shaping up to be bigger and better than last year – and that’s saying something!

There are a lot of major companies out there who have already booked their tickets, either to attend in person or via an online stream.

So why not be one of them?

See you in just 2 weeks!

Michelle


PS. Remember if you or your team can’t make it in person, you can still listen in via an online stream.

Check out the various ticket options here >


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What’s new?

Congratulations to the 2 new groups of Flow and Performance Consultants accredited in August in both the UK and Australia and welcome on board to the new consultants ‘in training’ from Los Angeles, who I met this month, whilst I was in LA. Welcome to the Flow everyone!

It’s all systems go at TDHQ, as we have less than 2 weeks now until the Trust Conference 2014 on September 11th in central London. We are all very excited and are in the final stages of planning the day out… 800 HR professionals and business leaders will be in attendance (with another 500 joining the livestream online!)

If you don’t have your ticket still, you can book here for a ticket (or a livestream place if you can’t make the conference on the day) or call the office direct on 01772 634994

The conference is CPD accredited, so will also count towards your points…

This month, I’ve seen sight of the first draft of the new profile test we are working on with top TD sales trainer and popular blog contributor, Nicci. The new test ‘Talent Dynamics for Sales’ is ideal for sales people to find out the best roles in selling for them and how they approach sales opportunities understanding their clients frequency and therefore buying decisions. Nicci will be running a breakout at the Trust Conference on Trusted Sales, so you can learn more about it there too!

Michelle

PS. I’ve just come back from Los Angeles, where Roger James Hamilton, Creator of Wealth Dynamics and Talent Dynamics was presenting his Millionaire Master Plan Conference. Roger is one of the keynote speakers at the Trust Conference and you can also get to see him as he brings his phenomenal 2 day conference to London on the 6th and 7th.

Click here to register to attend the Millionaire Master Plan Conference 

The Talent Dynamics team will be there too so do come and find us to say hello!

 

 


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DT’s Tower: Lessons of Trust from my Childhood (kind of)

Heading as we are towards the Trust Conference, I’ve been thinking a lot about trust.  My trust antennae is becoming finely honed and I’m picking up more and more examples of how trust accelerates performance.

My not jealous face

I’ve also been watching TV.

One of the shows I really get a kick out of is Toy Hunter.  If you haven’t seen it (you should) it follows Jordan Hembrough, toy dealer, as he visits toy collections to find great toys that he can sell (and probably keep).

This guy makes his living from looking, talking and playing with toys!

I’m not jealous.

Aside from the gob smacking amount that some toys that I used to play with now sell for, it is a real trip down nostalgia lane as you see familiar toys in great condition and a little history of early commercial toys.

Trust, Given

Coming back on topic… As I was watching Jordan begin to negotiate with a collector on some toys (boxed DC superheroes from the 1960s :D) the conversation turned financial:

Jordan: So how much would you be comfortable parting with these?

Collector: (thinks) how about $100 each?

Jordan: (laughs) I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I’ll give you $200 each.  They are worth WAY more than $100

The collector was very pleased.  What I found compelling though was the fact that Jordan didn’t even need to think.  The way he does business is give a fair price and… he is one of these people.  He loves and collects toys.  If he cheated the collector then he’d be cheating himself (kind of).

Trust, Shared

What do you think happened?  The collector understood that Jordan wasn’t going to rip him off and trusted him to give him the right price.  He asked his opinion.  He didn’t haggle.

The tour (these guys generally have rooms for toys.  Hell, they have built extra rooms for the toys they collect). went quickly and it was clear both Jordan and the collector could relax and do what they love to do best, talk and revel in the shared joy of toys they had.

A great way to do business.

You can still get tickets for the Trust Conference here but hurry September is coming up quickly!


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Work Ready Program Does It Again! TDYP

By Teejay Dowe – Talent Dynamics for Young People

Thanks to the wonderful generosity and sponsorship from two Swindon-based companies, The Brunel Shopping Centre and Thirdline IT, we ran our second Work Ready Program in July in Swindon. The Brunel donated their board room for the event which meant that once again, our young people had to show up to a place of work. The deal for them was:

a. Show up looking like you are coming to work

b. Show up at 8.45am to start at 9am

c. Present youself politely at reception

d. Play full out for 2 days

e. Have fun 😀

What Happened

10 young people showed up before time to start on time and looking smart (yayy!! – first outcome achieved!)

To break the ice a little we had fun in teams with rope and as you can see is IS possible to tie a bow with everyone working together and NOT taking their hands off the rope at any time during the process 😀

Then to introductions…which…predictably were short and sweet as they struggled to find anything good to say about themselves.

Next….the MAGIC begins…….we get out all of the blocks to employment that they think they face and using the profiles we explore who they really are:

a. As an individual

b. As a leader

c. As a team member

d. The things that they are naturally great at

e. The things that will challenge them

f. What they bring to an employer

g. How AMAZING they are 😀

Seeing these 10 young people transform before your eyes is truly breath taking, inspiring and mind-blowing! From nothing to say about their strengths on day 1 to each doing a 5 mini presentation about themselves on day 2 – they’re like different people!

Results

A young man with a speech impediment who has been bullied because of it and hardly says a word stands up and tells the world who he is with such clarity and confidence that even he is amazed and immediately asks if he can do it again! Incredible!

Next the opportunity to put to put insight in to action as they take part in a business challenge and work together to provide a solution and present back to the group.

Finally the blocks disappear as they realise that what they thought were obstacles are no longer going to stop them and as the barriers go down the possibilities go up and mentors are chosen to continue them on their journey.

Work Ready

Work Ready also launched in Australia in July and as soon as I have the pics and the news I’ll be sharing that event with you. In August Work Ready will be run in Milton Keynes with Cassie Footman, in September in Swindon with Rachel O’Kennedy and also in September in Blackpool with myself .

If you want to know more about running programs where you are then please get in touch with me teejay@backontrackteens.com and let’s connect to see how we help make that real 😀

Teejay Dowe will be leading one of the Break- Out sessions at the Trust Conference on September 11th.


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[VIDEO] Roger James Hamilton and the 3 reasons to attend the Trust Conference

Roger James Hamilton, international entrepreneur and futurist takes some time out to share his 3 reasons for being at the Trust Conference this year.

1. Trust and Markets

The ways people are sharing and noticing your business is changing rapidly and these changes make prediction difficult.  By focusing on the value of Trust your business can add a little extra certainty.

2. Trust and your Team

Only a few years ago you could be certain about the people, roles and responsibilities of those around you.  Not so today with virtual work spaces, flexi-time and entire supply chains changing or disappearing.  In this space who can you Trust?

3. Trust in Yourself

New options and new pathways for career progression are opening up all the time.  Businesses and individuals are having wild success with specialisation and niche targeting.  This can leave people second guessing themselves.  It can be difficult to Trust in your own decisions and your own personal journey.

You can still book tickets for the 2014 Trust Conference here


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6 weeks to go (and why trust is the new global currency)

This is a quick heads-up to let you know there’s just 6 weeks to go to the 2014 Trust Conference in London on September 11th

At this unique conference you’ll find out why trust is the new global currency, more than yen, pounds or even dollars….

So if you’re planning to go, then I recommend booking your tickets now to secure your seat.  (a lot of people tend to book last minute so to avoid disappointment I suggest you get in early as we are already over 50% sold out)

Click here to reserve your seat
Stephen M R Covey


Today, I wanted to spend a little bit of time focussing on another one of our fabulous keynote speakers and that’s Stephen MR Covey, author of ‘The Speed of Trust’ and son of the late Stephen Covey, author of ‘Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.’

People still rave on about Stephen’s amazing, value-packed speech from last year so I’m so pleased he’s joining us again!

Stephen has real synergy with The Trust Conference and recognises this is the only conference in the world which focuses on creating a business model based totally on trust…. 

This year Stephen will be linking in via a live stream and during his 1hr presentation on “Leadership At The Speed of Trust” Stephen will explain how trust is more than a nice-to-have, soft, social virtue, it is a hard-edged economic driver. 

He’ll share how trust:

  • Drives employee engagement
  • Enables success in the midst of change
  • Is the greatest leverage for executing your top priorities.
  • Is the currency – more than Euros, Yen, or dollars – of the new, global economy.

In his own words, Stephen says: “High trust increases value – value to shareholders and value to customers. 

In a Watson Wyatt 2002 study, high-trust organizations outperformed low-trust organizations in total return to shareholders by 286 percent.” 

To find out how trust is impacting your organisation (and your bottom-line!) and to hear the amazing Stephen MR Covey talk about trust in a lot more detail, I highly recommend reserving your seat for The Trust Conference today. 

Believe me – and the 800 attendees – from last year, you won’t regret it!

Book your tickets now!


CPD AffiliateWith best wishes, 
Michelle

PS. Stephen Covey will be joined by other top speakers such as Sir Bob Geldof, Roger James Hamilton and Hollie Delaney, Head of HR at Zappos. 
 

Sir Bob, Roger & Hollie

 


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