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  • How do we change?

    How do we reconcile these two aspects; what’s the value of knowing that core personality when we are making efforts to change our behaviour?...

  • Reading People

    Whether you are the subject, or you are helping the subject, those two questions are critical...

  • Ideas for better group sessions using expresso

    Here's some ideas to help you get the most out of any group session around expresso - whether you're making use of a discussion guide or simply 'winging it'...

  • 2 keys to Talent

    Something that deeply impacts both employers and employees is low expectation...

  • Making ‘future proof’ career choices

    How do you prepare and plan, when at any time the job you thought you were preparing for, looks like it may no longer exist...

  • Stop hiring to the Strategy

    In a Business, Strategy often has to change at very short notice. While Mission - what the business is here for - doesn’t change, except on a multi-decade timescale...

  • The expresso platform: My Headlines

    It's easy to overlook, but the 'My Headlines' page of the expresso platform is a really great resource - especially if you're just looking for a quick reminder...

  • What 'data language' do you speak?

    Learning to receive and consider data across the whole factual-emotional spectrum is very valuable...

  • Owning your weaknesses

    When we stop viewing 'weaknesses' as our potential downfall, we can leverage that knowledge to direct our focus and energy more effectively...

  • Focus: your preferred approach

    We often talk about Focus in terms of 'the specific tasks you want to spend your time doing' but it could also be described in terms of 'your preferred approach in any given situation'...

  • Just how Sociable are you - really?

    We're all pretty good at working out how sociable someone else is; or at least we think we are...

  • I can help you understand me better

    How do we navigate our way through the complexity of human behaviour and differences and make sense of what we experience?...

  • Future-proofing your career

    I've been looking at some data and research in the past couple of weeks, which underlines some (almost) obvious points about the shape of work in the future...

  • On the line: the Interests scale

    Each of your Interest scores are presented as a number between 1 and 99, 1 being a really low score and 99 a really high score...

  • How can I use Birkman data to do a better job of managing my team(s)?

    Here’s 3 practical ways a manager can use Birkman...

  • What pace are you setting? (Birkman Physical Energy Score)

    Your Birkman Physical Energy score tells you about the pace you set for yourself and those around you...

  • Motivation & Perspective

    The thing about the Behavioural data is that it also gives us insight into your Perspective, which is even more fundamental...

  • On the Grid: 4 Symbols

    So far in this series, we've covered what our 'map' tells us, and how to read its directions... But what about the data that we plot onto the map?

  • On the Grid: The Diagonal Axes

    Now that you're familiar with each of the 4 colours, you can probably see why the 2 diagonals are considered 'opposites'...

  • On the Grid: Map Reading

    It may look simplistic on first glance, but there's a lot of information you can get out of the Grid - provided you know what you're looking at...

  • A New Language: The Colours of Behaviour

    So far, we've talked about the colours in the context of Motivation, but these same four colours are also used to describe the Behavioural data...

  • A New Language: Anchoring the Colours

    Here's a couple of simple anchors, to help you remember what each colour represents...

  • A New Language: The 4 Colours

    For us, Birkman is all about providing people with a new language, with which they can explain and comprehend themselves, _and_ understand others...

  • Sharing Birkman with your own (or other) young people

    We set about building hoozyu so young people could access their Birkman data before they were having to make their transition from school to the marketplace...

  • Anatomy of a Lightbulb Moment

    One of the reasons I love working with the Birkman Method, is those moments when a lightbulb goes on for the other person...

  • The value of knowing who you are

    We are not talking here about a list of what every employee is expected to be. Rather, we are describing something much more fundamental about ourselves...

  • Get some perspective! Looking beyond behaviour on the Birkman Map

    If you are still new to your Birkman results (or even if you aren’t), you may just be thinking in terms of BEHAVIOURS when you look at the Grid or Birkman Map...

  • Now what? Getting more from your expresso data

    I've put together some ideas to get you started - but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Think about how you may be able to apply your expresso data in your own unique context...

  • Explain Yourself

    It’s a simple idea. Just tell me, who you are; what you need; what you want to do. Simple.

  • Symmetric Ignorance & Entry Level Recruitment

    The interviewer doesn’t know what the candidate is capable of, and neither does the candidate. The secret is that the candidate knows stuff about themselves that they don’t know they know...

  • Take Stock, Start Fresh

    Where are you heading? What new experiences are you seeking? What new knowledge or skills do you want to develop?

  • What drives you?

    Realistically, it is not just a question of what you care about, or what you enjoy, but also, more fundamentally, how you approach your life and everything you do...