Our Go2Thrive podcast guest speaker of today is Mica Allan. Mica is a trainer, executive coach, and a writer with many years of experience in L & D roles in organizations. She’s Scottish born, lived in Iceland with her Icelandic Viking husband and recently they’ve moved to Amsterdam.

The main question of this interview:

What Does It Take For Organizations and For People To Thrive?

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We asked Mica the following questions:

  • What is it about communication, what is different in this age and perhaps for millennial’s?
  • We know about the importance of engagement. How does exuberance impact performance?
  • Can you please share with our audience, why laughter in the workplace is so important for us?
  • How does the ‘secret friend week’ work in the workplace?
  • How has Humpty Dumpty helped you develop a growth mindset?
  • Share with us your vision for thriving employees and organizations for the future?
  • Any other thoughts that you want to share with our audience?

Interview highlights

  • We need communication skills more than ever now because of technology
  • Being able to engage and connect with people through technology is an emerging skill set of its own.
  • Building networks and fostering trust is so important in the workplace with clients and colleagues.

Exuberance is being able to communicate a passion for something about something in quite an authentic, inspiring and engaging way.

  • Benjamin Zander (a music conductor),  talks about shining eyes and that we should all be trying to get as many shining eyes as we can around us. That is the importance of exuberance to me.
  • The organizations where people laugh, and have a sense of being able to feel like themselves, where they can share a joke, they have a connection, they feel relaxed – I think that says a lot about trust in the organization.

A recent American study showed that we spend 90 thousand hours in our lifetime, at work. That’s a long time not to laugh.

  • In five days, the task and the competition of the Secret Friend Week is to try and delight your secret friends as often as you can. I think it’s a very joyful and kind way of creating and fostering team spirit.
  • Humpty Dumpty demonstrates the kind of learning which takes us through bumps and bruises and becoming the next version of ourselves. Realizing that you will have some bumps but just to stick with that until you get to the next stage.
  • I would love to more senior leaders were doing that and walking the talk and modelling the behaviour that I imagine many of them want from their teams around them.

Thanks to Mica Allan for joining us in this episode!

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Mica Allan  on LinkedIn
Mica Allan website


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