Jun 1, 2019
Neil Scotton is an award winning
Coach, Writer and Consultant and also a co-author of the acclaimed
book “The little book of making big change happen” Neil is a
Chartered Engineer, A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, FRSA, an
NLP Master Practitioner and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC
with the ICF) In 2011 he founded the One Leadership Project with
Dr. Alister Scott, an organisation that enables teams untangle
complexity, unlock innovation, bring people together, clarify
strategy, provide structure, strengthen self belief by unleashing
passion. They do this in a very real way.
This particular episode spoke to
the human condition that craves connection and the need in people
to connect with their world, communities, organisations or work
places and themselves in a meaningful sense of oneness. Neil shared
his own philosophy, his passion for human transformation and the
conditions necessary to make big change happen. He shared that
catalysts are those who make big change happen often greater than
their job title says they should because they surround
themselves with 3 teams, a work team the doers, a support team
often comprised of family and friends and a team of influencers.
This episode is packed full of ideas, questions and Neil’s model
the 5+1 for teams as well as a parting challenge. Listen and be
Noteworthy points of discussion
made the journey from Chartered engineer working on building large
Cryogenic plants and pressure systems to working on human
transformational change. He described how his own epiphany on
Leadership happened as a works engineer
leadership is not about being great but bringing the greatness out
of others. We know this we simply forget.
- Important to ask the right question not look
for the solution
one Leadership Project where big change happens focuses on
cultivating a one-team mentality in a one organisation serving a
- Important for Leaders to be at one with
themselves. Part of the human condition is to be in pieces. Neil
and Alister work at the relational level with all members of the
team both as a collective & on an individual level.
- Catalysts very often surround themselves by 3
teams, a doing team, a support team and an influencers
- Importance of engagement on teams. Often by
asking the question “What do you stand for?” can yield energy and
passion for the work. Organisations have to ask if there is
anything standing in the way of people being able to think for
themselves to enable the leader with-in
model for team leadership means 1. Having a Purpose that is clear
and compelling, and is connected to the teams everyday meetings, 2.
How the team works together. Think about the John Adair Venn
Diagram. How much time is focused on task, the team or the
individual? 3. How are you engaging with others, your stakeholders?
4. Culture and how do we embody work? And 5. Results, are the
results the team is making connected to their stated
appreciation needed on teams to evoke flow and forward momentum.
Think in terms of working beyond self. When teams can think beyond
self great stuff happens
- Important to reveal the team to itself, the
dynamics but also the stuff that is going on. “What’s going on
here” is a great question to help the team see their reality and
get out of the trance of everyday stuff.
shared practices that he and Alister routinely do on teams, pair
work, reflective practices, ERA, Encouragement, Recognition and
Reward helping people get good at giving and receiving
described the ways learning does not happen well in organisation
and how their approach is integrative and often light
is impacted by our ecology and the world in which we live. He is
keen to help share his thoughts on the systemic issues we are
facing. His thought leadership piece for Coaching at Work will be
headed Earthquake, Chasm and Puzzle.
- Finally by way of an anecdote Neil shared how
we are all human, wanting to be heard, to be safe and to give back.
When you meet people in a human way everything changes.
following include the resources we alluded to over the course of
One Leadership Project
- Scotton, Neil and Scot, Dr. Alister, (2017) The
little book of making big change happen