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Training Resources for Elevate Leadership Training

If you’ve completed the training Elevate Leadership, then welcome to this resource page. Everything on here supports what you discovered and learnt on the training. If you’ve found this page without doing the training, feel free to browse.

Video Clips

Dr. Paul Wood: What’s your prison?

Motivation and breaking free from caged thinking.

From TED: At the age of 18, Paul was a high-school dropout in prison for murder. While spending time in maximum security he discovered the life enriching quality of learning. This led him to voraciously pursue both formal and informal means of education. He acquired both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy whilst in prison and by the time he was released he was two years into a Doctorate in Psychology. Paul is now a respected coach and consultant who uses his knowledge and experience to assist individuals and organisations achieve their developmental goals. Paul will be using his own journey to illustrate and discuss the universal ingredients of successful personal change and growth.

Dan Pink on Intrinsic Motivation

Motivation: Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Margaret Heffernan: Pecking order

Leadership, performance & hierarchy

From TED: Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”

Brene Brown: Vulnerability

Being human as a Leader

From Ted: Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

The Empathic Civilisation

Empathy & Leadership: Emotional Intelligence

From the RSA: In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.

David Rock: Learning the brain

Knowing the brain changes everything, self-awareness

David Rock introduces the SCARF Model and how leadership and these five factors influence performance – Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness and Fairness.

David Rock: SCARF Model

Influencing Others, Social Brain

David Rock introduces the SCARF Model and how leadership and these five factors influence performance – Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness and Fairness.

Introduction to Solution Focus

Simple animation.


A light intro to what a Solution Focus is, good as a refresher on the basics.

Your Brain at Work

David Rock Presenting at Google


In his new book “Your Brain at Work,” coach David Rock depicts the story of two people over one day at the office, and what’s happening in their brains that makes it so hard to focus and be productive. Not only does he explain why things go wrong, but how you can train your brain to improve thinking and performance at work. Based on interviews with 30 neuroscientists, he’s developed strategies to help you work smart all day.

Performance Rankings

How your brain responds in performance reviews.


Watch this video to see why traditional employee evaluations are flawed. For more insights, read “Kill Your Performance Ratings,” available at: strategy-business.com/killratings.


The New Leaders by Daniel Goleman

Research based book illustrating how emotional intelligence informs outstanding leadership.

Quiet Leadership by David Rock

An excellent book for developing coaching style leadership that’s brain-based.

Drive by Daniel Pink

Very good book exploring truths about motivation; autonomy, mastery and purpose

Your Brain at Work by David Rock

Links the brain to leadership to performance and zooms in on language.

The Game Plan by Steve Bull

Sports Psychology applied to work, business and leadership … to many ‘quotes’ but good tools.

Human Instinct by Sir Robert Winston

Evolutionary biology that explains some of traits and behaviours in life and at work.

Articles by David Savage

Chaos, Collaboration & Sustainability

There’s a short exercise I often run when I’m speaking and training. I give twelve to fourteen volunteers a simple brief to create a certain formation together but without communicating. When I ask them how they think it’ll go, “Chaos” is the word that normally arises from what they perceive is an impossible task. However, in less that two minutes, they complete the task and it’s mind-blowing!

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Lack-luster team performance: Ten questions to ask!

What are the signals of lack-luster team performance, and what are the solutions? David Savage shares the questions he looks to get answered when starting to coach a new team. #1: Commitment: Does everyone in the team want to be in the team? There's a difference...

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