Aspirin in the community: Twilight Walk

June 7, 2016

24-May-Twilight-WalkThe Twilight Walk for Women returned to Bournemouth seafront for the sixth year running on May 20, All money raised from the event went towards women’s health services at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and for the third year running the event was hosted by Aspirin’s own Paul Kinvig.

As well as compering the event and introducing special guests for the evening, Paul interviewed participants before the event started and as they completed the course uncovering some wonderfully inspiring & heartwarming stories regarding how they have faced and embraced the life changing circumstances they have found themselves in.   

The event encouraged fundraisers to form a sea of pink and take part in the 1k, 5k or 10k walk along the seafront with more than 350 former patients, local residents and hospital staff strolling in their pink Twilight t-shirts at sunset.

Paul Kinvig, Business Coach & Facilitator with Aspirin said

“This is the third year I’ve been involved with this wonderful event and each time I come away inspired by the stories of the participants. Their willingness to embrace the change that has been forced upon them and in many cases to use it as a way of achieving inspirational things is truly humbling. Whether it is families running in memory of lost loved ones, patients who are undergoing treatment yet still running or those who have beaten illness and wanting to say thank you, one cannot help but reflect on the courage of the participants.”

Barry Wilson, Community & Fundraising Officer at RBHC commented

“It’s always difficult to keep interest in an event when it has been going for six years but we are very fortunate to have a very worthy cause behind us and are extremely lucky to have great supporters! Over 300 signed up to take part in the Twilight Walk for women and the atmosphere was fantastic! The participants will make a real difference to the women’s health unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital”

Aspirin’s involvement in the Twilight Walk is part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the wider community in which it operates, adding to its involvement in such things as Diverse Abilities, Lewis Manning Hospice & Mayor Of Poole’s Charities.

F.A.S.T.E.R Teams – Never give up being TENACIOUS!!

November 16, 2015

Paul Kinvig, Coach and Facilitator at Aspirin Business Solutions

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There are a number of things that Britain loves – queueing, tea drinking, caravanning on Bank Holidays, moaning about the weather – but none is higher than its love of a “trier.” Whether it’s Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, Del Boy, Salford City in the FA Cup, the 90 year old great grandmother completing the London Marathon, Wagner on X-Factor or the hapless Frank Spencer, Britain always seems to assent to the northern phrase “God loves a trier!”

Yet this ability not to give up in the face of challenge or adversity – even as a nation we refer to ourselves as having the “Bulldog Spirit” – is much more than just stubborness or an unwillingness to face facts. Tenacity has a number of things at it heart that are sometimes overlooked…..and F.A.S.T.E.R. Teams exhibit these in good measure.

  • Flexability– Tenacious teams don’t get fixed on only one way of doing things. They adapt and try new ways of achieving the objective rather than give up at the first hurdle or continue to do exactly the same thing thinking it would make a difference. Einstein put it succinctly when he said “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!”
  • Refuel– Tenacious teams recognise that truly understanding what motivates them is vital in order to “keep on keeping on!” They regularly “refuel” that motivation to ensure they are firing on all cylinders, raise barriers against negativity AND guard against tiredness – both physical & mental.
  • Written & public commitments – Writing down commitments & making them public has a profound effect on increasing an individuals drive to achieve. It has the psychological effect of “making a contract with yourself and others” and therefore makes our determination not to break it much more powerful.
  • Acknowledge then Celebrate – Tenacious teams never celebrate too early so as to create a false sense of achievement. They acknowledge interim or milestone achievements (in the most appropriate ways to motivate the team) but only truly celebrate when the goal has been unequivocally reached.

There is, however, one thing that tenacious teams do that may seem counter-intuitive……they have the courage to let go when it is the right time to do so. Tenacity is not about obstinacy but about not giving up at the first, second or third hurdle.

However,  in business even with the best planning & execution there are times when the best use of time, resources & energy is to stop. Banging your head against a brick wall just gets blood in your eyes. Tenacious teams then put that away & move on to the next project with the same drive & determination to succeed as before.

Here at Aspirin Business, tenacity forms a key part of our F.A.S.T.E.R. programmes.  Whether it’s as a team, leader or an organisation, transformational results are achieved by being F.A.S.T.E.R. – Focused, Agile, Strong, Tenacious, Empowered and Real.  Worth a conversation?

F.A.S.T.E.R Teams – Be STRONG, you never know who you are inspiring!

November 11, 2015

Paul Kinvig, Coach and Facilitator at Aspirin Business Solutions

 

fighter-jets-440519_1280For most people, the sight of the Red Arrows flying overhead causes the heart to skip a beat. The primal noise of the engines, the sight of nine people & machines in perfect harmony, the unbelievable ability to achieve death defying moves, that sense of pride in a group that is the best in the world……and they’re British!

The aura surrounding the team inspires respect and admiration. They know what needs to be achieved.  They have almost off the scale skill levels and a determination to succeed & consistently deliver.  They share a sense of camaraderie and trust at the highest level and an attitude that does not let circumstance dictate their mentality. Nowhere was this more clearly demonstrated than when they dealt with the tragic loss of one of their team, John Egging, at the Bournemouth Air Show. They mourned, showed the utmost respect then came back stronger and more determined than ever!

So let’s take a look at these elements of strength exhibited in successful teams :-

  • Alignment – Strong teams share a clear vision of where they want to go and how to get there.  That enables them to commit to both the actions required AND the philosophy of how they will behave with each other, their colleagues and customers as they get there.
  • Skill – Strong teams are ALWAYS highly skilled in their respective areas. These skills cover both the competencies of doing the job and the “emotional intelligence” to deal with customers (both internal & external) who have different requirements & personality types.
  • Will – Strong teams have the desire to do what it is required and adapt, resist & overcome circumstances that get in the way! Their determination comes from knowing what motivates them, individually and as a team, and the skill of the leader in creating the conditions for that “will” to be maximised.
  • Cohesion– The bonds between a strong team are such that supporting and challenging each other are the norm. In many cases they “self manage” and encourage their colleagues to greater levels of achievement by sharing knowledge, experience and assisting them without the need for recognition. The members of the team recognise & appreciate each other’s differences & skills and understand that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Resilience –  When times are tough, strong teams remember who they are and what’s important to them.  They learn from both their successes and their failures to come back faster and stronger.  In order to bounce back, they draw upon their self-belief, strength and motivation.  Crucially, they receive support, strength and motivation from others that believe in them.  Each time this happens the individuals and teams grow stronger, with even more alignment, skill, will, cohesion and resilience!

 

The wonderful Muhammed Ali once said “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Here at Aspirin Business Solutions we help our clients build “Strong” teams that can adapt to, lead and inspire both change and growth.  Worth a conversation?