Maria Padbury - Understanding Self


Maria Padbury is founder of the Padbury Group, specialising in helping business solve the problems they can’t see.

What does this mean?

She helps you with the people, culture, leadership and sales issues that drive the behaviours that are either making or breaking your business.

Before starting her own business, she worked as a Learning and Development practitioner, and executive and leadership coach for 17 years and is accredited under the Institute of Executive Leadership & Coaching

Maria has just returned from a trip to the United States, where she met with leaders from the tech start up community to better understand the leadership challenges within the technology community.

She dropped into the Candourly Studio to talk about ‘Understanding-Self’ and the role it plays in finding and following your path in life and work.

If you want to get in contact with Maria simply connect on Linked-in.

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Show Summary:

Questions / Discussion Topics:

Is there a difference between the leadership challenges of a big corporate compared to a tech start up?

Why is Understanding Self important? (1)

What drives people to go into Leadership?

What is the role of feedback?

How does it impact people who don’t want to be leaders?

What is Peer leadership?

Where does understanding-self start?

What is the link between culture and understanding self?(2)

What is the role of initiation/ your inner voice?

What is difference between IQ and EQ? (3)

How does feedback help you understand self and where should I start? (1, 4 & 5)

What is the best type of feedback?

What is the best way to prepare for receiving feedback? (6)

What is the best way to build trust with your audience to ask for feedback?

How do you separate yourself from the feedback?

Is it important to understand what you can and can’t control?

How do I ask for feedback using general vs. specific questions?

What options should you give your audience when responding?

How do I open the door to receive feedback?

How do I identify what I need feedback for?

What is the role of having a clear ‘Why’?

What do you do when you start getting comfortable with feedback?

What is the link between understanding self and understanding others?

What is the role of open questions and closed questions when asking for feedback?

What do I do with the feedback/data I’ve received, and how do I derive meaning from it?

What is the role of a coach and what is the link to understanding self?

Where is the value of a coaching relationship?

What are the differences and similarities between a mentor and a coach?

What do I do if I don’t have a coach in my life? (8)

How do I assess if the coaching relationship is working?

What is the separation of between a coach and a counselor?

How do you understand what you want, and what you need from a coach?

How can a coach help you gain perspective?

What should you expect from the coaching experience?

Once I have done a self-assessment type course/tool, how do I handle the labelling/bucket that I’m in? (1)

An example of brining everything we have talked about together?

What are some books/articles that you can go to next? (6, 7, 8 & 9)

What is the power of sleep in making decisions?

Links & References:

1. Herman Brain Dominance Indicator — HBDI

2. Episode 4 — Culture with Dr Michael Devine <Insert link when available>.

3. Goldman — What is the author

4. Myers Briggs Type Indicator


6. Psycho-Cybernetics by by Maxwell Maltz

7. Institute of Executive Leadership & Coaching

8. Johari Window

9. The iceberg theory