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Lead with Courage

Being a leader is not easy and we all approach it a little differently.  But to be a truly great leader, we need to lead with courage.  This means that we need to seek out and actively confront the difficult decisions and activities we face on a daily basis.  This..

Energise Your Team

Are you aware of your presence?  Do you understand the effect you have on those around you? Being aware of the effect your presence has on people is an important, but often overlooked, part of being a leader.

Radical Candor

Radical Candor, Manipulative Insecurity, Ruinous Empathy and Obnoxious Aggression – four terms that you’ve probably never heard of! I came across these interesting terms in Kim Scott’s book Radical Candor.  While they might not become part of your everyday..

Committed Leadership

This one is for all of the aspiring leaders out there – official or unofficial.

Cultural creativity and innovation

‘Culture is King’, a recent article by Dr Linda Sharkey explains that a culture of creativity and innovation can only be created from the top down.  She was able to support this assertion with an example of a leader who was complaining about his team’s lack of..

Focus on focusing

Mindfulness has become quite the buzzword around the photocopier.  Large organisations like Intel, McKinsey, Apple and Google, all famous for their innovative leadership practices, are embracing Mindfulness as a core concept of their operating rhythm. Even I wrote..

Empowering your people

If I asked you what it is that a leader actually does, what would your answer be? For me, leadership is less about delegation and management, and more about empowering others to help them succeed. Of course, you have to clearly set the direction and role model the..

Emotional Influence

How does an ad trigger a particular emotional response in people? Any marketer out there can probably give you an answer that is far better than any that I can give, but I’ll give it a go anyway: an ad triggers an emotional response with some sort of appeal. This..

Forgiveness as leaders

A young leader I am coaching recently asked me ‘How can I stop appearing to be vulnerable’? Curious as to the intent of the question, I asked ‘what do you mean by vulnerable’?  ‘I want to be the rock for my team. I want to be seen as unafraid and able to withstand..

Showing appreciation

About two years ago a report by The Australia Institute suggested that Australians were ‘donating’ more than $110 billion in unpaid overtime each year. This is a staggering amount of money, which translates to a staggering amount of unpaid extra hours worked. And if..