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Interpreting Derek Silvers Ted talk: How to Start a Movement

Monday, January 30th, 2017

This short TED talk is a simple metaphor on leadership and follow ship using a man dancing wildly at an outdoor music festival as the example of someone doing something different and on their own, that then sparks a whole dancing group to participate. As Derek Silvers points out the original [...]

Don’t Avoid The Money Conversation

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Some Type of Review Process is Essential Despite the recent spate of articles about companies ditching them, most managers we work with are about to enter or have entered the annual round of performance reviews. Whilst it may sound a good idea to get rid of the annual review and replace it with a [...]

Are you engaged at work or enjoying your work?

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The idea that performance drives engagement, rather than the other way round, is perhaps indicative of an industry and a mindset that is missing the point. The term “engagement” seems like a business / HR construct to describe something quite difficult to pin down. What we actually say when we [...]

Doing does it – the habit of acting

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

A senior sales director asked this week “How do you overcome fear of rejection?” This was in the context of a discussion around closing techniques for sales people. Going in to the final stretch of the year, sales opportunities needed to be closed. But the question of rejection goes way [...]

Who wants to be a leader? Apparently not many.

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A recent workplace study by Saba indicated that only 31% of millennials want to get a leadership position. That’s a huge number of people who are opting out of a crucial role in running your business in the future. Yet a strong pool of people aspiring for senior leadership roles is going to be [...]

Habits that hold us back

Friday, November 18th, 2016

I wonder what we all do out of sheer habit rather than a deliberate choice? I book my own flights and hotels. It’s something I’ve done for ages. Relatively easy; I’m used to the online systems I use and know the hotels and carriers. It’s also a control thing. If I do it I know it will be [...]

Why learning is important to our success

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

I loved this interview with Dr Astro Teller (real name) in the Sydney Morning Herald. Dr Teller's job title is Director of Moonshots at GoogleX. Moonshots are Googles big projects, outside the scope of business as usual. The mantra being x10 improvements on what's currently out there. The [...]

When should you plant a tree?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Almost all of you reading this will have something going on in your businesses to develop leaders. You may be the CEO making the decision to invest in future leaders, or you may be one of those managers going through the process of development. It’s absolutely right to do this: all businesses [...]

7 Signs You Need to Give More Tough Love

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Probably more than anything over the last few weeks, this issue of how to show "tough love" has been ever present. More and more managers are struggling with poor performance but shying away from tough conversations. The reasons are many: upsetting someone, who if they left would set you back; [...]

How Leader Led Learning Creates A Teaching Organisation

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Almost all organisations now recognise the importance of training & development in creating success and high performance. The time allocated to training has increased, along with budgets. The solution adopted by all but the biggest companies is to buy in experts to run workshops. These are [...]