My Leadership Fails: Power, Status & Accidental Arrogance

Rescuer Dark LegacyFirst impressions count!

The success of boardroom negotiations, job interviews, sales calls and first dates often hinge on those first few moments…..
Have you ever had a bad vibe about someone you just met? Something was not quite right… they may have seemed vague, elusive, confused, or maybe over-confident, arrogant, stuck-up. Alternatively have you ever been surprised by feedback suggesting you gave off a vibe completely opposite to how you were feeling? [Read more…]

My Leadership Fails: Group Think Disasters

Group Think“Madness is the exception in individuals but the rule in groups” Nietzsche

Have you ever been a part of a team that, despite good intentions, made some very bad decisions?

Why do intelligent groups of people make stupid errors causing monumental disasters? As individuals we are regularly shaking our heads in disbelief about the decisions our leaders and their advisors are making. [Read more…]

My Leadership Fails: Trust & Respect Equals Credibility & Fairness

leadership“I can’t follow a leader I don’t trust and respect!”

“You have to first earn my trust and respect before I will follow you!”

Do you agree? Two simple statements I have heard from many disgruntled employees that highlight how important it is for staff to feel that they can both trust and respect their leaders.

The wisdom of hindsight has shown the failure of a company often begins with a breakdown in trust and respect between a leader and their team which then spreads like a virus infecting the whole organisation. [Read more…]

Life Strategy: Escape The Work/Life Balance Myth & Live Your Dreams!

Cube-with-photo-collection-38156155-2‘If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.’ Henry David Thoreau

‘All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.’ TE Lawrence

Do you ever feel like your work and life are out of balance? Have you ever felt trapped and frustrated by your job, your finances, or your personal circumstances? Do you dream of having greater work/life balance? [Read more…]

Resiliency: Amateur vs Pro & 7 Things You Need to Know

Resiliency‘Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight!’ Japanese Proverb

Are you resilient? Have you got what it takes to ride the most challenging waves of life? As a psychologist with a PhD and 20 years experience I thought I did. But I was wrong. Through adversity, I found out the hard way that there is a big difference between ‘knowing’ about resiliency and stress management and being able to ‘expertly apply’ these skills when you need them most.

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My Leadership Fails: 4 Horrible Bosses & 6 Healthy Habits

Leadership 6 Health Habits
“People don’t leave companies – they leave leaders!” 
Greg Savage

Did you know that we spend 34% of our lives (approximately 228,708 hours!) at work? Given how much time we invest in our work it is important to be in a job we are happy with, and even more important to have a Champion Boss (or be a Champion Boss if you are a manager yourself!).

Horrible bosses: Four leadership patterns to avoid

We all know what it is like to have a Horrible Boss – either through firsthand experience or through friends and colleagues. Check out these four common types of horrible bosses: [Read more…]

Communities of Practice: The Hare within the Tortoise

CoP Image“Though this be madness, there is method in it” William Shakesphere

The Chief Executive’s level of frustration about the current problems in the Department was almost unbearable:

“After 20 years in government, I simply cannot believe the lack of progress of my senior leaders in implementing these reforms! If they don’t start thinking and acting strategically the entire department may fail! Why do such bright and capable people lack the drive and initiative right when we need it most?”

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High Performance Teams: Fast-track The 4 KPIs of Success

HPT 4KPIsWhen teams are struggling with under performance or conflict (or both) it would be great if we could simply wave a Magic Wand and ‘presto!’ instant transformation!

Whilst it is true that genuine behavior change and lasting transformation takes time to occur and Magic Wands aren’t available yet, it is also true that using the right performance acceleration strategies can fast track high performance teams and save massive amounts of time and money! [Read more…]

Barriers to Sustainable High Performance: OR vs AND

HPT AND imageCan you have your cake and eat it too?

High Performance Teams that achieve sustainable results over the long-term have two co-existing top priorities focusing on maximising both Achievement and Engagement simultaneously. [Read more…]

My Leadership Fails: A Happy vs Healthy Workforce

Performance Curve Favicon“Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world” Joel Barker

“What gets measured gets managed” Peter Drucker

By far the most exhausting and expensive mistake I have made in my career has been trying to make people happy at work in order to improve business performance. I have confused the concepts of a happy vs healthy workforce and in doing so lost many opportunities for business growth and innovation. [Read more…]