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…]

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…]

My Leadership Fails: Team Failure & The Abilene Paradox

TSS Toxic Workplace

“When performance drives relationships business success is inevitable. However, when relationships drive performance, the urge to maintain the status quo will lead to  failure”

“More teams (and businesses) are ultimately destroyed by unhealthy people-pleasing than by overt hostility and aggression”

A boardroom drama I will never forget: “What do you mean ‘we may be insolvent’? How much cash do we need? Why did we all agree to pay a dividend at the last board meeting if cashflow is so poor?” This team of directors was in trouble! Yet they were all highly competent, capable and overtly supportive of each other.

How did they get into such a mess? The answer lies in an insidious strain of conflict avoidance known as ‘people-pleasing’. This form of conflict avoidance has contributed to a range of major disasters including financial catastrophes, major industrial accidents, plane crashes, shipping disasters and company destroying product failures. [Read more…]

My Leadership Fails: Difficult Conversations, Conflict & Feedback

Julius Caeser“Feedback is the breakfast of champions” Ken Blanchard

“Businesses don’t fail for want of intelligent staff, they fail for want of intelligent and courageous feedback” Unknown 

“Feedback is the bridge between strategy and successful execution” Dr Pete

High performance teams thrive on feedback. But sadly, many of us avoid feedback and settle for mediocrity, whilst gossiping to our teammates about what is wrong and backstabbing our managers.

Having difficult conversations and giving staff feedback is tough! [Read more…]