Building Trust

I’d like to talk about building trust in a team quickly. I’m working currently with a leadership team on their level of trust. The CEO has brought me in to work with the team because he feels there is a low level of trust in the team. The CEO is new, he’s only been in […]

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Slowing down

When was the last time you just sat back and relaxed? Be honest. When was the last time you sat back, didn’t look at the phone, didn’t listen to music, didn’t look at a screen, but just sat? When was the last time you actually thought to yourself, ‘Gosh, I’m bored.’ When was the last […]

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Speaking up

I was having breakfast with a client, and he was telling me about his recent visit to Japan. He was meeting with a number of his clients. He’s currently involved in a joint venture with two Japanese firms, and he was representing his company on this trip to Japan. It was his first time to […]

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Leaders Being Seen

I was in a meeting recently with a potential client, who had called me in and they wanted me to speak at a conference. They wanted me to speak on unconscious bias, diversity, and inclusion. In the process, I asked them why they wanted me to speak on that and what made them decide on […]

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The Global World

I was reading a paper recently by McKinsey and they were talking about the state of the world. As you may know, McKinsey created the acronym BRIC, by looking at globalisation and growth in the globalised world and then anticipating that Brazil, Russia, India and China were the main markets. Of course, now they’ve come […]

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Point of View

Many years ago, my friend, Ed moved from San Francisco to Melbourne to become the regional sales manager for a global learning and development organisation. That’s when I first met him. He was here for four years, and we developed a strong friendship in that time, which has thrived over the many years that we’ve […]

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In those we trust…

Who do you go to when you want to get candid feedback or advice? You need to have a group of trusted advisors. I was recently preparing for a keynote presentation. I had 40 minutes for this presentation to a large audience and when I was working through the presentation, one of the things I […]

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Are you on Brand ?

I was speaking recently at a conference to a group of emerging leaders, and one of the questions I asked was, ‘What’s your brand?’ I gave them an exercise, ‘Write down three words that describe your brand.’ I gave them some examples of different companies and asked them to reflect on the amount of money […]

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CONFORMING VS DISRUPTING

This topic was actually triggered by a conversation I had with a coaching client. He has been in an organisation for about seven years and has been promoted rapidly, and  has responsibility for a number of different countries. We were talking about the fact that as we move up the ladder in any organisation, one […]

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Candid Conversations

I worked with a leadership team recently and the topic that we spent the day talking about was developing high performing leadership teams. That was on our agenda.  I did a couple of quick exercises at the start of the session to get people into the room. In the first 45 minutes, I said to […]

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