Collaboration

Is it possible to accomplish anything worthwhile without some form of collaboration? I’ve been really thinking about this quite a bit lately because I’ve had conversations with some of my clients around collaboration. I’ve had a number of people who’ve said to me, ‘Gosh, you know it really is difficult to collaborate.’ If you think …

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Cascading your Learning

A client that I was working with recently brought his senior team together and we did a number of exercises so that we could align the executive team .He devised 3 key operating principles that he introduced to the team and outlined as the main areas of focus for the next 12 months and we …

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Focus

Let’s for a moment consider why focus is important for you as a leader and how much time you allocate to focused work. As a leader, you need to allow time to do what I call ‘deep work’. So what’s deep work? Deep work is when you focus on strategy. Deep work is when you …

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EXTROVERT YOUR THINKING

I want to share something with you that I learnt from a client recently and it’s called ‘extrovert your thinking.’ I really was quite fascinated with this when she shared it with me, and it occurred when we were in a meeting together with some members of her team. She said, ‘Just wait here for …

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Problem vs Solution

Last year, I did an online coaching course that used a Solution Based approach. I was looking for a framework for an intervention with a client of mine and it seemed to fit. I really enjoyed the program and decided to do some further learning in the area and so I did a 2 day …

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Transitioning into the workplace

Over the last 3 months we have had an intern working with us who is an international student. We were contacted by her as she is studying at one of Melbourne’s top universities doing a Masters in International Business. She was keen to broaden her knowledge and gain experience in the cross-cultural field having completed …

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Psychological Safety

I’m currently working with a global leader, and as part of the project, I interviewed a number of his direct reports. Something that was consistently coming up, from the direct reports, was that it was very difficult to provide a contrary opinion, to this leader during meetings. Whenever something was raised about a topic that …

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Putting your phone away

I was reading an article about the Melbourne rugby team, the Melbourne Storm recently, which really sparked an interest in me, and it intrigued me. One of the things they talked about as a reason for the team’s success in winning the grand final was that during all their team meetings, they had to put …

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Rational Candour

A client of mine told me about a book she recently read, called Rational Candour by Kim Scott, who is an ex google employee. She was raving about it as a model of providing feedback. She’s from the United States and she operates here in Australia, and she noted that there’s quite a difference in …

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Seeing with new eyes

I was addressing a group of graduates recently in a client organisation that were in their second week. They were very excited and tired because of the amount of information they had to take in over the previous 10 days. They came from 15 different countries and I was invited to talk to them about …

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