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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Cross Cultural Project Challenges

A recent article that appeared in the Australian Media (ABC News 27 April 2019 ) reported on the issues facing the Australian Future Submarine Project which is a collaboration between Naval Group a French ship builder and Australian engineering teams. From the commencement of the project, issues arose in terms of communication, culture clashes and …

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Ageism

The results of a recent study showed a reduction in a number of biases particularly in terms of race and sexuality over the last 10 years (Project Implicit, Harvard University). It is refreshing to note that the level of awareness and behaviour is changing significantly for certain aspects of Diversity although I am also reminded …

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Cross Cultural Project Team

About 8 months ago we began discussions with an IT project manager who was overseeing a project with people from 4 different countries and spanning 2 very different organisations. This was a large digital transformation project with high stakes for both sides. We suggested at that point that it would be useful to bring the …

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Lessons in Leadership

I was in discussions recently about the Thai Cave rescue. You may recall the situation where a soccer team of 12 boys and their coach were rescued from 2.5 km inside a cave filled with water from the monsoon rains in Northern Thailand. It was an impressive feat that combined the knowledge and skills of …

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The Power of StoryTelling

Story telling has been an integral part of learning, communication and culture since the dawn of humankind. As children we yearn to hear stories from our parents and from that we receive wisdom, life lessons, morals, values and family history. As adults they educate, entertain and inform us. Stories move and inspire us to take …

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A Perspective on the Indigenous Worldview

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to New Zealand and had the opportunity to meet with a Maori Elder there. He was introducing Maori leadership principles in an MBA program. We discussed some of the inherent aspects of Indigenous cultures around the world which I found very interesting. He explained, that all Indigenous cultures …

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