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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ROLE MODEL

Who is your role model? Or perhaps the question should be, who are your role models? Why are these people your role models, and what have you learned from them? I’ve been reflecting on this topic of role models recently, because of some work I’ve been doing with leadership teams. An exercise that we’ve been …

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Re-education and Reinvention

Recently I have been thinking a lot about reinvention. Reinvention is really the point about how do I make sure I’m being current? How do I make sure I am being relevant in the marketplace? Especially in today’s world where the changes are coming so rapidly in areas of technology, in terms of how companies …

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Being Grateful

Many years ago I attended a conference where the keynote speaker was Martin Seligman. Martin Seligman is regarded as the father of positive psychology. He’s done a tremendous amount of research into how we can keep ourselves in a better state of mental health. One of the things he shared at the conference was a …

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How Do You Show Up?

On a recent assignment I had with a client, part of the role involved me interviewing the direct report of a particular leader. I spoke to 10 of her direct reports and I found there were a number of inconsistencies in the feedback from her direct reports. There were also some consistencies. Among the consistencies …

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F2F vs Virtual Learning

As someone who has been involved in working with teams for many years, I have a bias towards face to face education. I think you have far greater impact when you are learning with others in groups, because it’s not just the content, but there is a whole degree of learning that comes from interacting …

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