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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Can You Be Coached?

I was brought in by an organisation to work with a particular individual. This individual had been promoted, had a bigger responsibility, bigger team of people, and they were getting quite a number of complaints, not just from the team, but also from customers. So, the organisation brought me in because they thought he might […]

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Leadership Journey

I was working with an executive client recently, and one of the things I asked him to do was actually map his leadership journey. He said he hadn’t ever done that and I encouraged him to try and look at the time when he first started his career. Then to consider his career over the […]

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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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Puzzles And Mysteries

A few months ago, I attended a conference where Malcolm Gladwell was the keynote speaker. He is a writer for The New Yorker and has written a number of books, among them, The Tipping Point, The Outliers, and What a Dog Saw. He’s a very thought-provoking writer, and I have always really enjoyed his work. […]

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