Leading a change – do you change first or last?

Change leadership is no longer an optional skill for leaders. Instead, it’s seen as a core competency. When you think about leading a change and being an effective change leader, what skills and competencies spring to mind? Is it for example: Building strong stakeholder relationships Being able to coach your team members Thinking strategically and […]

What feeling impacts how you negotiate?

The outcomes of negotiations are heavily influenced by power – how it is used and how it is felt. It’s easy to see how a person having more power in a relationship can lead to a sub-optimal negotiation outcome for the other party. The person with more power may have more bargaining chips, positional authority […]

When are your team members at their best?

Making progress and having success requires effort, and it’s even harder to achieve if you’re trying to get there not using your strengths. It’s easy for us to get sucked into focusing on what we’re not good at. By doing this we give attention to the negatives which hold us back, rather than focusing on what […]

Is your organisation too busy for its own good?

Being busy is the new normal, with the words ‘I’m busy’ often featuring in our response to the question ‘How are you?”. We spend much of our day rushing from appointment to appointment, event to event and trying to cram so much into one day. Busy-ness is generated from a number of different factors. It […]

Are you in the fast or slow lane?

When you drive do you typically drive in the slow lane or are you in the fast lane?  Are you the person who weaves between cars so you can find the fastest route, or are you the person who picks a lane and sticks to it? We are habitual creatures, so each time we drive […]

What’s your appetite for career risk?

The world we work in is changing.  How we work is changing.  To stay in the game, not even ahead of the game, it’s important to be alert to these changes and what it means for you. There’s choice and decisions to be made about how to best position yourself and your career to thrive […]

It’s time to reclaim the lost hours in your day

Being busy seems to be a constant part of life these days. For people working in organisations a big contributor to that is the amount of time they spend in meetings. Have you ever counted how much of your average working week you spend in meetings? For some executives I work with it can be […]

Leadership – it’s often the little things that matter

Great leaders usually have a great legacy. Their legacy is something they leave behind that has a positive impact on future generations. It may be how they’ve steered a nation through a period of growth. It may be how they’ve helped a business grow. It may be their philanthropic endeavours that have helped people in less […]

Is it time to go outside your comfort zone?

When was the last time you did something that truly took you outside your comfort zone? It feels good to be comfortable.  We feel relaxed, unpressured and more certain. But getting comfortable can be dangerous.  When we’re too comfortable we stop learning and growing.  Once this happens we’re one step closer to being left behind […]

Why having confidence isn’t always good for you

It’s often thought that to be successful you have to be confident. However, it’s not that black and white.  In fact, too much confidence is a bad thing. Why?  Because when you are certain you are right, you are almost certainly wrong! Over-confidence is one of the many brain based biases we are all afflicted […]

Have you got a feast or famine mindset at work?

In a highly competitive work environment, people often act as though there’s not enough Resources, Rewards or Recognition to go around. Operating with a famine mindset, people jealously guard their access to the three Rs because they see them as crucial to career success. The more resources you have the easier it is to get […]

Why we need to say the Emperor has no clothes

You may remember from your childhood the Hans Christian-Anderson fairy tale titled – The Emperor Has No Clothes. The story centred on two conmen who pretended to be weavers and convinced the Emperor they could make him a magical suit – the finest in the land.  The magic was that this suit would be invisible to […]

Expectations: Are they constraining how you lead?

Expectations, we all have them. They can both constrain and inspire us. Problems arise when they define how we think and narrow our field of view. Expectations work both ways. Just as parents, peers, work colleagues, friends and family place expectations on us, we too place expectations on the people around us. Interestingly others can easily influence […]

Why uncomfortable conversations are good for you

Uncomfortable conversations aren’t fun. They’re the conversations you often put off until the last minute, and anticipate with dread. And yet, being able to have them is an essential part of effective leadership and a hallmark of a successful career. Shying away from these conversations may appear on the surface to be the easy option, […]

Fairness – it matters more than you may think

When you think of the traits of great leaders, being fair isn’t usually one of the traits that springs to mind. As humans we are acutely attuned to the concept of fairness. Children from a very early age notice when things don’t seem fair, with the inevitable wail of “That’s not fair!” This carries into […]

What’s on your summer reading list?

The summer holidays are a great time to catch up on the reading you wanted to do during the year, but never found the time for. I hoard books so there’s always a stack to read – both on my kindle and in the traditional paperback format. The books range from those that are designed to […]

It’s time for your annual stocktake

If, like me, you are wondering where the year went and how it’s possible that it’s only a week until Christmas, now’s a great time to stop and reflect on 2016. At this point in the year it can be easy to wish the days away as you are on countdown to completing everything that […]

How to know if you are drunk on power

There’s an old saying: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s attributed to Lord Acton, a nineteenth century historian and moralist. Power is a word that invokes a range of images and ideas. Some people see it as bad, while other people see it as magnetic and empowering. I prefer an optimistic approach and view […]

Why the question is one of your most powerful tools

According to reports we are now living in a post-fact world.  A world where experts are devalued and comments and opinions can be positioned without question, even if they have no substance or evidence to back them up. This is most commonly playing out in the political arena where politicians make sweeping generalisations, bend the […]