Are you searching for your cruising altitude?

In a world that’s in a constant state of busy-ness being able to slow down can be very hard. We worry that if we go slow we might miss something, or we simply can’t find enough time in the day to get everything done that demands our attention.  There’s also a concern that if we […]

Are you outsourcing your change leadership?

There’s a famous saying “May you live in interesting times”.  There’s debate as to the saying’s origin, but there’s certainly no doubt that it applies today. Change is everywhere.  So much so that the World Economic Forum has called this wave of change the fourth industrial revolution.   Change isn’t new. It’s something we have […]

How to stay the course when it gets tough

With every new project, idea or development you aim to get off the ground, there will be challenges. It’s easy to get excited about something that’s new. We get swept up in the initial enthusiasm for the benefits the change will bring. But as the work starts, the reality hits. Challenges arise. Unexpected hurdles get […]

Eight tips to stay ahead of the game

Many years ago I worked with a person who said to me: Michelle you can get to a certain level in your career by being good at what you do.  But if you want to go any further, you need to know how to play the game. Their comment always troubled me as it implies […]

Are you suffering from the curse of expertise?

We need experts.  People who are knowledgeable in their field of speciality, and able to solve complex problems.  They’ve spent years honing their craft, studying ideas and stretching their mind. Research shows that experts solve problems differently to people who aren’t experts.  They are able to quickly recognise relevant information, analyse the problem, and develop […]

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 […]