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A Leadership Lesson From a Tiger.

It’s a difficult time to be a leader. There’s so much chaos, complexity and change to navigate whilst also working out how to best manage and lead the people you have working for you or around you. The weight of expectation can be quite hard to deal with. It can challenge the very best of us, which is why it’s so important to be leading your way and from a solid foundation rather than trying to be the style of leader you’re not. Many of you will know I am a long-suffering Richmond Tigers supporter. And here is where I can share a good news story. You must forgive me for indulging in this but in my defense this is a really strong leadership story and it’s been 16 years since we have a won a final. That aside, you can translate this to any area of your life...

Should Mobile Phones be Banned in Meetings?

It seems when people are invited to attend a meeting they now consider it a ‘plus one’ scenario. It is common practice these days for meeting participants to show up with their mobile phone in hand, engaged and ready to distract. Tip – if you are reading this whilst you’re in a meeting right now – put the phone down! Let me share of scenario with you and hand on heart this really happened! I arranged a meeting between 2 associates I know well recently as there were potential business opportunities between them. Firstly, one of the parties was late. They didn’t call to advise they would be late; I had to call and see if they were still coming. Secondly, they sat down in the meeting room after arriving 20 minutes late, got out their phone and sat there texting...

How Do You Help The Person Who Thinks They Are Busier Than They Are?

As a leader, a peer or even a friend, how do you help the person that is suffering from the busy disease? The person who has no time to do anything they want to? The one that isn’t getting enough sleep, who isn’t looking after themselves and whose to do list is continually growing. How do you help them when they can’t see a way out of their busyness or when they’re not aware of how their busyness is impacting on others? This is certainly a challenge in business when you have the incredibly busy person often too busy to do the fundamental requirements of their job. They’re so busy being busy that they have lost clarity about what is important and what the critical tasks are that will make the biggest difference to their outcomes. Like, for example, the basic...

The Five Secrets of the Super Organised.

Have you noticed how some people are incredibly organised? Despite the fact their demands are similar to yours - they have a demanding job, children to care for, a partner to love, their health to look and some resemblance of a social life. How on earth do they do it? We all have the same amount of time at our disposal and yet these super organised people are experts at using it effectively. What do they do that’s different to you? Are they born this way? Do they have an innate ability to be efficient and effective? We know that some great leaders are born with ingrained and natural skills, some sports people have had the gift of natural raw talent (look at Usain Bolt as a prime example) and many creative’s and musicians are discovered in their early...

It Came in Like a Wrecking Ball to Destroy Your Personal Brand.

Personal Brand is the strongest currency you have to deal with in business. It can make or break your career, your leadership and your reputation. So are you aware of the implications that being busy can have on your brand? A leader needs to be the architect of their brand. A strong personal brand is what will win you the respect of your team, peers, leaders and associates. Respect is something we all need to earn. If you are clear on who you are, what you stand for, and ensure this is relevant and authentic then you will start to gain the respect you deserve. As singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert said: ‘If you don’t stand for something how can anyone respect what you do?’ Having a strong personal brand will enable you to:
  • influence and create an impact...

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