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You Can Lead a Horse to Water.

Have you ever had a situation where you can see the potential in someone? Whether that be sporting, academic, creative, leadership or even confidence; you can see it in the person well before they recognise it. So you work with them, provide opportunities for them to step up, you coach and encourage them, invest time and money only for your effort to fall flat. It’s incredibly frustrating when these situations occur. Right before your very eyes, you see such potential and greatness in someone just wasting away. If only they would take the bull by the horns so to speak and embrace the challenge. If only they would put in that little bit more effort. If only….if only. There is a real leadership lesson in this. In order for people to reach their full...

Leadership, Seasons and Certainty – What’s the Correlation?

I love summer. I love the smell of it, the bright sunny days, the sunsets, the warm breeze and how the blue sky seems to put a spring in your step. One of the benefits of living in Melbourne is we do get to experience four seasons, sometimes all in one day! We know our winters will be cold, our spring quite mixed, we have warm autumn days with cool nights and relatively hot summers. The seasons are one thing we have certainty around. We know the transition from one season to another will start at particular times of the year and in this volatile and constantly changing world, there’s a sense of comfort around that. This is one thing we don’t have to waste time anticipating if it will happen or not. The certainty of seasons is similar to the sense of certainty...

All Buts are on the Nose!

This week’s blog is a relatively simple one. The message is tapping on the shoulder of your self-awareness and how conscious you are of your ‘buts’ and it links back to last weeks message and the podcast that I released early in January. You could probably accuse me of eavesdropping on a conversation in a café the other day. It seemed quite an open conversation and certainly not a quiet one. What caught my attention were the negativity and the amount of ‘buts’ that were being thrown around. It went something like this: “I promised myself that I would get up and journal each morning but I just can’t get out of bed” ‘Yeah, I committed to doing 3 days in the gym but I just haven’t had the time.” ‘I also committed to putting my phone down in the evening...

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Outcome.

How will 2019 differ to your 2018? Most people want to get better year on year. They want to improve in a certain area, leverage what they have done well or embarked on a new challenge. Many want to spend their time much more wisely and stick to important priorities. And some just want this year to simply be better than last year across the board. For any change to be made we need to think differently. People management is something we, as leaders need to think differently about. This area of business can be a constant source of frustration for leaders. An enormous amount of time is injected, sometimes with little benefit. People now seem to want more of you without the return of favour. And whilst you’re feeling the pressure and spending countless hours...

Assumptions and Three Little Guys.

When I was walking along the street yesterday, I noticed three little guys in their school uniform. I would guess their ages to be between 9 and 6. Obviously, they were brothers walking to school.  One was bouncing his basketball and the other was holding hands with his brother who had down syndrome. As they approached a busy road, the older brother said to his little brother ‘don’t bounce the ball now ok. Just keep hold of it’, to which his brother responded ‘ok’. His tone was firm but very calm and they continued walking to school, as they probably do each day. Now I know nothing about these boys, only what I have observed through their behaviour on the street. By what I observed I made assumptions; the older brother is clearly the leader and seemed to be...

How You Communicate Matters.

I was engaged to work for a small business, with 30 team members, to improve communication within the business. Everyone knew there was a toxic culture in the workplace. People weren’t getting along and engagement levels were low. The leaders believed this had nothing to do with the leadership, but rather people not liking the direction the business was heading in or the fact they were under pressure to perform. When I start a contract like this I always like to immerse myself for a period of time and observe what is going on through fresh eyes. I also sit down individually with each team member and ask for feedback on how they are experiencing the business. Throughout this exercise, I learned that the team genuinely wanted things to improve. My curiosity got...

Avoiding the Weeds Whilst Working From Home.

I had an amusing conversation with a client the other day. She was telling me how she wanted to work from home more but is worried about the impact on her productivity because she gets very distracted. She went on to tell me about a time when she was studying. She was at her desk looking out her bedroom window and noticed weeds in the garden. She decided that she couldn’t possibly study whilst those weeds were there so proceeded to spend the afternoon weeding. She was very proud of her efforts! She is also convinced her parents loved it when she was studying because their garden never looked better. Besides this story tickling my funny bone, I could certainly resonate with it. When I first started my business and was solely working from home I too got extremely...

When You Can’t Work Any Harder….

Chances are going to relate to this story about Gary. Or know someone else around you who can. Gary’s story is a result of being caught in the busy trap, he became totally reactive and distracted. He lacked clarity, focus, and drive; and was running blind and hoping for the best. But what he decided to do saved him. My buddy Gary, used to wear ‘busy’ like it was a badge of honour. He seemed to be the busiest sales team leader on the planet – and he’d tell anyone and everyone who would listen. He always had the time to tell us all how frantically busy he was. The conversation always lead to how he and his team weren’t achieving the outcomes they needed, and over time this began to grate on him and he very visibly became stressed and frustrated that his actions...

Lessons from a Very Public Fiasco.

“Everything rises and falls on leadership”. John C Maxwell Organisations large and small can all take something away from the horrendous report into our cricketing organisation. Cricket Australia is again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The report into Cricket Australia’s culture and the Australian Cricket team culture reveals damning evidence of bullying, controlling behaviour, arrogance, lack of respect and not living according to the values of the organisiation. This is surely not a shock to anyone, however, perhaps the hard evidence is what it’s going to take to turn the culture around and make cricket something to be proud of once again. What saddens me is that there needed to be a report to encourage culture change and for the fractured...

Captain Courageous.

Aristotle called courage the first virtue because it makes all of the other virtues possible. It’s one of the most important virtues you can have as a leader in today’s business world. Think about the expectations of leaders today. You must be able to innovate, ideate, collaborate and constantly disrupt how you are thinking. All of this takes courage because you’re often breaking tradition and creating new ways of doing things. Leadership means making bold and often unpopular decisions. Without courage, leadership has no impact. One of the greatest stories of courage that I am inspired by is the leadership, courage, and determination shown by Malala Yousafzai. Malala defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded girls receive an education Subsequently, she was...

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