We’re often challenged and encouraged to understand the ‘why’ behind what we do. To understand and connect to the greater purpose of our actions so we can make strong decisions, push through challenges, stay aligned with the work we love and recognise the right opportunities for us. It’s essential to communicating effectively and leading people on the right path. By understanding the ‘why’ the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ then follows according to Simon Sinek in his now famous Ted Talk.
I also believe this principle needs to apply to the actions we are asking our teams to do. It seems through various onboarding processes and when upskilling team members we are very good at training the what and the how, however we rarely explain the reason ‘why’ we’re asking or...
It’s likely you have a mix of Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials within your business (and you are one of those!).
Each generation is defined by birth date, values and worldviews. This is impacted by whatever is going on around us at the time. In the case of the Millennial generation, it is the rapid growth and evolution of technology. Whereas for Baby Boomers, it was TV and the sense that anything was possible like the first man landing on the moon in 1969.
Differences between worldviews in different generations
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In today’s hyper-connected online world, we need to stand out. We need to attract attention, to be colourful and easily identifiable through masses of other information and noise out there. We can’t afford to fall into the world of ‘sameness’ that so many seem to. And there’s just so much sameness around right now. The only difference is the voice to the same conversation of how little time there is, that there’s so much to do and how busy we are. This isn’t conducive to influential or relevant leadership and in fact, it’s incredibly beige.
When we get caught in the vortex of busy, when we’re running to keep up with everything else that’s happening out there around us, we become beige as a leader.
One of the great things though is that people seem to be...
We have flipped the calendar page over for the second last time in 2018. We’re now on the home stretch. I do love this time of year, it’s spring, daylight savings kicks in for many of us and there is a more festive feel in the air. That being said there are many distractions to navigate too, Melbourne Racing Carnival starts in October and soon after that the festive season gets into full swing as of late it seems to be starting early in November. Attention turns to fashion, parties and how to manage hangovers!
This quarter is an important one though. We need to ensure we bring home the results to make the year one to be proud of, even if that means not quite hitting the target on the head but being proud of the effort that has been invested over 2018. We know...
When you look through a job description one of the most common skills listed is strong organisation skills. But 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...