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...
There is something that our culture of busy is negatively impacting on that we absolutely need to remain relevant in leadership and business. It’s a leadership soft skill that’s often overlooked for those that are more obvious and perhaps glamorous like charisma for example. But it’s the thing that leaders need to hone to attract and retain talent, increase engagement levels and build inclusive cultures.
It is the skill of listening to hear.
In his book Deep Listening, Impact beyond words’ Oscar Trimboli says “the modern workplace creates so many distractions that we are too easily lost in our own mind before we are ready to start a discussion with someone else.” He shares what not listening is costing us, which is significant in this crazy, complex world we...
There’s often competition amongst a team of people. Who can hit their KPI’s first, who can get the best feedback from their clients, who can get the attention of the CEO or who can move up the corporate ladder the quickest.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition in a workplace right?
What about when it becomes about who is the busiest? Who works the longest hours, who gets to turn the lights off at the office, who can take the least amount of annual leave or who answered/sent an email at the latest or earliest time of the day?
Busy has become a game in many organisations and quite a dangerous one. Teammates seem to be having competitions about how busy they are. Before a workshop I ran late last year, I was listening to a couple of people...
When you say the word process, when you think process, when you do process, you often think ‘boring’. Process has no pizzazz to it. It can be a bit like groundhog day doing the series of steps to get you to an end goal that is ultimately what a process is. It’s a little bland especially when we’d like to achieve that end result immediately! And this is where we need to disrupt our thinking around process. We need to bring sexy back to process because a process executed well is where the magic starts to happen and goals come to fruition. And that is rather sexy!
What on earth am I talking about? Let me explain.
We are operating in a world of now. We want everything instantly, we want results immediately, we want to sprint up the career ladder, we want our team...
Have you ever been part of a team where one or a couple of people weren’t pulling their weight? They were getting away with things they shouldn’t be and you were left feeling very frustrated about it. Did you wonder where the feedback was? It was probably a situation where everyone was thinking about giving the feedback but no one was saying it. It’s a bit like the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it’s there but it’s ignored!
It’s a constant source of frustration in the workplace where these situations are allowed to continue. The communication is just not there. In a recent Inc. article
‘Why do employees really quit their jobs?’ the author talks about the top 8 reasons – and sitting at number 2 is poor communication with the team. No surprise really as...
To literally stop and think when things are chaotic and going at a thousand miles an hour, can seem counterintuitive and even ridiculous! Who has time to do that? The more relevant question is “who can afford not to”?
Reflection time is either accepted or not by people. Some see it as a waste of time and yet it’s one of the most powerful tools you can adopt in a busy world to slow down and reflect on what we are doing and importantly why we are doing it. It’s so easy now to get caught up in the doing, the reacting and the running to keep up rather than being conscious of what we’re doing and the impact it has. This of course is dangerous, as we are at risk of continuing to do the same things regardless of the level of success. As Albert Einstein says, this is...