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Do You Want to be Super Organised?

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...

How Leaders Can Remain Relevant.

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...

Unhealthy Games

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...

Bringing Sexy Back to Process.

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...

When No One is Talking the Hard Stuff.

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...

Reflection Relevance

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...

What Really Matters.

We often we craft our lives around our business or career, rather than crafting our business or career around our lives and what is really important to us. This is evident from the high rates of depression and anxiety in Western society. We’re not happy and in part this is caused by doing things that conflict with our values and because we often sacrifice relationships with the people who are most important to us. We’re often focused on the wrong things. We don’t focus on what really matters. We’re often focused on the bright shiny object, the thrill of the chase, the dazzle of the dollar or whatever else it may be. The fear of missing out (FOMO) drives us to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp. We can fritter away the hours checking status updates and emails, yet...

Not Everyone Wants to Be the Best.

“The best leaders are readers of people. They have the intuitive ability to understand others by discerning how they feel and recognising what they sense.” John Maxwell Ben has enormous potential to be someone outstanding in his industry. His work ethic, his commitment, his generosity and knowledge are incredible. His leaders have high expectations and hopes for Ben and have identified him as a future leader sitting high on the talent matrix. They give him additional responsibility; encourage him to step up where possible in client meetings and to build a strong profile within the team. The support and mentoring that Ben is provided is second to none, not to mention the belief that his leaders have in him so it’s very confusing when it seems to be the leaders...

Making Your Mark.

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you”.Shannon L Alder Do you ever wonder what people would say about you when you eventually leave this earth? How you will be remembered. The stories people will share about you. The impact you will have made. This is something we should all be cognisant of because your legacy is something you are creating every day. How you lead, how you make others feel, what you contribute to, what you don’t do and whom you spend your time with. Your legacy is the sum of all your parts and as a leader it is something that transcends the immediacy of your profit and loss statement and KPIs, and focuses on how you want to make a difference. We can be...

If It’s Not You…Then Who?

As humans’ we are capable of so much if the belief, courage, commitment, curioisity and dedication is there. We can be great at what we choose, we can be an influential leader, we can make a difference, we can make an impact, we can break bad habits and we can achieve our goals if we believe we can. Sometimes it takes a child to demonstrate that this is really true. I met a little girl when I was in my clients office recently. She was eight. She was on school holidays and came in to visit Dad’s work. What initially struck me about her was her beautiful manners and confidence. She bounced in, said hello to everyone, including me who she had never met before, and held conversations with the team. She was just a delight. But what really impressed and inspired me...

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