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...
“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.”
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...
“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...
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...
“The behaviour you walk past is the standard you accept”
– Lieutenant General David Morrison
We all like to be liked. We’re human after all and the need to be liked is a childhood need that chases us into adulthood. We like to think and feel that we are accepted and that we belong. It’s totally normal and understandable but what we must be aware of is how much we will suffer if this need consumes us – especially as leaders.
The need to be liked is something many leaders struggle with, especially those who are innately people pleasers, those new to leadership and those leading previous peers. It’s a challenge to make decisions that you know will be unpopular and dealing with the inevitable ripple effect that will follow. However, this is leadership and it’s...
“To make flexibility work, it is not only necessary to change our attitude about who is a good worker and who is not, but we have to train managers at all levels to recognize the difference between the number of hours worked and the quality of work produced.”
Madeleine M Kunin
Smart leaders will know that strong talent is the key to success for any organisation. You can have the best strategy, infrastructure, policies and processes in place but without good people it means nothing. What people value today is very different to that of twenty years ago. However, is what leaders see and value as important today different to that of twenty years ago when it comes to how their people work?
As our talent pool is changing dramatically it’s important for a leaders...
Happy New Financial Year! The first half of the calendar year is complete. Yes, 180 days done! Winter solstice is past us now and before we know it we’ll be heading into spring (please hurry, it’s so cold in Melbourne!). Time seems to fly by so fast which is why it’s so critical in today’s business environment to stay focused and have clarity on what you’re aiming to achieve and why it’s important. Otherwise you can get swept away with the seemingly rapid pace of time and wonder what you have achieved rather than being in control of what you are doing.
At this critical point in the year, it’s a great time to be assessing if the plans and actions you have been executing to date are the right ones to get you to where you want to go. It helps to check in with...
Leadership is often focused outward. You’re focused on the business strategy, the operations, the day to day, the culture, your clients, your service offerings, performance and of course your team. It can feel like you’re constantly giving to, thinking for and encouraging others leaving little time for you. Unconsciously you can become quite neglected because you’re always there for others and whilst this isn’t the intent your leadership and your mental health can be negatively impacted
Leaders often comment and a lot is written about how challenging, isolating and lonely leadership can be even if you have a team of people around you. You’re responsible for making decisions, sometimes unpopular ones, you’re often expected to have the answers, people want to...
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Here’s a challenge, find someone today who is not busy.
ticking off our to-do lists, trying to run a business or manage our career. We’re busy
hopping from meeting to meeting, trying to manage our team. We’re busy
meeting client expectations, ensuring cash flow and results are where they need to be. We’re busy
dealing with the hundreds of emails that land in our inbox each day. We’re busy
juggling our family. We’re busy
trying to maintain the relationships with our significant other. We’re busy
trying to keep fit. It’s relentless.
And it’s become really bland and boring.
Here’s a cold hard dose of reality; you’re not busier than anyone else even if you think you’re doing more hours, doing better work or struggling to juggling a family more than...