Our focus on impossibility

And all the reasons it won?t work! Why are so many people focused on impossibility? Why things won?t work. We talk about these amazing ideas and dreams then counter it with a myriad of reasons why it won?t work, why we shouldn?t do it and why we should just be grateful for what we have. It?s one of the many …

Make small talk meaningful!

Be consistent & do it often In my last written blog I talked about how I came to like people and I feel like this is a natural follow on from that. Leaders who are task focused often see small talk as annoying and a waste of time. And it is, if you?re looking for instant results. The benefits of …

The fluff that matters!

Building relationships, running staff engagement and team culture activities and even development conversations are often referred to as fluff! In 2018? Really, that can?t be! Yep it actually is. I?ve heard it used by several leaders over the past few months. Leaders who were in different states, different organisations and different industries?so yep, it?s still happening. If I?d just heard …

You are capable of so much more!

Over the weekend I became a Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, which is a huge accomplishment and something I’m so very proud of. Over six months the program forced me to ?challenge myself in new ways and do things I wouldn’t?ordinarily do or didn’t think I was capable of. One of the biggest mental challenges was believing I could …

Sound advice for new leaders

Reflections from Mali ? Coaching people to be better leaders gives me such a buzz. Seeing them transform in their thinking and their approach is so rewarding and I love how life changing it can be. I was chatting with one of my clients, Malith Amarasekera, recently and I had a ?proud? moment. We reflected on where he was when …

Operating rhythm

The silver bullet for business success Ok, so I have this love/hate relationship with routine. For years I?ve been bouncing between having a routine and being spontaneous. I discover a way to do a task efficiently and follow the process for a couple of months before getting irritated by the lack of variety and changing it up, delaying it, or, …

Leader engagement

Hear how Spiz engages his people! ? Often the engagement of leaders is overlooked. We assume that because they?re in a leadership position they should be able to look after themselves. And while it is important for leaders to own and direct their own development it is still the responsibility of their managers to ensure they remain engaged. And if …

One on one conversations matter!

When they?re done right It?s a conversation I had with a friend recently that prompts the topic for this weeks blog. My friend, we?ll call him James, is on the verge of quitting his job. He?s not bored or uninterested in what he?s doing, he loves the idea that what he does genuinely makes a difference in peoples? lives. He …

Create your own chaos!

My first leadership role in a corporate environment was in a contact centre. From the minute the phone lines opened in the morning, through to closing off in the evening, it was manic. If I wasn?t really disciplined at prioritising my work I could spend the whole day fighting fires and have zero time to work on improving the business. …

Keeping your team busy

I had a conversation this week with a leader who, when I asked how work was going, said things were ?unusually quiet which is concerning?. It reminded me of the pressure many leaders face when trying to keep their people busy during quiet times. It?s not unlike the pressure we feel when it?s crazy-busy and we don?t have time to …