Leadership

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Calling all leaders – the environment needs you!

As a leadership and management commentator, I don’t normally blog about climate change and the environment. However, in my view today’s most pressing and complex leadership challenge is climate change and the environment. The world needs leaders from all walks [...]

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Cutthroat Cooperation or Friendly Competition?

Conventional wisdom dictates that competition - regardless of whether it’s in the classroom, on the playing field or between business rivals – is good because it builds character, boosts productivity and delivers better outcomes. The degree to which the [...]

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Breaking out of the mould requires perseverance

I recently attended a “Toxic Masculinity” workshop sponsored by a local baseball club that had tragically lost 2 of its members to suicide in the past year. Bill's Story The purpose of the workshop was to help men redefine what it means to be a man and learn [...]

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Throw out the Carrots, Burn the Sticks … and Watch Employee Motivation Blossom

I’m often asked how to motivate employees. Indeed it’s a ‘perennial’ question with added urgency for managers wondering how to motivate a ‘Millennial’ generation where old school tactics such as rewards, recognition and fear are no longer producing [...]

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Confidence – not perfection – should be the goal

The great debate continues. A controversial OpEd by clinical psychologist Lisa Damour in the New York Times about the fundamentally different approaches girls and boys take to school assignments caught my eye the other day. Lisa’s observation - based on years [...]

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The Last Byte of Innovation at Apple?

If you’ve been on a Christmas/New Year break like me, you may have missed the news that Apple issued its first profit warning in 16 years due to a fall in forecasted revenue in China. Ostensibly, the reason is the slowdown in China’s economic growth. [...]

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Re-training for Life…and a Life of Re-training

In the good old days, high school students wanting to train for a job/career had a choice – go to college to learn a trade or similar vocational qualification or head to university and gain a tertiary education. These days, it’s not that simple. Instead of [...]

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Employee wellbeing starts with job control not yoga classes

Many of us have taken up some form of mindfulness or movement practice to help manage our stress and ageing bodies. I love going to yoga a couple of times a week for both the mental benefits that help soothe the week’s stress as well as the physical benefits [...]

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Short-term focus on “pay” leads to long-term “payn”

Unless they’ve been living in a cave, everyone in Australia will be familiar with the results of the recent Royal Commission into the state of the financial services sector in Australia. The Commission’s senior counsel assisting, Rowena Orr highlighted the [...]

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Reflections on Reflective Practice

Recently I had the great pleasure of attending a graduation ceremony for a small group of MBA students. Until that evening, I only knew them in my capacity as their Corporate Strategy and Leadership facilitator. It was a bit surreal meeting them in person as [...]

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