Leadership

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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Aussie Aussie Aussie…. Oi Oi Oi…

Australians are famous for their love of sport and their parochial chant (Aussie Aussie Aussie ..... Oi Oi Oi) in support of their individual and team sports. And now according to the Economist, they have even more reasons to celebrate. Why? Because Australia [...]

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Deciding how to Decide

In the face of digital disruption and generational change, deciding how much to involve others in the decisions you need to make as a leader and manager is more relevant now than ever. Advances in technology – particularly AI - mean that many decisions [...]

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Does your leadership style produce results?

Historically leadership style simply referred to the way a leader went about providing direction, implementing plans and motivating people. Their leadership style described what they did and how they did it but didn't explicitly refer to what results the [...]

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So Managers cannot be great Leaders you say…

When I first studied management at Business School, the leading authority was Peter Drucker. His book “The Principles of Management” was the bible for managers and Drucker’s insights into management and leadership are still worth reading today. Drucker [...]

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Empowering leadership: Does it always work?

It’s been over 3 decades since the concept of employee empowerment was born. To date it has many advocates – including us! Empowered employees – people who have the confidence in their competence to undertake challenging tasks as well as the personal [...]

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The Moral Imperative for Modern CEO’s

When I did my MBA some 3 decades ago (yikes!), we used the classic Harvard text and case study approach to “Business Policy” (now taught as Strategy). In those days, corporations generally viewed themselves as having a social responsibility to stakeholders [...]

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Leaders are made not born: Vince Lombardi

When I was growing up in Canada in the 60's, the Green Bay Packers were the dominant NFL team. Their coach was Vince Lombardi. His success and untimely early death have been immortalized on the annual Super Bowl trophy bearing his name. Generally acknowledged as [...]

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Stop the waste! Two ways to drive your leadership development budget further

While reading the McKinsey Quarterly the other day, I had a flashback to my former incarnation as the Head of Marketing for a retailer with a multimillion dollar budget. My mentor at the time had introduced me to a famous dictum attributed to Lord Leverhulme, [...]

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