Most of my messages are directed towards the leader… Today I am talking to you about the leader you report to – your boss. Do you have a tricky relationship with your boss? While you both come to work to do a good job, something is getting lost in the translation. Is...
Simon leads a program of multi-million dollar construction projects. He is a skilled project manager, an excellent people leader, widely respected, and has heaps of potential. His key area for development was ‘strategic thinking’. Having been given this feedback over a number of years, he agreed and fully owned this challenge.
‘Why did you set your alarm this morning?’ That was the question the aerobics instructor asked the crowd at 6:15am. Were we there to tick the ‘exercise’ box? Or were we there to really make a difference to our health and wellbeing?
I firmly believe that the vast majority of people operate with their best positive intentions. We come to work to do the best job we can.
And sometimes it doesn’t look like that!
How often do you take the time to reflect on who you are and how you want to lead? If you finished last year tired, stressed and with a long ‘to-do list still outstanding, it might be time to add coaching capability to your leadership toolkit. (The people you lead will benefit too!)
It’s that time when we reflect on the year that’s been and the year that’s coming. It’s also a time when many of us choose gifts to acknowledge the importance of those nearest to us.
Last week I spoke at an industry conference. In the trade show area one of the exhibitors was running a competition – the objective was to put 100 g of salt into a cup. The closest person to 100g was the winner. The exhibitor challenged me to have a go. Why not? Being...
Last week I heard four complaints with a similar theme: ‘I have been over this with her in the past and each time she agrees. Yet each time nothing changes!’ Leaders are frustrated that their good advice is being overlooked and their instructions ignored by members of their team.
‘If you have a brain, you are biased!’ was one of the many challenges made from the stage at the 2016 Neuroleadership Summit* in New York last week. Since then I have been much more aware of my own bias, and thinking about how to support leadership teams I work with understand personal and group biases.
On a country train trip last week a woman in front of me was listening to a movie on her iPad – very, very loudly. Assuming she was an older lady and perhaps hard of hearing, I peeked between the seats to discover she looked quite young. Others had noticed the volume...