Quit the Blame Game – Glitches and Roadblocks are Normal

Hindsight, and reflection: Insights into Learning  Hindsight; I find unhelpful. Reflection, I rate. What is the difference? Hindsight leaves me feeling inadequate, and with a sense of failure, that my effort was not good enough. Hindsight encourages fault finding, blame and criticism. Each is entirely unhelpful in any learning process. Reflection enables me to identify causes, helps me reset a vision of what is possible, identify what I want to learn, and apply. Why is reflection valuable? Setting out to...

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The Language of Leadership – I, We, You

Three little words you, we, and I.   What’s in a word? Remember research from Dr Albert Mehrabian from UCLA in the  1960’s? Mehrablan identified that the power and effect of any communication came from:   Words 7% Body language 55% Emotional tone 38%       Accurate or not, Mehrablan’s research provides food for thought. One implication is while words are 7% of any communication, each of those words is likely to be important. the emotional tone you communicate...

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The Executive Presence Triangle

Have you ever felt completely swept up by what is going on in your organisation, and can’t think straight, let alone lead? Have you ever felt so vested in an outcome, you want to control how things happen? Or have you found yourself isolated and removed, and relating to those around you is entirely secondary. Executive Presence is the capacity to relate to those around you and lead in the current situation.   This Executive Presence triangle is an effective...

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Executive Presence: Increase Your Influence

How well do you speak the language of results? Do you want to be more influential? Do you want to inspire others to success? The SSC 2016 Leadership Insights survey revealed 44% of leaders were not strong in influencing, inspiring or motivating others. What are the secrets the 56% who are strong in this area? There are the secrets you need to know: Leaders who influence and inspire others have a particular secret. They talk results. They talk about their...

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Leading Exceptional Online Meetings

The question that dominated my recent free zoom session on leading exceptional online meetings was, “how do you stop meetings from being boring?” I had asked participants to submit their top two questions, and everyone had asked that question or a version of it. It is a great question, and too few leaders recognise their meetings are boring or irrelevant to participants. If your own meetings don’t excite you, and you aren’t looking forward to getting together with those in...

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The Glaring Gap In Business Continuity Planning

The stark gap revealed with working remotely and physical distancing shows leaders need to be sociologists. The depletion of person social interactions has the effect of shutting down people’s productivity and creativity. Shortly after Rutherford split the atom, Jacob Moreno discovered the social atom– the smallest number of people every person needs to order to keep learning and thrive. We are seeing this right now in our workplaces and society. Being physically confined, many people experience their social atom being...

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The Secrets To Working Remotely

In these next few months, you are likely to experience working remotely for those of you who can. As a solo consultant for over 25 years, here are some tips and tools that work for me, and help to keep me motivated and productive. Being socially and professionally connected remains the same as everyday times. Here are some things that make working from home a great experience: Use your commute time to listen to music, read, or have family discussions...

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Comparing Chefs And Nutrition With Leaders Creating Culture

On Valentine’s evening, my partner David and I dined at Atlas, a contemporary high-end restaurant in Wellington. I had booked several weeks earlier, and indicated I was vegan. The truth is, I’m ‘sort of vegan’. I do eat eggs, the occasional salmon or prawns to ensure I get enough protein particularly when I’m dining out. Why? Many chefs either don’t appear to understand the role of vegan protein if they consider substitutes. One example is olive oil is a great substitute for butter in vegans’...

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Don’t Make Being Late For Meetings Painful For Everyone

Are you ever late for meetings? Including for your own meetings? If others value punctuality, and I do too, the behaviour of the person who is late, and the meeting chair both greatly influence the success of the meeting. There is a lot that can go wrong when people come late, especially if they are the meeting leader. These four simple approaches go a long way to ensure the meeting remains productive: 1. Don’t apologise. Apologies only work if you are...

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Unlikely and Essential Links Among Gymnastics, Travel and the Art of Planning

As a teenage gymnast I was lucky enough to be an Olympic trialist.  I was in the top 10 and that year New Zealand sent only one gymnast. Sadly it wasn’t me. My coach was John MacFarlane, who taught at the local boys high school, and I was the only girl in the gym club. John was an avid traveler and videographer and so, an important part of my training involved watching videos of the world’s greatest gymnasts – Vera Cavslavska and later the daring Natasha...

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