Know Where You Stand – Emotional Pain and Leadership

Discovering you were closer to someone in your team than they were with you can hurt deeply. This hurts even more when you realise that others knew this before you did. When information within informal networks of interpersonal relationships overrides formal structures, trust is broken. Emotions run high as the true structure of relationships are revealed. You know where you stand, and how close or distant others are in relation to you. Remember Carlos Ghosen, Chair of Nissan, Japan and...

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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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What Is Executive Presence?

  Do you want to dramatically improve your capacity to inspire and influence? Do you often wish you were more confident and have greater influence and impact? These all revolve around Executive Presence! Your Executive Presence is the invisible qualities that you own, your personality.  How do people experience you as a leader? Do they feel inspired by you, or do they leave feeling criticized and judged? There are 5 Qualities of Executive Presence Positive Relationships Authenticity Identity Reputation Credibility If you want to...

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Executive Presence: Keys To Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence And Your Capacity To Influence

Are you busy? Do you have too many competing priorities?  Your self-esteem and self-confidence suffer when your work cuts into your family and personal time. What is the cause of this?  I notice in the leaders who come to me wanting greater self-confidence and to increase their influence share 3 – 4 of the following characteristics: A propensity to help; Difficulty in saying no; Wanting to please people; Take on too much; Are perfectionistic; Like to ‘do stuff’ rather than...

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Beyond Lockdown: The Four Stages For Inspiring Re-entry 

What a time we have all been through. One of the many unusual aspects of this pandemic has been how the whole world has had shared experiences. Most of us have retreated to personal bubbles within our homes, worked remotely, and are hyper-alert to being physically distant from friends, colleagues, and people dear to us.  I rapidly shifted my business online. I noticed the strain of looking into a camera and not being able to read people’s responses has stressed...

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Leading Exceptional Online Meetings

“How do you stop meetings from being boring?” This question dominated my recent free zoom session on leading exceptional online meetings. 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 the meeting,...

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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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